A former Chicago Bears All-Pro Cornerback has been arrested in Phoenix on a murder charge, police sources said.
Several police sources told KNXV that 59-year-old Michael Richardson, who won the Super Bowl with Beers in 1985, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of killing another.
Like, which was discovered by the police at a crossroads, he was rushed to the hospital in critical condition at gunpoint and later died. Phoenix police investigated the shooting death as a homicide, as reported by the Arizona Republic.
According to court documents cited by KNXV, Richardson, who lives in a gated community in East Mesa, also committed a felony for his arrest.
Maricopa County Jail records show Richardson was held bondless without murder charges, possession of a weapon and a dangerous drug for sale by a prohibited person. The records show he was due to appear in court on January 6 on a warrant.
It is unclear if Richardson hired a lawyer who could comment on the allegations against him.
Richardson, a resident of Compton, California, was an early start to the Bears’ defense in 1985 and was named a second-team All-Pro in 1986. He was also featured in the team’s iconic “Super Bowl Ruffle” video, KNXV reported.
Richardson sings on the song, “I’m La Mike and I play it well, they don’t budge from me.”
Before being drafted by Bears in 1983, Richardson was an allout American at Arizona State University.
Wednesday’s arrest is the latest in a string of legal woes for Richardson. He was busted twice earlier this year by Phoenix police for alleged drug possession and was arrested in Maricopa County in 2018 on charges of theft and possession of meth, crack cocaine and heroin, KNXV reported.
In 2010, ESPN reported that Richardson had been released from custody and a 13-year prison sentence set by a California appellate court was cut to more than 10 years after determining that he had taken narcotics The 2008 conviction for selling did not violate the terms of his probation.
ESPN reported that Richardson had the 21st sentence on drug-related charges at the time of the incident – and his fifth felony in 16 years.
ESPN reported that legal trouble for Richardson began in San Francisco in 1989, exactly three years after his last NFL season when he was convicted of two felony counts and received a four-year prison sentence.
Richardson’s public defender, according to court tapes, began Richardson’s “deep reliance on drugs” when he was just 13 years old.