Raiders release Henry Ruggs III after fatal accident in Las Vegas

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The Las Vegas Raiders announced Tuesday they have released wide receiver Henry Ruggs III after he was involved in a car accident in the early morning hours that resulted in a fatality in Las Vegas.

Ruggs is expected to be charged with a DUI resulted in death stemming from the two-car accident in the early morning hours Tuesday.

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

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

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

The Raiders are aware of an accident involving Henry Ruggs III that occurred this morning in Las Vegas,” the team said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “We are devastated by the loss of life and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family. We are in the process of gathering information and will have no further comment at this time.”

By the end of the evening, the Raiders had decided to no longer have Ruggs as a part of their roster moving forward.

Ruggs was the 12th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

81 responses to “Raiders release Henry Ruggs III after fatal accident in Las Vegas

  1. I applaud the Raiders. Once it became obvious Ruggs would be charged with Felony DUI, he deserved to be waived. Considering NFL players have a service that will drive them home 24 hours a day, there’s no excuse for what Ruggs did

  2. Sadly this was always one of the fears of having a franchise in Las Vegas. Yes this can happen anywhere but Las Vegas is a destination party place. Sort of a nightmare to have a roster constructed of mostly people under 26 making 6 figures a week near strip clubs, gambling establishments and clubs that never close.

  3. The no paid leave, the Raiders released him Also, in NV, prison for this isn’t optional, it’s mandatory. I live in Vegas, these draw VERY steep sentences usually. So getting suspended by the NFL is the least of his problems.

  4. Damn. This is a downright sad outcome for everyone involved. I hope my Raiders can bounce back from this, just like they did after Gruden’s departure. Ruggs wasn’t known to be a problem child. It just goes to show how one very poor decision can ruin everything for you.

  5. Sad. Good man and amazing talent. One careless move has left many heart broken. Love and prayers to the victim and family and also for Henry. This is more than football. Hope he comes out a better man.

  6. All he had to do was call an Uber. Hell call Roger goodell himself and tell him you need a ride home cuz you’re drunk.
    But NOPE ! Smh!!!!!

  7. What a tragedy. So many sad stories going to come from this. Hate seeing a 22yo kid made one bad decision and have that moment tell the story for the rest of his life. What a shame.

  8. A great lesson in how talent isn’t everything. Teach your kids to do the right thing, not feel so privileged at such a young age no matter how skilled they are. Life is precious, and these two involved have both paid a tragic price affecting everything and everyone around them. UNNECESSARILY!

    “Hell of a thing killing a man, ya take away everything they’ve got, and everything they”ll ever gonna have.”

    From Unforgiven.

  9. It is so sad to see a young man ruin his life and take the life of another. Regardless of prison time, he is going to spend his whole life trying to make amends. I hope, for him, that he can do it.

  10. It’s amazing how quickly a bad decision can make you go from being a star to your career being over in the blink of an eye.

    Ruggs could have gotten a ride share or used his teams security detail to take him anywhere.

    Here’s hoping he’s prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  11. These guys are making millions of dollars go out drinking and insist on flaunting their wealth in their high end cars and being stupid. All this could have been avoided for probably a $20 Uber ride but hey that’s not cool. When will people learn? Do not drive if you are going out partying. Uber may not be cool but at least you’ll still have a job and not wind up in prison. SMFH…

  12. Wow. So sad for the innocent woman. His life is forever ruined after so much promise. Let it be a lesson for the rest of us. Taxi, ride sharing service, designated driver, whatever.

  13. Shocking story. He claims he was not intoxicated and that the blood test will show that, we will see. But at the very least and regardless of blood alcohol results he was hot dogging his car in a dangerous way that caused the accident. Im just a layperson, but this sounds like a fairly high speed hit.

  14. Just awful all around. So very very sad for all. Raiders did the right thing here. Now the legal process takes over out of that spotlight.

  15. What a pity, but it had to be done. Silly, silly boy. There is NO excuse for drinking and driving, if that’s what he did. NONE. Get a cab or don’t drink if you must drive your flash car. It’s not that difficult. RIEP 🕊️ to the victims. So many lives destroyed through one man’s selfish actions…

  16. Hey, how about you make millions playing a sport, get all sorts of accolades and notoriety, then retire in your 30s rich and famous?

    Naw … I’m just gonna drive my Vette drunk instead. Thanks anyway.

  17. Imagine having millions of dollars and being too stupid to get an Uber so you kill an innocent person…

  18. Won’t bring the victim back. But at least this sends a message that NFL players are not exempt from life’s ramifications like the average person.

  19. Prayers for the family to the loss of life. The Raiders have a job to do and Ruggs was a major part of the offense but taking another persons life is far more important than being a Raider. As a lifelong fan I hope somehow The Raiders and Fans get through this very tough year. God Bless!

  20. I’m totally baffled why these NFL players drink and don’t take advantage of their teams free ride assistance programs, they all have them, now we have another innocent life taken and multiple lives changed forever for the worse because of pure ignorance

  21. Raiders release Henry Ruggs III after fatal accident in Las Vegas.

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    Well he’s going to jail for a LONG LONG time so there’s that too……..

  22. Why do these young rich professional athletes decide to stay out until all hours of the morning to drink and party? with your rich contract also come reponsibility as a grown up and so many fail and get into serious trouble.condolences to his victim(s),they didnt need to perish on a street in sin city.

  23. His freedom, fame and fortune are gone because of one act of stupidity. You have the money; take an Uber! Senseless.

  24. This sucks for the victims family! Ruggs, he made his own decision, so, now he gets to deal with it!

  25. The big story here is the loss of life in a era when a person who drives drunk clearly chose to do this. A click on a phone and you have a ride. He could have made a wise decision and now two lives are over. He will sit in prison and a family has lost their daughter. Sad day for that family. Ruggs made a poor choice and will get what he deserves but honestly 20 years is not enough!

  26. It’s unbelievable how fast & how much trouble these guys can get into when they have a bye week. The sad part is the guy is rich enough to find himself a high-priced lawyer who will probably be able to get him a short sentence. And be out of the clink by his mid-20’s & a chance to restart his career.

  27. The Raider’s are just as much of a train wreck under Al’s son as they were when Al was there… WOW. The Davis family just needs to sell their interest in the team and move on. Let someone that has a clue have that team.

  28. Wow, one horrible, horrible decision takes one life and ruins another. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victim.

  29. Another tragic death at the hands of a person who was to selfish to use a ride service. His future has now been set as a failure.

  30. They need to make the trial public as an example to the rest of the players around the league who think it’s cool to drive their fancy cars while intoxicated. Just plain dumb. Someone lost their life because he wanted to impress his friends. I bet they won’t visit him in prison.

  31. The ultimate hangover. To wake up and realize your in this situation. And only yourself to blame. A nightmare that’s going to last forever. Hearts out to the innocent victims family.

  32. Reports indicate this happened at 3:39 am and that his girlfriend and young child were in the car. It’s incomprehensible what they could be doing at that hour with a child. Hopefully other NFL players will learn from this.

  33. THAT’s the way you do it. The NFL must initiate a zero tolerance policy for this and many other actions. Playing in the NFL isn’t a right. It’s a privilege. Domestic violence? You’re gone. Drug bust? History. Do a Deshaun Watson? Don’t let the door hit you on your way out. But it has to be a league policy – otherwise, Jerry Jones will declare the player has a good heart and will give him a job.

  34. Why does someone need to drink alcohol or do drugs to feel good about themselves? What is such a person missing in their life?

  35. Just had to drive his fancy car instead of taking an uber. Now he’ll never drive it again, has lost millions and millions in potential earnings, and ruined both another family and his own.

  36. I certainly understand why the Raiders wanted to cut ties with Ruggs, but I thought that the Personal Conduct Policy under the collective bargaining agreement prohibits teams from cutting players due solely to being accused of off field criminal conduct.

  37. What shame and disaster this organization is, it’s proving more and more everyday that moving your team to Las Vegas is going to be one of the worst decisions is the history of the league.

  38. What an enormous shame and disaster this organization is, it’s proving more and more everyday that moving your team to Las Vegas is going to be one of the worst decisions in the history of the league.

  39. What’s sad is he lost his best friend to a car accident. He pays tribute to him before every game. There was a whole exclusive special on it when he was entering the draft. He’s got to feel horrible. Sad an innocent life was lost. Sad a young person with an amazing future is going to reap what he sows for a long time. It would be good if the NFL sent guys like Mike Vick and Ryan Leaf to work with guys like Ruggs while in prison to help them learn how to make effectively confront their mistakes, start a new chapter and live with themselves. No sense in two lives being lost.

  40. What is ironic about this story is that this kid had a lifelong friend die in a car wreck back in 2015 and has since made dedications to him by tossing up 3 fingers when he makes big plays. It’s easy to bash the Raiders, but how about, first, we hold these millionaire athletes accountable? Partying mid-season was unwise; there are better things you can do with your time during the season. Next, he knew what he planned to do and where he was going. Yet he chose not to use the “Uber-NFL” service available for its players. Now you have to deal with loss of life. Poor judgment all the way around.

  41. Tragic circumstances all the way around. Bad decisions can ruin your career and your life and tragically the life of a completely innocent person. There is going to be civil and criminal liability here. Call for a ride for God’s sake. It would have been so much cheaper and much simpler.

  42. Terrible, tragic, and completely preventable. This isn’t on the team or the city – this can happen anywhere. It’s on the individual that chose not to use the free NFL-provided car service, or order a ride from Uber/Lyft on his own dime. He was in Las Vegas, NV with tons of alternate options available to him, not Las Vegas, TX (or NM).

  43. Drunk driving is not a “mistake”. Or a “tragedy”.. It is a DECISION. Not only is Ubder everywhere, but the NFL has a free car service for it’s players…

    “The NFL Players Association will provide a chauffeured car to take you wherever and whenever — that’s 24/7/365 — you need to go.”

  44. I see several of you don’t know how to switch off your football rivalry mentalities. This was an individual making a terrible decision that resulted in lives lost. Has nothing to do with the raiders as an organization.

  45. And as often happens in drunk driving accidents, the offender walks away with barely a scratch while someone else is killed our injured. Driving drunk at an obscene speed is equivalent to an assault with a deadly weapon. His lawyer is the one who helped Josh Jacobs beat his DUI case and has a history of getting his clients off. Here is hoping that doesn’t happen here.

  46. BuckyBadger says:
    November 3, 2021 at 12:15 am
    Sadly this was always one of the fears of having a franchise in Las Vegas. Yes this can happen anywhere but Las Vegas is a destination party place. Sort of a nightmare to have a roster constructed of mostly people under 26 making 6 figures a week near strip clubs, gambling establishments and clubs that never close

    non sense.

    this is on ruggs. no one, or nothing else. just him.

  47. This tale should be a wake up call for anyone who gets behind the wheel after drinking. Not only can your life be ruined in an instant, but you could bear the burden of another person’s death forever. It’s simply not worth the risk when their are plenty of options out there.

  48. Where the heck do all the people blaming Las Vegas live? A sparsely populated, dry, rural county off the grid in a yurt?

    I assure you, Miami, Dallas, NY, Chicago, LA, etc. have plenty of bars, clubs, and nightlife. This can and does happen anywhere unfortunately. It is on the driver, not the city.

  49. PFTSelectiveCensorship says:

    And as often happens in drunk driving accidents, the offender walks away with barely a scratch while someone else is killed our injured. Driving drunk at an obscene speed is equivalent to an assault with a deadly weapon. His lawyer is the one who helped Josh Jacobs beat his DUI case and has a history of getting his clients off. Here is hoping that doesn’t happen here.
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    Jacobs wasn’t legally drunk and didn’t kill anyone, it had nothing to do with his lawyer. They don’t mess around in Vegas when it comes to this, if he was intoxicated he’s going to prison

  50. An NFL team in Las Vegas is an all around poor relocation move. I was in Vegas a month ago NONE of the locals want that team there nor will they root for this team. They all prefer an expansion team like the Golden Knights. Also NFL players are drafted and paid a life changing salary, for them to be located in America’s adult play ground is not going to end well and we are seeing that unfold right in front of our eyes.

  51. I believe it is time for the NFL to consider removing Mark Davis as the owner of the franchise. This is now the third major scandal the team has been involved in this season. Team president Marc badain was forced out because of “accounting irregularities.” We are all familiar with the Jon gruden scandal. And now this. There certainly appears to be a lack of institutional control with that franchise. How many more black eyes will the NFL suffer as a result of an owner who cannot maintain control of his team or its operations?

  52. topcide says:
    November 3, 2021 at 9:46 am
    BuckyBadger says:
    November 3, 2021 at 12:15 am
    Sadly this was always one of the fears of having a franchise in Las Vegas. Yes this can happen anywhere but Las Vegas is a destination party place. Sort of a nightmare to have a roster constructed of mostly people under 26 making 6 figures a week near strip clubs, gambling establishments and clubs that never close

    non sense.

    this is on ruggs. no one, or nothing else. just him.

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    Not saying otherwise but things are more prevalent in Vegas then most places. I don’t find it coincidence that this rare event happened here and wouldn’t be surprised if the next horrible event happens there. Going to happen more in Vegas then Buffalo, Clevelannd or Green Bay

  53. Why the hell was he out getting wasted at 3 in the morning during the middle of the season?? Even worse, the Raiders are in first place and maybe have a shot at the Super Bowl. But they needed Ruggs on the field. He was a key player. The moment he got behind the wheel knowing he was too inebriated to drive shows his complete lack of respect for the Raiders organization and he didn’t give a rat’s behind about his teammates or the Vegas community that supported and cheered for him. The ultimate selfish act. Now he’ll sit in jail hopefully for many years thinking about the promising career he threw away. But screw him! I hope he wakes up and goes to bed everyday for the rest of his life with guilt and shame in his heart and mind for killing that young woman.

  54. This is not a Vegas problem, this is a judgement problem. All he had to do is call the NFL 24 hour car service and pick up the car when he was cold sober. I hope that other rookies in the NFL heed the warning and use all of the help available to them. I feel for the victims family and for Mr Ruggs family also as all of their lives will be changed in numerous ways.

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