Michael Richardson Wiki – Michael Richardson Bio
Michael Richardson is a former Chicago Bears football player, who has been arrested in connection to the murder of a Phoenix man on Tuesday, according to online jail records and several media reports.
Phoenix police arrested Richardson on Wednesday, December 30, on a murder charge stemming from the shooting death of 47-year-old Ronald Like the day before, ABC15 reported.
On Tuesday, December 29, police responded to a shooting near 40th and Van Buren streets around 9 a.m., the station said. They found Like, who had been shot, and rushed him to a nearby hospital where he later died, ABC15 continued, citing police.
He is 59 years old.
Michael Richardson Arrested
The former Chicago Bears All-Pro cornerback has been arrested in Phoenix on a murder charge, police sources said.
Richardson who won a Super Bowl with the Bears in 1985, was arrested Wednesday on a second-degree murder charge in connection with the Tuesday shooting death of 47-year-old Ronald Like, multiple police sources told KNXV.
Former Chicago Bears star Michael Richardson was arrested for murder in Phoenix. https://t.co/HowGLIihsj
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Like, who was discovered by cops at an intersection, was rushed to a hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound and later died. Phoenix cops investigated the shooting death as a homicide, the Arizona Republic reported.
Richardson, who lives in a gated community in East Mesa, also had a felony warrant out for his arrest, according to court documents cited by KNXV.
Maricopa County jail records show Richardson was being held without bond on charges of murder, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, and possession of a dangerous drug for sale. He’s due to appear in court on the warrant on Jan. 6, records show.
It’s unclear if Richardson has hired an attorney who could comment on the charges he faces.
According to ABC15, sources confirmed to the station that the Richardson booked into jail on December 30 is the same man who “was an All-Pro cornerback and Super Bowl Champion with the famed 1985 Chicago Bears.”
Richardson, a Southern California native, played college football for ASU and was recognized as an All-American in 1981 and 1982, the American Football Database states. He went on to play in the NFL for seven seasons throughout the 1980s, according to the organization. Richardson played for the Chicago Bears from 1983 to 1988 and for the San Francisco 49ers briefly in 1989, AFD said.
Richardson “was part of the Super Bowl-winning Bears team in 1985 and appeared in the infamous ‘Super Bowl Shuffle video,’” ABC15 added, writing:
In the catchy song, Richardson has a solo, singing, “I’m LA Mike and I play it cool. They don’t sneak by me because I’m no fool.”
According to online court records, Richardson has had several prior run-ins with the law — however, his most recent “arrest in connection to the murder is the most serious crime Richardson has ever been tied to,” ABC15 said.
Already this year, Richardson has been arrested twice by Phoenix police for charges surrounding drug possession, Maricopa County court records show. In 2018, he was accused of theft and possessing meth, crack cocaine, and heroin, according to other online records.
Richardson had been convicted of more than 20 crimes by 2008, according to ESPN and The Chicago Tribune — largely while living in Southern California before he moved back to Chicago in 2010.
“As recently as 2008, Richardson faced up to a 13-year sentence for possession of methamphetamine and crack cocaine,” The Chicago Tribune said in 2011. “He had been convicted for the 21st time on a drug offense since the end of his football career.”