LAS VEGAS, NV – Earlier this season, the Las Vegas Raiders cut Henry Ruggs after he was involved in a fiery crash that caused the death of a 23-year-old woman. Ruggs has also been charged with felony DUI resulting in death and reckless driving resulting in death or serious bodily harm for his role in that accident.
Now former teammate Nate Hobbs has been arrested on DUI charges as well.
It was revealed that he was arrested early last Monday morning after the team had returned from their away game in Indianapolis.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 3, 2022
According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Hobbs was found sleeping at the wheel of his vehicle on a parking lot exit ramp at 4:09 a.m. on Monday.
Police were alerted by witnesses of Hobbs presence and condition. He was given a field sobriety test, which police report he failed. He was taken to Clark County Detention Center where he was booked for DUI.
The team responded to his arrest by saying:
“We’re just trying to collect as much information as we possibly can on what exactly happened, and what the situation is and where he’s at with that. We take that extremely serious organizationally and so based on what we’ve learned, we expect Nate to play,” interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said.
“It’s a legal matter, and I will leave it at that.”
The expectation of Nate being able to play was in reference to their week 18 contest against the Los Angeles Chargers with the playoffs on the line. And play he did.
Of course, Bisaccia is only in his position after Jon Gruden resigned earlier this season after years old emails surfaced with him using racial stereotyping verbiage.
“As far as the distractions go, we’ve kind of learned how to deal with distractions around here,” Bisaccia said.
“We’re certainly disappointed in the news. I don’t have all the facts yet. I’ll be able to comment, I would think, as the end of the week comes, when I get more information about what’s going to actually happen with that.”
What actually happened so far is that Hobbs was arrested and released. He played in the game on Sunday and will continue to play as the team advances into the playoffs. His court date on the charges is scheduled for May.
As reported by the New York Post, Hobbs’ attorneys issued a statement to TMZ. That statement, in part, read:
“The facts and circumstances related by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to the news and media leave serious concerns that this does not qualify as a DUI under Nevada law,” said David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld.
The Raiders and LVPD are extremely tight and apparently the team doesn't expect Hobbs to face DUI charges — similar to Josh Jacobs after his crash and arrest last Jan.
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) January 5, 2022
According to Vic Tafur:
“The Raiders and LVPD are extremely tight and apparently the team doesn’t expect Hobbs to face DUI charges — similar to Josh Jacon=bs after his crash and arrest last Jan.”
Josh Jacobs was involved in a single-car accident, suffering injuries. He was arrested driving under the influence.
The charges against him were dropped after LVMPD said that his blood alcohol level was below the legal limit to be considered a DUI.
In Nevada, a person is considered “under the influence” if impaired to the degree that the person cannot safely drive.
Nevada law also allows for a “sleeping it off” defense, which may be what Hobbs’ legal team is planning to argue. Laws in Nevada dictate that a person must be in physical control of the vehicle to be charged with DUI. Items that will be taken into account include:
- The person is asleep inside the vehicle;
- The person is not in the driver’s seat of the vehicle;
- The engine of the vehicle is not running;
- The vehicle is lawfully parked; and
- Under the facts presented, it is evident that the person could not have driven the vehicle to the location while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, a controlled substance or a prohibited substance.
It will remain to be seen if Hobbs is charged after this arrest. He is also not the only one in the NFL making headlines for the wrong reasons.
Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith was also arrested this month on suspicion of DUI. But Vegas seems to be having more than their fair share of issues, with Ruggs and Damon Arnette being cut for legal troubles.
Former first-round NFL draft pick cut over social media posts showing him brandishing a gun and threatening murder
LAS VEGAS, NV – The former first-round draft pick for the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020 is without a job after social media posts allegedly created from him after he was seen brandishing a gun and threatening murder.
The Raiders 2020 Draft will go down as the worst in NFL history:
R1 Henry Ruggs: Prison
R1 Damon Arnette: Cut
R3 Lynn Bowden: Traded, 0 snaps
R3 Bryan Edwards: Starting WR
R3 Tanner Muse: Cut, 0 snaps
R4 John Simpson: Backup
R4 Amik Robertson: Benched pic.twitter.com/Db55ZdIVQc
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) November 8, 2021
Damon Arnette had a bright future in front of him in the NFL and worked hard to attain it until he threw it away, at least for now, when he decided to make a social media post showing himself armed with a gun.
Now, you may say that a lot of people show pictures like that on social media, and they do. Problem is, he was threatening to kill someone while waving the gun around.
When the Las Vegas Raiders caught wind of the social media post, they decided that they needed to cut ties with him to show that they do not condone violence in any form, especially gun violence.
The Raiders General Manager, Mike Mayock, said that they moved forward with their “painful decision” to release Arnette from the team. Mayock said:
“There have been a series of bad decisions over the last year or so, but we can’t stand for the video of Damon with a gun threatening to take a life.
The content was unacceptable, contrary to our values and our owner Mark Davis has been very clear and very consistent that this is not how we will conduct ourselves in this community. The bottom line, the Raiders will not tolerate this type of behavior.”
#Raiders last month:
Oct. 8: First Gruden emails leak
Oct. 10: Gruden coaches vs CHI, lose 20-9
Oct. 11: More emails leak, Gruden resigns
Nov. 2: Henry Ruggs charged with DUI resulting in death. Ruggs cut
Nov. 6: Video shows Damon Arnette flashing guns.
Nov. 8: Arnette cut.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 8, 2021
Arnette, who was chosen 19th overall in the NFL draft, was not on many team’s radars, at least not that early, due to what Mayock referred to as “significant concerns” regarding his moral character.
Knowing the ‘concerns,’ Mayock and the team felt that they would be able to mentor Arnette and improve his character off the field. Mayock admitted defeat in this arena and said:
“Obviously in hindsight, we weren’t able to do it. I know a lot of people, including myself, we were all concerned about this, but at the time we thought it was an acceptable risk. Obviously, it’s painful on all levels.”
Arnette was recently on social media posting these type of videos.pic.twitter.com/LSDGkCpYed
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 8, 2021
“We found the risk acceptable after doing more homework on Arnette than anybody we’ve done in the years I’ve been here. Obviously, we missed. That is 100% on me.”
Arnette being cut from the team is not the only hard decision Mayock and the Raider’s administration have had to make in the last few weeks. In early November, the team had to cut the number twelve over all draft pick, Henry Ruggs, III, after he was involved in a fatal traffic crash.
In that case, police allege that Ruggs was driving his vehicle at 156 MPH when the crash occurred. Police further noted that Ruggs’ blood-alcohol level was “twice” the legal limit in Nevada.
Now Ruggs is facing several felony charges for the crash, DUI, and the traffic fatality he is accused of causing.
This also comes on the heels of the drama the organization faced concerning their former head coach, Jon Gruden.
Gruden was accused of sending racist, homophobic and misogynistic emails roughly a decade ago. The existence of these emails became known during an unrelated investigation by the NFL involving the former Washington Redskins, known referred to as the Washington Football Team.
With Gruden, he decided to resign from his position instead of being terminated. Gruden announced his resignation by saying:
“I have resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I am sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”
Now Mayock and the raiders are working at defending how they have selected personnel for the team. He alleges that history shows that the team has been able to do adequate research in the past and select team members who are of good moral character.
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GREEN BAY, WI- At one time, sports media reported on…sports. Not anymore. Now if you tune into, for example ESPN, you are lectured about systemic racism, bad cops, Donald Trump and of course, coronavirus.
We’re not really sure when this all started, but it began to escalate in 2016 when Donald Trump was elected president. Oh, you had NBC’s resident virtue signaling loudmouth Bob Costas weighing in on gun control, but for the most part, they just told you the down and yards to go. The latest target of the woke sports media mob is quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.
What was his crime? Did he beat up his girlfriend? Shoot himself in the leg? Murder somebody? No, he went against the preferred narrative on the coronavirus vaccine. And the media and Twitter mob are losing their collective minds, Breitbart Sports reported.
Meanwhile, the NFL has a history of players who have committed real actual crimes…including domestic violence, robbery, drunk driving, and yes…murder. And in a number of such cases, the media gave them only passing notice.
Two rather significant issues in the sporting world have come up in the past week…Aaron Rodgers being diagnosed with COVID-19 and his “politically incorrect” response to the vaccine issue, and the drunk driving crash involving former Las Vegas Raider Henry Ruggs III that left a 23-year-old woman dead.
The story on Rodgers has been breathlessly reported practically 24/7 on sports media, while the case involving Ruggs has pretty much been given a pass.
In case you missed it, Ruggs crashed his Corvette into the back of the woman’s SUV, causing the cars to erupt in flames, as he was going well over 100 mph. The media’s reaction? They pretty much ignored it because after all, Rodgers wasn’t down with the coronavirus talking points.
Of course, the situation with Ruggs wasn’t the only one. Another Raiders player (it’s always the Raiders, isn’t it?) was shown on video appearing to threaten someone with a gun.
Last Friday, a video was posted to Twitter showing Raiders’ defensive back Damon Arnette appearing to carry some type of semi-automatic weapon. The media’s reaction? Yawn…hey, it wasn’t a coronavirus scofflaw, an offense which some in the media believe should be punishable by the firing squad.
Oh, and Arnette is also being sued relative to a hit-and-run crash on Oct. 14, 2020, where he slammed into her at about 65 mph, injuring a woman. Arnette apparently missed a turn into the Raiders training facility, TMZ reported at the time, and swerved into her car. He then left the scene and continued to the training facility.
The woman suffered multiple injuries in the crash, including head trauma and is dealing with chronic shoulder, neck and back pain in addition to depression and panic attacks as a result of the crash, Yahoo Sports reported.
He’s also being sued after an alleged incident at a Vegas casino, where he allegedly berated a valet worker, spit on him and poked him in the chest. The valet is seeking half-a-million dollars in that incident, according to Deadspin.
Then there is Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who stands accused of 22 sexual assaults. The media has referred to the sexual assaults as “alleged” incidents and speaks about Watson’s stalled NFL career and trade rumors.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill has also seen years of following him, including domestic assault and child abuse but this too has been widely ignored by the mainstream sports media.
Want another one? How about Washington Redskins (sorry we refuse to call it the “Washington Football Team) former player Derrius Guice, arrested this past August for domestic abuse. While the team quickly released him, the sports media merely reported on the story, didn’t editorialize, no handwringing, no personal attacks…just reporting the news.
Not Aaron Rodgers, however. The three-time NFL MVP went against the narrative because he actually gave thoughtful, educated, and unemotional reasons for not getting the coronavirus vaccine.
And for that, he has a giant bullseye on his back from the mainstream media, who have called for his suspension by the NFL, have attempted to get companies such as State Farm to pull Rodgers from being their spokesmen, and have breathlessly claimed he “risked the lives” of young, healthy, athletic men.
At the same time, the same media yawn when it comes to real, actual crimes, including crimes against women and children.