NFL cornerback Richard Sherman apparently threatened to kill himself just before he was arrested and jailed early Wednesday morning.
Sherman's wife, Ashely Moss, made a panicked 911 call saying her husband was threatening to take his own life.
The NFL star was taken down by a police K9 after allegedly attempting to break into his wife's parent's home as he was arrested for "burglary domestic violence", police said.
Moss told the 911 operator that her husband “was being aggressive” with her uncle after drinking “two bottles” of hard liquor.
Moss added that Sherman was “threatening to kill himself … and sent text messages to people saying he is going to hang himself.”
The 33-year-old cornerback, who is currently a free agent, was taken into custody by police in Redmond, Washington on Wednesday morning.
In addition to the domestic violence charge, Sherman was arrested for resisting arrest and malicious mischief for damage to his in-laws' door.
Redmond police chief Darrell Lowe said the domestic violence charge was due to the confrontation with his in-laws, “not due to him physically assaulting a significant other."
The former San Francisco 49ers star is also being investigated for a possible DUI and hit-and-run, police told The Sun, after a car registered to Sherman was involved in a single-car crash involving a construction barrier.
The car fled the scene by the time officers arrived but it was later found abandoned and severely damaged in a parking lot off an exit along Highway 520, around half a mile from where he was arrested.
Nobody was injured in either incident and Sherman did not make it into his in-law's home, Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe said in a press conference.
Moss, who was described as being "shaken", confirmed details surrounding Sherman's arrest to the Seattle Times.
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“At this time we’re going to make no statements, except he didn’t harm anybody,” Moss said. “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. I want people to know no one was injured.”
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