The Las Vegas Raiders have had no choice but to move forward in the wake of teammate Henry Ruggs’ deadly DUI vehicle accident. The horrible incident also came in the wake of the resignation of head coach John Gruden over the team’s email scandal. Teammates are just now starting to speak their minds on the situation.

Speaking with reporters for the first time since the accident, Ruggs said he was shocked and hurt by the actions of his former teammate. He said the team was disappointed that Ruggs was no longer around. TMZ Sports shared a video of the press junket.

“Henry is somebody everybody liked. Not just because he was the fastest person you’ve ever seen run on the field. But he was a good person and a respectful person…

It is shocking. And it does hurt a little bit.”

The Raiders had no choice but to cut Ruggs after the crash. He could be facing up to 50 years in prison for his awful mistake. The former wide receiver is charged with four felonies for his involvement in the accident while under the influence.

It is unlikely that Henry Ruggs will ever play professional football again. He was an intriguing prospect, drafted in the first round out of Alabama after racking up 24 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide. He is considered by many a freak athlete, excelling on the basketball court and track in high school.

The beleagured Raiders fell to the New York Giants this weekend in a close 23-16 game. Las Vegas fans must getting nervous about all the off-field distractions. Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia has a lot on his plate if he wants to right the ship in Sin City.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a new contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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