Star wide receiver Henry Ruggs III ruined career in fatal car crash, some believe penalty should be harsher

After this event many people are debating over whether or not a heavier penalty should be awarded to Ruggs


Ruggs was taken to Clark County Detention Center before his initial court appearance.

Ethan Graham, Writer

Henry Ruggs III is a wide receiver out of the University of Alabama who played for the Las Vegas Raiders and is now a free agent. He had promising talent and was just starting to live up to his first round value with 24 receptions, 469 yards, and two touchdowns in his seven game period with the Raiders this season. He is highly regarded as one of the fastest players on (and now off) the field.

Ruggs has been cut from the Raiders, and will most likely never play football again.

On a clear Las Vegas night at 3:40 a.m., Ruggs drove his Corvette with a blood alcohol content of .161 (twice the legal limit), and hit a top speed of 156 miles per hour. This ultimately resulted in a collision into an innocent woman’s car, killing her and her dog.

Ruggs was charged with four felonies.

He has been charged with two counts of driving under the influence, each charge worth two to twenty years of jail time. The other two were reckless driving, where in Nevada is considered a felony if resulting in death. Each of these are worth one to six years.

Ruggs must be sentenced to prison, and will not receive probation.

While some cannot imagine forgiving Ruggs, former teammate Derek Carr is still sending love his way.

He said, “He needs people to love him right now. He’s probably feeling a certain type of way about himself right now, and he needs to be loved. And if no one else will do it, I’ll do it.”

With all of this being addressed, some believe Ruggs is getting let off the hook very lightly, with a maximum sentence of 50 years. It is very unlikely that Ruggs gets the maximum sentence, seeing that he is a millionaire, and will have very expensive lawyers.

“You cannot stop [someone] unless you physically restrain [them]. Someone who wants to drunk drive cannot be stopped from doing it,” said Matthew Meagher in his video titled “Ruggs’ Old Tweets Are Haunting”.

Ruggs was a role model for so many kids, and aspiring football players that are trying to make it to the pros just like him.

The charge he will get include manslaughter, meaning he did not intend to kill the woman. That begs the question: does stepping into a vehicle with a .161 alcohol level count as intending to kill?

There are some who strongly believe Henry Ruggs and other drunk drivers around the country need to be disciplined more harshly for their immature and childish actions.

In a publically posted comment on a Raiders Beat article, a reader said, “[Ruggs] needs to do some serious time for what he has done. 20 years is nothing.”