NFL Rumors: Former Raiders' WR Henry Ruggs Blaming Firefighters For Victim's Death

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The Las Vegas Raiders are going to have a memorable season but not for the best reasons.

Head Coach Jon Gruden was involved in a scandal over leaked emails containing homophobic, misogynistic, and racist slurs; so they had to let him go.

Then, two of their 2020 NFL Draft picks made the news for their reckless behavior.

Henry Ruggs III was involved in a fatal car crash and Damon Arnette was recorded waiving guns and making threats, so they immediately cut ties with both youngsters.

Ruggs Faces 50 Years

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Obviously, Ruggs is in a much more complicated situation right now, as he's facing multiple felony charges and could be locked up for a very, very long time:

“The bare minimum would be two years in prison, up to as much as somewhere in the 50 [-years] range. These are non-probationable offenses,” Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told the media, per YardBarker. “So the felony DUI charges, if Mr. Ruggs is convicted, he can’t get probation. He must get a prison sentence.”


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Blaming Firefighters

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To make things even worse, Ruggs' lawyers have now tried to discredit firefighters and blame them for the death of Tina Tintor, Ruggs' victim, according to The Daily Beast:

"In their court filing, Ruggs’ lawyers wrote that “firemen did not attempt to extinguish the fire at Ms. Tintor’s vehicle for approximately 20 minutes at which time the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames. Firefighters were “in a position to extinguish the vehicle fire while it was in its infancy stages and failed to do so,” they alleged," read the report.

Needless to say, County spokespersons quickly denied those accusations and stood by their first responders.

Raiders Won't Abandon Ruggs

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The Raiders have stated that, even though they cut ties with Ruggs as a player, they'll still try and help him through this difficult time:

“We released Henry Ruggs the football player,” team owner Mark Davis told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Henry Ruggs is still a human being and Raider alumni and somebody that we want to help. We’ll be there for him.”

Despite being in just his second year in the league, Ruggs was one of the most beloved and respected figures around the locker room.

Drafting 'High Character Players'

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The Raiders' Draft class of 2020 was far from successful as Arnette and Ruggs didn't last long in the league due to their poor decision-making.

Nonetheless, GM Mike Mayock stated that they'll continue to look for "high character players":

“I think in ‘19 and ‘21, we’ve done a heck of a job both with football players and character, and we’re going to continue to be consistent with that,” Mayock told FanNation.

Hopefully, their upcoming picks will focus entirely on football and put their safety first and foremost.