Sport News Richard Sherman arrest report paints picture of a man who needs help

Richard Sherman is in a bad spot right now, facing legal trouble and clearly fighting personal demons. The combination of the police and media are not making things much better.

Wednesday’s headlines about Sherman’s situation give the impression of a very different story than what happened and continues to unfold.

NBC News: NFL star Richard Sherman arrested on domestic violence charge

CNN: NFL star Richard Sherman arrested in domestic violence case, police say

NFL: Free-agent CB Richard Sherman arrested, booked on multiple charges

And, Deadspin, in the interest of transparency: Richard Sherman arrested on suspicion of ‘burglary domestic violence’

The arrest of one of the best defensive backs in NFL history is newsworthy, for sure, but headlines like these strongly suggest that Sherman did something heinous. It takes until the fifth paragraph of the NFL website’s story to get to a key component, Redmond police chief Darrell Lowe saying, “the domestic violence component results from Mr. Sherman’s relationship with the occupants of the residence, not due to him physically assaulting his significant other. The malicious mischief is the result of the damage he caused to the door of the residence.”

And it was deep into the Seattle Times’ story that Sherman’s wife, Ashley Moss, made it clear, “My kids were not harmed in the incident. He’s a good person and this is not his character. We’re doing all right, just trying to get him out [of jail]. I want people to know no one was injured.”

Learning the context of the incident, that Sherman — according to the 911 call Moss made — was threatening suicide and trying to get into his in-laws’ house, the story is very different. Moss’ statement that Sherman had consumed “two bottles” of liquor before driving off suggests a serious crime that should be investigated: drunk driving that caused damage in a construction zone. Aside from that, this is an incident that speaks to a need for institutional reform to give people in distress the help they need.

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