Las Vegas Raiders Have Gotten Rid of Henry Ruggs; What Went Wrong?

Published 11/03/2021, 4:51 PM EDT
Dec 6, 2020; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) celebrates with wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets in the fourth quarter of a NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports


AFC West toppers Las Vegas Raiders have had a smooth road so far this season. But what is life if not for its uncertainties? A team that just won in a dominating fashion last week has been hit with a humongous blow. The Raiders’ WR Henry Ruggs has been released by the club due to serious DUI charges.

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Henry Ruggs III charged with driving under the influence (DUI)

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According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Henry Ruggs III was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) resulting in a fatality when his automobile rear-ended another car, killing one person. Owing to his actions, the wide receiver was released by the Las Vegas Raiders on Tuesday night.

Early Tuesday, at 3:39 a.m., LVMPD went to an accident near an intersection where they discovered a Chevrolet Corvette and a Toyota RAV4 on fire. Firefighters arrived and discovered a person deceased inside the Toyota, according to authorities. “The preliminary investigation indicates the front of the Chevrolet collided with the rear of the Toyota,” LVMPD concluded in a Twitter thread. Ruggs, 22, was identified as the driver of the Chevrolet and remained on the scene where he was showing signs of impairment, police said. [via CNN]

Las Vegas Raiders and David Chesnoff, Ruggs’ lawyer, release statements

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Soon as the incident happened and came under public scrutiny, a barrage of official statements started getting released. The first one to do was Ruggs’ attorney. David Chesnoff, Ruggs’ lawyer, released a statement to CNN affiliate KNTV Tuesday. “On behalf of our client Henry Ruggs III we are conducting our own investigation as of this writing and ask everyone to reserve judgment until all the facts are gathered,” the statement read.
Then came in the Raiders with their statement. They released the statement early morning stating their awareness of the matter and how they are sorry about it. “We are devastated by the loss of life and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family,” the team’s statement read. “We are in the process of gathering information and will have no further comment at this time.”

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Dec 6, 2020; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) celebrates with wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets in the first half of a NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Suresh Menon is an NFL and Football writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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