Raiders Release WR Henry Ruggs III One Day After Car Crash

Former Raiders WR Ruggs is set to appear in court on Wednesday

Raiders Nation. We have some more developing news regarding now former star Wide Receiver Henry Ruggs III.

The Las Vegas Raiders officially released Ruggs, 22, after he was charged with a DUI in the fatal car crash early Tuesday morning. Ruggs was charged with DUI with serious bodily harm and reckless driving after the Wide Receivers’ participation in the fatal crash.

According to a report from “TMZ,” the NFL star was driving a Chevrolet Corvette at a high speed when he crashed into a Toyota RAV4 early Tuesday morning. At approximately 3:40 a.m. The Toyota RAV4 caught on fire, trapping the driver who wasn’t able to escape the flames. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

New Information Released

Kiara Washington, 22, Ruggs’ girlfriend, whom he has a daughter with, was a passenger in the Chevrolet Corvette driven by Ruggs at the time of the crash. She claimed to have sustained, “serious” but non-life threatening injuries, police reported.

According to The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Ruggs was traveling 156 mph before the crash, but had slowed down to 127 mph at the time of the crash.

Police also reported that the driver of the Toyota RAV4 that Ruggs crashed into was 23-year-old Tina Tintor. Witnesses tried to help Tintor out of the car, but she was pinned in and later died with her dog as a result of the crash, as the vehicle was on fire.

The University Medical Center released Ruggs on Tuesday and he was booked into the Clark County Detention Center. After being charged with absentia, he will appear for his first court appearance on Wednesday.

Statement from the NFL

Because of Ruggs release from the Raiders, The NFL weighed in with their reactions to the news.

Here is the following statement:

“We will continue to gather facts and monitor the matter under our policies, but our thoughts at this time are with those impacted by this devastating incident.”

NFL Officials

Statement from Ruggs’ Attorneys

Ruggs’ attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld told “TMZ Sports”: “On behalf of our client, Henry Ruggs III, we are conducting our own investigation as of this writing, and ask everyone to reserve judgment until all the facts are gathered.”

Chesnoff and Schonfeld are the same lawyers who represented running back Josh Jacobs for his arrest off of a DUI charge. Back in January 2021, Jacobs was involved in a single car crash incident that led him to the Clark County Detention Center. Luckily, Jacobs never faced charges once a probe proved his blood-alcohol level was within the legal limits.

About Henry Ruggs III

Raiders fans. You may think you know Henry Ruggs and his previous history, but do you really?

Ruggs was born on January 24, 1999, in Montgomery, Alabama where he was a three-sport athlete at Robert E, Lee High School. Besides being a stud Wide Receiver for the varsity football team, Ruggs played basketball and also ran track.

Ruggs’ college Career

Because of his stellar football talent and his speed and catching abilities, Ruggs committed to the University of Alabama after his senior season. During his three-year career, he proved to be another fantastic WR to come out of the program and move onto the NFL draft.

He won a national championship in his freshman year, catching 12 passes for 229 yards and 6 touchdowns. His big break came in 2019, where he complied 40 catches for 746 yards and 7 touchdowns. Due to his stellar three-year career with the Alabama Crimson Tide, he was selected 12th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

So Raiders Nations, let’s keep our thoughts and prayers with all the families affected in this ongoing tragedy.

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