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Star NFL player will be charged with DUI in fatal car crash

Story at a glance

  • Ruggs was allegedly driving under the influence and collided with another vehicle early Tuesday morning.
  • The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced Ruggs would be charged with a DUI.
  • The NFL released a statement saying it was still gathering information from the accident with no further comment.

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III’s fate with the NFL is uncertain as the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced he will be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) resulting in death.

The police department announced on Tuesday that officers responded to a traffic collision at approximately 3:30 am. A Chevrolet Corvette and a Toyota Rav4 had collided resulting in the Rav4 catching fire. Fire department personnel found, “a deceased victim inside the Toyota,” according to the NFL in a statement

The identity of the victim was not disclosed. Ruggs, 22, was identified as the driver of the Corvette and LVMD said he, “showed signs of impairment.” He was taken to a local hospital and treated for non-threatening injuries. 

David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, Ruggs’ attorneys, told The Associated Press that they also were investigating the crash and asking everyone to hold off on judgement until all the facts were gathered. 


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In Nevada, a DUI that caused death carries a possible sentence of two to 20 years in state prison, according to the AP.

The NFL released a statement that said it was aware of the accident and that it is, “in the process of gathering information and will have no further comment at this time.”

Ruggs could face suspension by the NFL if he’s found in violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. The policy states, “It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. We are all held to a higher standard and must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, promotes the values of the NFL and is lawful.” 

Ruggs joined the Raiders two years ago and was 12th in the overall 2020 draft. He previously played at the University of Alabama, helping the Crimson Tide win the national championship in 2017 as a freshman.


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