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.