Former Alabama and Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was involved in a fatal car crash this week.
Ruggs, who has subsequently been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and reckless driving, reportedly had a blood alcohol content twice Nevada’s legal limit at the time of the accident and apparently driving 156 miles per hour.
If convicted, Ruggs is staring down an extremely long prison stint.
On Wednesday various members of the Raiders spoke to the media about this entire tragic situation.
Team quarterback Derek Carr opened up about his feelings regarding everything that transpired and, along the way, revealed that one of the final text messages Ruggs had sent prior to the accident was to him and fellow wide receiver Hunter Renfrow.
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“He literally texted me at midnight a golf swing, hit me and Hunter [Renfrow], ‘How’s my swing look? You guys need to help me’ And just seeing that and then getting the news when we woke up, I just … I don’t even know how I’m supposed to handle that,” Carr said.
Obviously his golf swing will be the least of Ruggs’ problems now.
Carr went on to admit that this ordeal has hit him harder than he thought it would.
“I will say I walked by and saw Henry’s Locker today and for whatever reason, that got me you know like, like he’s not, not going to be there, you know,” he said.
“Not because he’s fast, not because of what he could do for me, but because of the person that he is and because I love him.”
Carr also made it a point to express his condolences to the family.
“My emotions have been on a roller coaster, so to speak, this year,” he continued. “My heart goes out so much … to the family, to all the families involved. No one ever wants to see this, whether it’s a football player or not, you never want to see something like this happen. It broke my wife and I’s heart, honestly. We talked about it a little bit, but I can only talk about it so much.”
Between the controversy that cost former head coach Jon Gruden his job, the ensuing inquiries involving his son Deuce, and the Carl Nassib fiasco – this had already been a terrible season for the Raiders.
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And now this.
There have been a lot of sad stories to hit the NFL in recent years, but what is happening right now in this particular instance is up there with all of them. Just a tragedy all the way around.