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Michael Richardson Biography
A former Chicago Bears football player was arrested in connection with the murder of a Phoenix man Tuesday, according to online jail records and various media reports.
Phoenix police arrested Michael Richardson, 59, on Wednesday, Dec. 30, on a murder charge stemming from the shooting death of Ronald Like, 47, the day before, ABC15 reported. On Tuesday, Dec. 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.
Although police have yet to publicly name Richardson as a suspect, ABC15 cited several “sources” confirming the arrest and connection. Maricopa County jail records also show that a “Michael Richardson” was arrested on Wednesday, December 30, on various charges, including murder, weapons misconduct and a felony warrant.
The former NFL player, who was on the Super Bowl-winning team for the Chicago Bears in 1985, has yet to appear before a judge for his initial appearance, jail records indicate.
According to ABC15, Richardson lives in a gated community in East Mesa.
Richardson Played Football for Arizona State University & The Chicago Bears
According to ABC15, sources confirmed to the station that the Richardson who was booked into jail on December 30 is the same man who “was an All-Pro cornerback and Super Bowl champion with the famous 1985 Chicago Bears.”
Richardson, a native of Southern California, played college football for ASU and was recognized as an All-American in 1981 and 1982, the 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 Has an Extensive Prior Criminal History, According to Local Media & Online Court Records
According to online court records, Richardson has had several previous run-ins with the law; however, his most recent “arrest in connection with the murder is the most serious crime Richardson has ever been linked to,” ABC15 said.
Already this year, Richardson has been arrested twice by Phoenix police on drug possession charges, Maricopa County court records show. In 2018, he was charged with theft and possession of methamphetamine, crack and heroin, according to other online records.
Richardson had been convicted of more than 20 crimes in 2008, according to ESPN and The Chicago Tribune, largely while living in Southern California before returning to Chicago in 2010.
“As recently as 2008, Richardson faced a 13-year sentence for possession of methamphetamine and crack,” the Chicago Tribune said in 2011. “He had been convicted for the 21st time of a drug offense since the end of his soccer career.”
ESPN reported in 2010 that the soccer player developed a deep dependence on drugs when he was 13 years old, writing