Nate Hobbs looked like an excellent prospect at defensive back coming out of the University of Illinois. The Las Vegas Raiders liked his upside enough to spend a fifth-round draft pick to bring him into the fold. That promise of a bright future is already in jeopardy.
The Raiders have had their share of problems this season. Head coach Jon Gruden parted ways with the team after leaked emails created a scandal in the front office. Less than a month later, Henry Ruggs killed a young woman in a vehicle crash caused by his driving under the influence. Damon Arnette was accused of being involved in a hit and run accident.
Hobbs is the latest Raider whose poor decision has led to controversy. The 22-year-old cornerback was arrested for DUI shortly after the Raiders defeated the Indianapolis Colts this week. He was found passed out at the wheel by police, according to TMZ.
Police were called after witnesses spotted him sleeping in the driver’s seat outside the Cromwell Hotel at around 4:00 AM. Officers woke him up and administered a field sobriety check. They determined that Hobbs was drunk and arrested him for DUI.
Nate Hobbs was booked at the Clark County Detention Center later the same morning. He will be released from custody pending a May court date. Hobbs was fortunate the situation didn’t end tragically.
Hobbs started for the Raiders just hours before his arrest. He recorded four tackles against the Colts. There is no word on what type of disciplinary action the team will take against the rookie CB. Given the year they’ve had, it will likely be stiff.
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