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Published on February 26, 2024
Former Seahawks Star Richard Sherman Arrested on Suspicion of DUI in BellevueSource: Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Former Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman found himself in custody over the weekend, facing suspicion of driving under the influence. The Washington State Patrol told CNN that Sherman was pulled over after clocking in at 79 mph in a 60 mph zone around 2 a.m. in Bellevue. Following a field investigation where Sherman admitted to consuming two margaritas, a District Court judge saw enough to establish probable cause for a DUI charge.

The 35-year-old former Super Bowl champ exhibited "the odor of intoxicants" and had "bloodshot and watery eyes," as detailed by Washington State Patrol Trooper Jordan Hazzard-Thomas, in a probable cause statement mentioned by KIRO 7. Sherman's legal team was reportedly contacted for comments on the arrest. Meanwhile, the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office anticipated that Sherman would have his day in court on Monday.

Best known for his role in defining the Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" defense, Sherman contributed to a Seattle victory in the 2013 season's Super Bowl. His lauded career includes three All-Pro selections and recognition on the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2010s All-Decade Team. After his tenure with Seattle, Sherman had stints with the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and most recently served as a football analyst.

Saturday's incident was not Sherman's first run-in with the law. On July 14, 2021, he was embroiled in a situation that involved crashing his car into a highway construction site and attempting to breach the door of his in-laws' residence. This confrontation escalated into a physical altercation with police. As KOMO News reported, the family expressed concerns afterward that Sherman was experiencing suicidal tendencies at the time. In a subsequent plea deal in 2022, Sherman pleaded guilty to several charges, including first-degree negligent driving and second-degree criminal trespass.