Two years in the past, the Las Vegas Raiders chosen Henry Ruggs III out of Alabama with the twelfth choose of the 2020 NFL Draft. Ruggs put collectively an inconsistent however promising first season, and thru seven weeks this yr, he was the crew’s main receiver, discovering some stable chemistry with quarterback Derek Carr.
The whole lot modified on November 2. The Raiders launched Ruggs hours after he crashed his automotive into one other car, killing 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her canine.
Ruggs was driving 156 miles per hour in his Corvette in a residential strip in Las Vegas and was going 120 miles per hour when he hit Tintor’s Toyota RAV4. His blood alcohol content material (BAC) was 0.161, greater than twice the authorized restrict. First respondents say Tintor and her canine had been nonetheless alive after the influence however died within the ensuing hearth.
Each Ruggs and his girlfriend, Kiara Kilgo-Washington, had been seen ingesting at a High Golf earlier within the night. They had been handled for non-life-threatening accidents at a close-by hospital.
Ruggs has been charged with driving underneath the affect leading to dying and reckless driving. He faces a minimal sentence of two years in jail, which may extend to more than 50 years if he is discovered responsible of felony prices.
Voiding His Contract
The Raiders will nearly actually look to void the rest of Ruggs’s contract. The receiver had signed a four-year, $16.67 million deal that was absolutely assured. Nonetheless, the crew can void each the rest of the deal and a portion of the signing bonus as a result of his conduct.
If the Raiders do void the contract, they will recoup $5.76 million of future wage ensures, per Spotrac. They will additionally doubtless try to get well some or all of his $6.18 million signing bonus. All collectively, Ruggs will solely obtain about $4.73 million from his contract, lacking out on near 72% of the whole.
Ruggs is at the moment on home arrest underneath strict supervision whereas the case continues in court docket. His Raiders profession is over, and his NFL profession very effectively could also be, too. Now, he awaits sentencing.