The Raiders lost their starting running back for the season with a neck injury, leading to some tough questions on social media. Head coach Jon Gruden has had players take over his former job of being an analyst during games, but Carr’s reactions have been more visible in recent weeks
THE CITY OF HENDERSON, NEVADA — Derek Carr said he and Hunter Renfrow, who are passionate golfers when they aren’t playing quarterback and wide receiver for the Las Vegas Raiders, received a text message from Henry Ruggs III late Monday night with a video attached.
“A golf swing,” Carr said Wednesday of the contents of Ruggs’ message, which he received while at Topgolf and asked, “‘How’s my swing look?” ‘I need your assistance,’ says the narrator.
“How am I expected to react after witnessing that and then hearing the news when we awoke? I’m not sure how I’m expected to respond.”
Ruggs was involved in an automobile accident less than four hours after sending the text, killing Tina Tintor, 23. He may face up to 46 years in jail if convicted on felony counts of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and careless driving. Ruggs was traveling 156 mph with a blood alcohol percentage double the legal limit in Nevada when his 2020 Chevrolet Corvette smashed into the back of Tintor’s 2013 Toyota Rav4, which erupted into flames, according to prosecutors. He might also face a firearm charge for having a loaded pistol in the vehicle while under the influence, since he had one in the car at the time of the collision.
The Raiders released the 2020 first-round draft selection on Tuesday night.
Rich Bisaccia, the Raiders’ interim coach, also addressed at the stage on Wednesday, reading from a prepared speech.
Bisaccia added, “We wish to convey our heartfelt sympathies to the victim’s family.” “A person died early yesterday morning, and we believe it’s important to keep that in mind while we discuss this awful tragedy.” We’re heartbroken for everyone who has been impacted. The victim’s relatives, in particular.
“However, we adore Henry Ruggs and want him to know it. It was a heinous blunder of judgment of the worst sort. He’ll have to deal with the consequences for the rest of his life. Nobody here is oblivious to the seriousness of the situation, and we realize and appreciate the loss of life.”
On Monday, the Raiders resumed meetings and exercises after their bye week, and Bisaccia said a “Unity Council Meeting” was conducted with 14 players, including team leaders, to remind them of their duties. Bisaccia said that the team had discussed the need of avoiding problems before they arise.
“But, once again, [Ruggs] placed himself in a difficult circumstance,” Bisaccia added, “and made a decision that changed his life forever.”
The Raiders were off on Tuesday, but with “so much information” about Ruggs’ collision and arrest out there, Bisaccia conducted a team meeting via videoconference at 4 p.m. PT. “So they’d be able to see our faces,” he said. “We wanted to provide them the information that we had at the time.”
The Raiders then released Ruggs after receiving further information about his speed, blood alcohol level, and the severity of the horrific collision. Wednesday morning, another team meeting was conducted to review the situation.
“There are two different entities: Henry Ruggs the football player, who is no longer a member of the Raiders, and Henry Ruggs the person, who is undoubtedly going through what he is going through and will have to face the consequences for his conduct,” Bisaccia said.
“There isn’t a plan for this.” There’s no manual for dealing with the barriers that… arise, whether you’re a parent, a teacher, or someone like my father, who drove a truck. There is no plan for these things, and I believe we will all rely on one another.
“To be absolutely honest, I’m not sure I can put into words the emotional turmoil that… I experienced. I simply know that as a parent and someone who loves for and works with young kids on a daily basis, I’m not sure I could describe what the feelings are.”
Nick Saban, Ruggs’ college coach at Alabama, shared similar comments on Wednesday.
“Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to everyone involved in this awful incident, particularly the victims.” “Certainly, our thoughts and prayers are with them,” Saban added. “However, our thoughts and prayers are with Henry and his family, and I believe this is a lesson that many people may learn from.”
“When we say push people to make good choices and judgments, do the right thing, I believe a lot of guys on our team mean it, because the repercussions may be catastrophic, and these consequences will most likely be disastrous to Henry. We adore him and will be there for him no matter what. However, we have a great deal of sympathy for the victims, and our thoughts and prayers are with them as well.”
Bisaccia and Carr were the only Raiders to comment publicly on Wednesday, and Carr, like Bisaccia, prioritized Tintor’s family. But he was upset on a personal level as he passed Ruggs’ locker on Wednesday morning, he added.
“For some reason, it piqued my interest. Carr reiterated that he will miss him, saying, “Like, like, he’s not going to be there.” “Not because he’s quick, or because of what he can do for me, but because of who he is and how much I adore him.”
“This one stings because, once again, it has a significant impact on certain families and lives. That grieves me, and it grieves my heart. Because I am aware that there is suffering. I’m quite aware of the embarrassment. I’m sure there’s a lot of rage. I know it’s all there, all the sentiments that no one wants to feel or have for them. That’s a challenge.”
Alex Scarborough of ESPN contributed to this story.
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