At this point will the Las Vegas Raiders have any players left? They just lost two of their number one draft picks in about one-weeks time. They released Henry Ruggs after he killed a woman and her dog in a horrific DUI accident where he was going well over 100 MPH. The woman and her dog were burned alive while Henry sat on the side of the road and cried. And just a few days later, Raiders cornerback Damon Arnette hopped online with a slew of guns and made death threats against fans, while pointing guns at the camera.
Well, karma has finally caught up to Mr. Arnette, and the team has released him.
Here’s the video that started it all:
The Score reported that the Las Vegas Raiders are releasing cornerback Damon Arnette after he threatened to kill someone while holding multiple guns in a video, general manager Mike Mayock confirmed Monday.
“Very painful decision. We spent significant time, effort, and resources trying to help him in all aspects of his life … we cannot stand for the video of Damon with a gun, threatening to take a life,” Mayock said, according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.
The Raiders have cut both their 2020 first-round picks within the last week. They waived Henry Ruggs following his involvement in a fatal car crash.
Arnette was a surprise selection when Las Vegas drafted him 19th overall. The Raiders were intrigued by his athleticism but knew he had character concerns coming out of Ohio State.
“We did more research on Arnette than anybody else since I have been here and we missed,” Mayock said, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic. “And that is 100% on me.”
Arnette reportedly tiptoed around trouble for much of his rookie season. At one point, he crashed four rental cars in approximately one month, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He also faces a lawsuit from a woman who said he injured her in a 2020 car crash and fled the scene. He allegedly struck her vehicle while trying to get to a team meeting on time.
Sounds like the NFL was well-aware that this man was a problem, but they hired him anyway.
Look, I get it that fans can be jerks and troll players and whatnot, but you can’t get out your guns and threaten to kill them. This seems to be a systemic problem in the NFL nowadays and would explain why they have so many women abuse and violence issues.
Maybe instead of vilifying people who don’t want to take a vaccine, the NFL should worry more about the known-troubled and/or violent players that they’re rewarding with multi-million-dollar contracts.