Henry Ruggs’ Former Teammates Claim ‘He Needs to be Loved’ After Car Crash

Published 11/05/2021, 9:50 AM EDT


Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was recently involved in a gruesome car accident. According to the prosecutors, Ruggs was driving at the speed of 156 mph with a blood-alcohol content twice Nevada’s legal limit, before his Chevrolet Corvette slammed into the rear of Tina O. Tintor’s vehicle that burned down, eventually killing her.

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Following the incident, Ruggs was cut by the team Tuesday night due to his ‘terrible lapse in judgment’. However, the wideout’s teammate quarterback Derek Carr feels that the player is going through a lot and that he needs to be loved right now.

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Derek Carr on Henry Ruggs III

“I will always be here for him. That won’t change, and I will prove that over the course of time to him. Not to anybody else,” Carr said. “But he needs people to love him right now. He’s probably feeling a certain type of way about himself right now, and he needs to be loved. And if no one else will do it, I’ll do it.”

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“My emotions have been on a roller coaster so to speak this year,” Carr added. “My heart goes out so much. I’ll try to say it with a straight face because I’ve already been emotional about every bit of this. But to the family, to all the families involved, no one ever wants to see this, whether it’s a football player or not, you never want to see something like this happen. It broke my wife and I’s heart, honestly.”

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Rich Bisaccia with the depth of the situation

However, the Raiders‘ interim coach Rich Bisaccia feels differently and in a more practical manner. “We want to express our sincere condolences to the victim’s family,” Bisaccia said from a prepared statement. “We’re deeply saddened for everyone affected. Especially the victim’s family.”

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“We love Henry Ruggs, and want him to know that,” he added. “It’s a terrible lapse in judgment, of the most horrific kind. It’s something that he will have to live with the rest of his life. The gravity of the situation is not lost on anyone here and we understand and respect the loss of life.”

After an unsuccessful rookie season, the 22-year-old has emerged as one of the most favorite targets to Derek Carr. As the quarterback has thrown 24 passes for a team-high 469 yards and two touchdowns to his former teammate Ruggs.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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