Star Las Vegas Raiders wide-receiver involved in fatal DUI crash, faces possible prison time

It’s mind-blowing that so many multi-millionaire professional athletes are seemingly willing to throw away a life of fame and luxury over one stupid, wreckless decision, yet it continues to happen regularly.

According to Fox News, the latest example — and a particularly shocking one at that — is Henry Ruggs III, the star wide receiver of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, who this week made the decision to drive drunk and as a result, ended up crashing into another vehicle, killing its occupant.

Ruggs reportedly crashed his Chevrolet Corvette into the back of a Toyota Rav4 in the early morning hours of Tuesday. The violent crash resulted in the Toyota catching fire. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers discovered a deceased body.

“Signs of impairment”

LVMPD officers reported that Ruggs stayed at the scene of the fiery crash, adding that the star NFL athlete “showed signs of impairment.”

Ruggs, and the passenger in his Corvette, was transported to a local area hospital where he was reportedly treated for “non-life-threatening” injuries sustained during the wreck.

The Raiders organization released a statement upon learning of the tragic accident, expressing condolences for the family of the person who perished in the crash.

“We are devasted by the loss of life and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family,” the organization said, via ESPN and the NFL Network. “We are in the process of gathering information and will have no further comment at this time.”

The following day, Ruggs, 22, was formally released from the Las Vegas Raiders, essentially losing his career, at least while he faces the consequences of his actions in the coming years.

Serious charges

Getting a run-of-the-mill is bad enough, but Ruggs, according to ESPN, crossed a much more serious legal threshold given that an innocent person dies as a result of his decision to drink and drive.

The now-former athlete, who signed a four-year, nearly $17 million contract just last year, faces multiple felony charges as a result of his DUI wreck, including “felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and reckless driving,” court documents revealed.

The “DUI resulting in death” charge carries up to a 20-year sentence, while the reckless driving charge carries a maximum six-year sentence. In the state of Arizona, probation is not an option for DUI incidents that involve a death.

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