TLas Vegas Raiders as they waived second-year cornerback Damon Arnette after a shocking video which he posted of him pointing high-power weapons in the camera and making death threats to someone he was direct-messaging with at the moment.
This is not the first time he gets into trouble, as he is facing lawsuits for a hit and run car accident from last October, in which a woman accused him of negligence while driving, where she came out injured.
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said in a conference call that it was a very painful decision as they spent significant time, effort and resources trying to help him in all aspects of his life.
“There have been a series of bad decisions over the last year or so,” Mayock continued with his statement. “But we can’t stand, we cannot stand for the video of Damon with a gun, threatening to take a life. The content was unacceptable, contrary to our values and our owner Mark Davis has been very clear and very consistent that this is not how we will conduct ourselves in this community. The bottom line – the Raiders will not tolerate this type of behavior. From my perspective, he’s a very talented young man with a good heart. He cleans up his life, I know he can make a living in the NFL. But not now, with the Raiders.”
When asked about the perception of young players in a 24-hour city like Las Vegas he said there are always conversations on how a player “fits” in a community: “Can a country kid live in a big city, or vice versa? … We do have to be aware of Vegas. But my thing is this – in just about any mid to big-sized city in the country, if you want to find trouble, you can find it. And our job is to find the kids that will get past that.”
This problem even seems bigger knowing that the Raiders also released their receiver Henry Ruggs III, as he was involved in a car crash which ended up tragically for the 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her dog. Now he is facing a felony DUI resulting in death and reckless driving charges that carry a possible sentence of 46 years in prison.
Arnette was a first-round pick in 2020, and had been injured since October 9. but as it looks like, he won’t be getting back on the field any time soon.