Las Vegas police say Henry Ruggs will be charged with felony DUI resulting in death

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Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs escaped serious injury in a car accident that happened on Tuesday morning. However, the two-car accident resulted in a fatality — and Ruggs allegedly was driving under the influence.

Las Vegas police have issued a statement indicating that Ruggs will be charged with DUI resulting in death.

Under Nevada law, DUI resulting in death is a Class B felony. Punishment includes two to 20 years in prison.

According to the statement, the front of Ruggs’s Corvette collided with the rear of a Toyota Rav4. The Toyota became engulfed in flames, and a “deceased victim” was found inside the Toyota.

Ruggs was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

135 responses to “Las Vegas police say Henry Ruggs will be charged with felony DUI resulting in death

  1. Promising young career. Say goodbye to your career and the millions and millions of dollars you’re going to leave on the table for being stupid.

  2. Money doesn’t buy you sense. All the money in the world for Uber, in fact I’m pretty sure the league provides them a driver for these situations. Now he’s not only ruined his own life but also devastated an entire family and murdered an innocent person.

  3. A life is taken and another life is changed forever and people jump as fast as they can to post snarky remarks.

  4. Uber and Lyft. I haven’t driven to a bar since 2013. Pretty sure Ruggs was making more than my salary.

  5. IF this is true, dude just took a life, presumably destroyed a family, and threw his own life away. All because he didn’t call Uber/Lyft. A hard, stark lesson for most of us, myself included.

  6. Tragic waste. Senseless irresponsibility. It’s hard to fathom. Many lives damaged through one preventable act.

  7. Tragic for all concerned.
    22yo young man makes one bad decision that destroys an innocent life and ruins a promising career.

    Thoughts and prayers.

    Life can change in an instant.

  8. Please tell me they actually hold this guy accountable. Enough of this crap where they get a slap on the wrist. A civilian is dead because of the negligence here.

  9. ryguy1269 says:

    November 2, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Why does the DUI offender always seem to walk away from these?

     

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    A cop once told me it was because drunk people are usually so relaxed that their bodies more easily “roll with the punches” in their vehicles, so to speak.

  10. ryguy1269 says:
    November 2, 2021 at 2:13 pm
    Why does the DUI offender always seem to walk away from these?

    Because they hit the other car. Does not matter if the rock hits the glass or the glass hits the rock not good for the glass.

  11. He killed someone and should be punished to the full extent of the law. There’s no excuse to be driving drunk, especially with such a ridiculous amount of money.

  12. ejmanuelshands says:
    November 2, 2021 at 2:15 pm
    A life is taken and another life is changed forever and people jump as fast as they can to post snarky remarks
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    And he deserves every single ‘snarky” remark.

  13. That could be any one of us when we were young fools driving when we shouldn’t. It could also be any one of us any day of the week in that Rav4. It’s a tragic awful thing for everyone involved. Let the process go forth and let the man pay the price if he’s guilty. It won’t change the outcome for the other person, and Mr. Ruggs’ life has been forever changed, whether he’s guilty or not. Deaths of this kind shouldn’t happen.

  14. I’m guessing the Raiders will keep him on the roster while this all plays out. Jon Gruden on the other hand sent some emails and is out of a job. Leonard Little and Dante Stallworth both killed people with their vehicles and they stayed gainfully employed. I see it no different here.

  15. Oh man this stinks for my team. Why do these kids think its okay to do this? Uber, lyft, taxi whatever. I hope they throw the book at him he needs prison time for this crime.

  16. It’s generally the person who wasn’t at fault who gets killed or crippled. I hope their family gets most of Ruggs’ money.

  17. Really gotta feel for Mark Davis. A new stadium finally full of fans. His team alone in first place of the NFC West. Hopes of a deep playoff run, and then the wheels start falling off — through no fault of his own.

    He’s gotta be thinking what’s coming next?

  18. His year is done. NFL will likely suspend him until all legal issues resolved. Time to trade for OBJ???

  19. The deadly DUI non withstanding, Ceedee Lamb was sitting right there for the Raiders in the 2020 draft. They make terrible drafting into an art form.

  20. An utter tragedy, first and foremost for the victim and the deceased’s family. A distant second is Ruggs whose career is effectively over and soon his liberty. The walkway has got to be this: Uber, Lyft, Cab — do anything other than drive drunk. This happens all too often and so many deaths can be prevented if people would refrain from drunk driving.

  21. Question: What do Ruggs and Alec Baldwin have in common?

    Answer: They both took the lives of innocent people.

  22. His best friend died in a car accident at 17. He was starting to turn it around this year, and now he has ruined his own life, and that of another family.

  23. If a car rear-ends another it is almost always deemed the fault the car that ran into the car in front — even if the driver of the car wasn’t drunk.

  24. The fatality either died upon impact or was burned to death. The NFL needs to dispense with this miscreant as forcefully and rapidly as possible. It is time that the NFL cracks down on guys like this. He was obviously traveling at a high rate of speed – and – if intoxicated – should be banned from the sport forever. Let him live his life knowing he is a murderer.

  25. ryguy1269 says:
    November 2, 2021 at 2:13 pm
    Why does the DUI offender always seem to walk away from these?

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    I don’t know about the exact science of it but basically, the person who is alert has the response time to tighten up and brace themselves. When someone is drunk they are much slower on reflex response and usually are not tightening up or bracing themselves so the air bags do exactly what they are supposed to do.

  26. Who said putting professional athletes in Las Vegas wouldn’t be a problem??? This is at least #2… remember Josh Jacob’s car accident??

  27. Add this to the Jacobs crash at the end of last year that the police seemed to look the other way on. Luckily he didn’t kill someone also.

    There is a serious problem with the Raiders.

  28. ejmanuelshands says:

    November 2, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    A life is taken and another life is changed forever and people jump as fast as they can to post snarky remarks
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    Well the life that was “changed forever” was entirely on him and it seems that’s what most of the snarky responses are towards. Theres absolutely no need to coddle or try to pretend like it wasnt his fault and quite honestly if that’s not being driven home that HE DID THIS not that it was done to him then hes not getting punished enough.

  29. Donté Stallworth hit and killed a pedestrian while driving drunk and got suspended for the entire season. He served only 25 days in jail.

    Even if Ruggs gets a slap on the wrist in court, his NFL career is doomed.

  30. No excuse for making that choice. There’s lots of ways to drink and get around without driving. That way, everyone is safe.

  31. Everyone’s knows your whole demeanor and judgement goes out the window when you drink to the point you are drunk. I feel bad for the victim and the family .

  32. The NFL has literally given players a number that they can call for free rides. 24/7, this is terribly avoidable and inexcusable. I hope the family of the deceased can find peace.

  33. bboyspaulrevere says:
    November 2, 2021 at 2:15 pm
    Uber and Lyft. I haven’t driven to a bar since 2013. Pretty sure Ruggs was making more than my salary.
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    Not likely. And even if true, how about that run to the convenience store to pick up that second six-pack, or the drive home after watching the game at your buddy’s place.

    In reality, every person who drinks and is condemning Ruggs has done the exact same thing. They’ve just been lucky enough that the exact same result has not happened to them, yet.

  34. I just love when professional athletes break the law, and receive no jail time —-said no one ever.

  35. The thought of someone burning to death makes me sick. If it was a loved one, worse. Nothing can fix this.

  36. Sadly, it will not be the last. Professional athletes and Las Vegas are not a good combination.

  37. Athletes have no excuse when it comes to calling for a ride from a bar hell I’m sure the team provides such a service themselves. What a mess tragic for the victim to have his life cut by a meat head moron.

  38. Leonard Little…Donte Stallworth…they both came back to play.
    If you’re an NFL player, nothing good happens out after midnight during the season. Same mistakes over and over…

  39. No Leonard Little nonsense here! How fast did he have to be going to cause the other car to catch on fire?

  40. fordbw says:
    Sadly, it will not be the last. Professional athletes and Las Vegas are not a good combination.
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    I agree, its just not a good place for a young athlete with a lot of money.

  41. Shame!!! An innocent life was taken from their family. A lot more people do it unfortunately. Just sit by any bar in the US at closing time, and you’ll see that most of the patrons leaving take the wheel and drive home. Only a few Uber or arrange for for a DD. Alcohol impairs one’s judgement. So, you gotta make plans before you actually drink. Prayers for those affected by this senseless act.

  42. I hope he gets a good sentence, but enough that he can come back and play some day because I want the family of his victim to get every penny he makes from now until he’s dead. It won’t make it OK, but neither will a long jail term.

  43. Felony DUI in Nevada 25 years to life, parole eligible 10 years. Attorneys will try and get charges reduced because first time offender. Don’t want to draw conclusions without all the facts, but if he is guilty hard to see him not doing some time.

  44. How does TMZ always find these things out before the NFL? The Ray Rice video, the Tyreek Hill audio, video of AB and the truck driver, etc. etc. TMZ must have the best investigative reporters on the planet.

  45. No trial, no evidence presented yet, only charges which are bound to happen in the event of a death. Guess we’ve learned nothing over the last two years

  46. See…we didn’t know about what happened at 3:40am but this is absolutely a career ender. I feel absolutely horrible for the person who lost their life. At the same time, Ruggs’ probably won’t be the same after this either. This whole scenario is brutal.

    I understand people saying just because it was 3:40am doesn’t mean he was up to no good…but in my experience, especially in Vegas, you are usually into something. Might not be illegal but you aren’t at Denny’s getting a grand slam breakfast.

  47. In today’s world. One must drive like all those on the road are impaired. Nevada is setting a record for these accidents this year. It will only increase. Be safe.

  48. I see where the Raiders organization sent “Thoughts and Prayers” (literally!) to the victim’s family.

    How about offering to at the very least pay funeral expenses and counseling for the family of the victim?

    Anything less rings hollow and crass.

  49. jacktatumroamingthemiddle says:
    November 2, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    How does TMZ always find these things out before the NFL? The Ray Rice video, the Tyreek Hill audio, video of AB and the truck driver, etc. etc. TMZ must have the best investigative reporters on the planet.
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    No, the NFL won’t pay top dollar for the videos.

  50. Even if a professional athlete doesn’t want to risk their trip to some college kid or housewife picking up a side hustle with Uber or Lyft, they make enough money to have a professional car service under contract, where they can still be seen arriving and leaving in a Benz, Lexus, or BMW.

    Ruggs was in a Corvette and allegedly (for legal purposes) drunk. What are the odds that Vette was traveling at or below the speed limit? Probably zero.

  51. I was shocked when I read the headlines. This is a tragic situation on both ends. There goes our deep threat, just when he was starting to turn into a weapon. We might have to trade for DeSean Jackson now.

  52. Most teams offer a safe ride program, he had lots of options at his disposal. Shades of Braylon Edwards all over again.

  53. What’s really sad is people giving thumbs downs to people expressing their disappointment in Ruggs.
    We live in a society today in which people do not take responsibility for their own actions. And then there are those (such as these thumbs downers) who are always ready to make excuses for them and point the finger at something or someone else.
    Ruggs made a stupid decision which caused another — innocent — person to lose their life. That person and their family is where everyone’s sympathy should be.
    And now let’s hope the legal system will do its job and — if Ruggs is indeed guilty of the charge — make sure that he pays for what he did.
    Now I will get thumbs downs, too, by the same out-of-touch people who have given others thumbs downs.
    We all know, though, if this had happened to someone in their family, they’d be screaming from the rafters to hang Ruggs.

  54. Typically a DUI happens after a person has been drinking and driving on other occasions, and finally was caught. Others have commented on the drive to the store for that 2nd 6 pack, or the drive home from your buddies after having a few while watching the game. This is a stark reminder of how drinking and driving simply isn’t worth it. All the ride share companies make it inexcusable to drink & drive and risk harming another…Ruggs just kissed his career goodbye. Sad and condolences for the family of the victim.

  55. ryguy1269 says:
    November 2, 2021 at 2:13 pm
    Why does the DUI offender always seem to walk away from these?

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    They see it coming first. Gives them time to react that the victims rarely get.

  56. ejmanuelshands says:
    November 2, 2021 at 2:15 pm
    A life is taken and another life is changed forever and people jump as fast as they can to post snarky remarks.

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    This will change many lives forever

  57. Leonard Little…Donte Stallworth…they both came back to play.
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    Yeah.. Little came back… and got popped for DUI AGAIN.

    Scum of the earth.

  58. It’s mind boggling to me how some people on here are only thinking of the football angle of this situation. Someone died needlessly, and Rugg’s life is ruined. Right now, no one should care about who the Raiders could trade for to replace their deep threat. Come on…

  59. Many, many times I’ve chosen a taxi, Uber, or Lyft, and been so happy I did. Always worth the expense.

  60. Sad, someone is dead due to his inability to drive while drinking. Five years in the clinker or longer should take care of it. Not to mention the civil suit wiping out his bank account. Chucky would not be happy about this if he was still the coach. He” maybe he is happy hes not coaching anymore.

  61. I’ve been to Vegas probably 40 times, I have never once taken my car out of the parking structure at the hotel after dark. With all the cabs and ride share in that city, it’s insane to drink and drive.

    I feel bad for the family and friends of the deceased. I can’t believe a kid with that much in front of them ruined his life just to have some drinks and drive golf balls. It’s just unbelievable to me.

  62. DUI = Driving Under the Influence. Not that it makes an itoa of difference, but does not necessarily mean he was drunk. Could have been some other drug, or a combination of drugs.

  63. Saban can’t save him this time. He wouldn’t have even been arrested if this happened at Alabama.

  64. That’s the end of Ruggs career. Not only will he be banned from the NFL, but any money that he has will be gone as the family of the victim sues him into poverty.

    I hope the victim went quickly, not burned to death.

  65. ImaPayne says:
    November 2, 2021 at 3:24 pm
    Sad, someone is dead due to his inability to drive while drinking.

    If you are under the influence you shouldn’t be driving at ALL. That’s how these kinds of things happen, because people think they are ‘ok’ to drive when they obviously are not.

  66. This was a completely avoidable tragedy. Here’s the sad thing, according to national statistics about 2 dozen people will today because of DUI’s. Take a look at the sobering statistic below

    “Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 50 minutes.”

  67. ryguy1269 says:
    November 2, 2021 at 2:13 pm
    Why does the DUI offender always seem to walk away from these?
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    Because at the point of impact, the person that’s under the influence is unconscious and relaxed.

  68. For everyone saying that his career is over, go look up Donte Stallworth. He’ll be back in the NFL.

  69. The tragedy lies in the fact that someone has died apparently as the result of Ruggs driving while impaired. Ruggs loss of a career isn’t a tragedy; it was a preventable stupid action. It’s seems we have these high profile cases that happen all the time and yet as a society, we still don’t condemn impaired driving enough. Every fatal DWI accident is preventable.

  70. Wow…….lawsuits in all kinds of directions on this one. You can bet Toyota is gathering the troops.

  71. Q. Why would he drive when he could take Uber or Lyft?

    A. Why would he take Uber or Lyft when he can drive a Corvette down the strip and get hot glances from gorgeous humans?

  72. Unfortunately this scumbag got a $10mil signing bonus last year, so he’s got bread to do minimum time. Should get the max.

  73. As a cop and navy man, I NEVER UNDERSTAND DUI’s. In Hawaii, HPD would sit on the Ala’Wai and wait. Some dumb military guy would be driving tanked. Or they would sit in front of the Ala’Moana mall, and do their thing there. Now that I’m a cop, I REALLY don’t get DUI’s.

    Uber/Lydt/Friend/family/Cab. I’d rather get my butt chewed by my wife for a call for my friends and I at 3AM being too drunk to drive, than risk 10,000 in fines plus mandatory classes.

    If Ruggs’ blood draw is above .08, HES FRIED. Typically, the blood draw will get done if they’re are injuries. He was injured, so they probably ran a blood test kit.

    NO REMORSE, DROP THE HAMMER

  74. bboyspaulrevere says:
    November 2, 2021 at 2:15 pm
    Uber and Lyft. I haven’t driven to a bar since 2013. Pretty sure Ruggs was making more than my salary.

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    This is very smart. Taking the Uber to the bar (not just from the bar) takes the decision of whether or not to drive home out of the hands of your impaired self.

  75. I don’t care what his BAC was. I don’t care if he had three beers or 20 bourbons – he should get 25+ to life. He made a decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle impaired and took the life of someone. I know it’s not premeditated, but you know better before you get drinks. Any professional athlete has resources that the majority of the public do not, and they pull this BS. I dont feel sorry for him one bit – and people saying he will have to live with this for the rest of his life, your right and it should haunt him until his dying days.

  76. lesepi says:
    November 2, 2021 at 2:25 pm
    The fatality either died upon impact or was burned to death. The NFL needs to dispense with this miscreant as forcefully and rapidly as possible. It is time that the NFL cracks down on guys like this. He was obviously traveling at a high rate of speed – and – if intoxicated – should be banned from the sport forever. Let him live his life knowing he is a murderer.

    Manslaughter is not murder.

  77. I don’t feel bad for Ruggs. It’s a shame his career is probably screwed but it’s more than a shame that someone died because of him. This is his fault and he needs to live with it. The NFL needs treat this properly. None of this good ole boy stuff like e NHL and Kyle Beach

  78. He took a life and was DUI. I could care less about Ruggs. I feel terrible for his family for this stupid and unnecessary act. Like many people have mentioned, there are plenty of Uber and Lyft drivers out there. What is it, like $20? And for that he decided to get behind the wheel and take someone’s life. That’s just dumb. All for $20. No penalty is harsh enough for him. No matter what his penalty is, it can’t restore the life he took.

  79. “With his money, he didn’t even need UBER. He could hav afforded a taxi.”

    Heck…He could afford a private driver.

  80. Some are here to express condolences for the victims, some to discuss the actions of Mr Ruggs, some to discuss the WR position of the Raiders and don’t care about the right, or wrong of the matter it’s just football talk to them.
    So it’s a tragedy that can’t be fixed. It’s a transgression and act of what some of us would call stupidity that will destroy his life too quite likely. And to the others yes, it’s as simple as a job opening on the raiders depth chart. And then of course the snarky comments but what are you gonna do in this type of forum really? So take these boards for what they are and don’t be too bothered if someone says a take that makes your blood boil. It will happen so just make your point as best you can and don’t fret the thumbs down. IMO

  81. Another idiot, uber or a taxi not good enough for the fool, killed a person, will be lawyered up, deserves 10yrs or more.

  82. I don’t think the Stallworth situation compares. Reportedly, Stallworth’s victim ran out into the middle of the street to catch a bus after work and was hit by Stallworth, who had been drinking….but apparently couldn’t avoid the accident. This Ruggs situation – rear ending someone and they burn to death in their car seems a lot worse to me by comparison

  83. For everyone saying that his career is over, go look up Donte Stallworth. He’ll be back in the NFL.

    Stallworth took a plea deal. His circumstances were different – his BAC was only 0.12 and his car speed was 50 in a 40 zone. He hit a pedestrian. One can have a BAC of 0.12 with two drinks.

    I suspect Ruggs was going much faster, if he managed to kill an individual in a vehicle. I also suspect a higher BAC, if he was “visibly impaired.” Also, the laws of Nevada are different from those of Florida. Nevada is very severe in comparison. He’s facing a class ‘B’ felony charge, which is the second highest possible. And unlike Florida, there is no possibility of probation. Prison time is mandatory.

    Ruggs’ best plan is to follow Stallworth’s path of contrition and financial settlement. But assuming there’s a blood test here, he’s in very serious trouble.

  84. Bad decision that killed someone. Ruggs will go to prison which he should. He’s Henry Ruggs, not Ted Kennedy.

  85. Who could have been able to see multiple 20 something year olds with tons of money living in America’s playground go wrong. Raiders better get a handle on it as an org or this only continues and gets worse. Sad day for both parties. One life lost and one thrown away.

  86. Sorry Detroiter, it’s not 1969 anymore. What happened 52 years ago was wrong. If it happened today he would end up in prison.

  87. Ruggs deserves significant jail time for this. No excuses especially when Uber is everywhere. But I wonder would this have happened if the Raiders were still in Oakland?? Vegas is known all over the world for being a 24/7 all night party town especially for young rich ppl. I feared that something like this was bound to happen to the Raiders simply because they were in Vegas. I’m not sure if Ruggs would be coming home from a nightclub drunk at 3:30 in the morning if he were in Oakland. There are just too many temptations that will land you in trouble in Vegas.

  88. detroiter says:
    November 2, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Bad decision that killed someone. Ruggs will go to prison which he should. He’s Henry Ruggs, not Ted Kennedy.

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    I was NOT a Ted Kennedy supporter at all. But I spoke with a very prominent attorney who was at that party the night that Mary Jo Kopechne was killed, when Ted Kennedy ran his car off the bridge at Chappaquidick. He told me flat out that Ted Kennedy was absolutely NOT having an illicit affair with her. He said Mary Jo was “extremely bright and extremely Catholic” and there was no way she was interested in Ted. In fact, she worked for his brother, Robert. He said the fact is, Mary Jo — who was one of 6 women who were there) had a little too much to drink and she was taken out and put in the backseat of Kennedy’s car to sleep it off. The attorney — who later became infamous for his work with the Senate Assassinations hearings, said it’s only a guess why they chose Kennedy’s car to put her in, but it might have been that they thought he could take her home. If you go back and research what happened, Kennedy said from the very onset that he didn’t realize anyone was in the car until it was in the water.

  89. All this talk about Ruggs ruining his life and being done with football? Come on now. Ruggs will never serve a single day in jail and will likely be back in uniform at the beginning of next season. Ruggs will of course need to pay big money to the family of the deceased. But there will be no jail time.

  90. Las Vegas drivers are insane. There are no speed limits and no one really cares, but most use turn signals. Becoming worse than LA. I know that area. Its fast.

    The real reason Ruggs walked away is Vetts have multiple driver airbags, exactly for this reason.

  91. Nothing good ever comes from a BYE WEEK! What a fitting week for a tragedy like this to happen. All of those ride-sharing services in Vegas and the NFL’s 24/7 ride call-line, and he still choose to drive. What a disgrace! As for the Raiders offense, they’re OK. Zay Jones will replace Ruggs, but signing DeSean Jackson would replace Ruggs’ role of occupying safeties deep in the field.

  92. I wanted Cee Dee Lamb badly, wanted Judy and would love Justin Jefferson. But they took this guy. So many bad high draft picks by Gruden. Another wasted pick and it goes on and on

  93. A 23 yr. old woman & her dog dead, burned alive! Athletes think $$ makes them king. Only in their own mind. I so feel for the girls family. I prefer taxis, but they r pretty unreliable, thus Uber/Lyft have garnered worth. I try to toe the line, get a ride or stay at a hotel nearby. And u spread your $ around. Driving drunk at 156mph at night? WOW. And he graduated college?

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