49ers GM John Lynch: 'We'll support' Richard Sherman and his family 'any way we can'

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Richard Sherman is no longer a member of the San Francisco 49ers, but his former team stands ready to help the free-agent cornerback at a time when it appears he needs assistance.

Sherman was arrested Wednesday in suburban Seattle on suspicion of "Burglary Domestic Violence," as well as charges of resisting arrest and malicious mischief, the Washington State Patrol confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

During a Zoom call Thursday in advance of his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Niners general manager John Lynch was asked about Sherman, who played the past three seasons in San Francisco.

Lynch learned of Sherman's situation upon returning to the United States after a safari in Tanzania with his family.

Former 49ers CB Richard Sherman (25) hugs San Francisco general manager John Lynch following a 26-21 San Francisco victory at Seattle in 2019.
Former 49ers CB Richard Sherman (25) hugs San Francisco general manager John Lynch following a 26-21 San Francisco victory at Seattle in 2019.

"Obviously not the news you want to hear, surprised certainly," Lynch said. "Obviously reached out to the family – to Richard, to Ashley (Sherman's wife) – just let them know that we want to be a resource for them. We do for all our players, both current and former.

"More than anything, just praying for them. They're good people, and just praying that they find their way through this, and we'll support them any way we can."

911 CALLS: Describe scenes before Richard Sherman's arrest

SHERMAN ARREST: On suspicion of burglary domestic violence

In a 911 call obtained by radio station KIRO in Seattle, Sherman's wife, Ashley Moss, described a scene at her house.

"He’s trying to leave now. He’s being aggressive. He’s wrestling with my uncle," she told the dispatcher. "He’s threatening to kill himself. He’s sent text messages to people saying he’s going to hang himself."

Moss said Sherman had no weapons and asked police not to shoot him when they arrived. She told The Seattle Times that Sherman didn't hurt anyone, adding, "He’s a good person and this is not his character."

A three-time All-Pro, Sherman was expected to sign with a contender later this summer.

Contributing: Scooby Axson, Mike Brehm.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Richard Sherman arrest: 49ers GM John Lynch says team wants to help