Richard Sherman apologizes as he's hit with five charges for 'smashing into his in-laws' home and drink driving'

RICHARD Sherman has apologized amid being hit with five charges for allegedly "smashing into his in-laws' home and drink driving".

The NFL star received the charges hours after being released from jail – when a judge praised him as a “pillar in the community".

Prosecutors said that the five counts Sherman faces include driving while under the influence; reckless endangerment of roadway workers; criminal trespass in the second degree – domestic violence; resisting arrest and malicious mischief in the third degree – domestic violence.

The athlete, who was pepper-sprayed by his father-in-law, was arrested in Washington on Wednesday after allegedly trying to break into the home of his wife’s parents.

He said today that he was "deeply remorseful" for his actions, reported TMZ.

Sherman added: "I behaved in a manner I am not proud of.

"I have been dealing with some personal challenges over the last several months, but that is not an excuse for how I acted."

He also said: "The importance of mental and emotional health is extremely real and I vow to get the help I need.

"I appreciate all of the people who have reached out in support of me and my family, including our community here in Seattle."

Sherman paid tribute to his family and friends, saying: "I am grateful to have such an amazing wife, family and support system to lean on during this time."

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