Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr revealed Henry Ruggs III texted him just hours before his DUI crash left a women dead on the scene. On early Tuesday morning in Las Vegas, Ruggs was going 156 mph right before the fatal crash which left a women dead and his girlfriend in a serious condition.
Hours after the fatal crash, the Raiders released Ruggs, who is now facing up to 20 years in prison. "A golf swing," Carr said on Wednesday of the contents of the message from Ruggs, who had been at sports entertainment venue Topgolf and asked, "'How's my swing look? You guys need to help me.'
"Just seeing that and then getting the news when we woke up, how am I supposed to handle that? How am I supposed to react?" Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia expressed his condolences to the victim's family and was sad because Ruggs made the worst possible decision.
"We want to express our sincere condolences to the victim's family," Bisaccia said. "A person lost their life yesterday morning, and we think it's important to keep focus on that as we talk about this tragic event.
We're deeply saddened for everyone affected. Especially, the victim's family. "That being said, we love Henry Ruggs and want him to know that. It was a terrible lapse in judgment, of the most horrific kind. It's something that he'll have to live with the rest of his life.
The gravity of the situation is not lost on anyone here and we understand and respect the loss of life."
Carr will miss Ruggs
"For whatever reason, that got me. Like, like, he's not going to be there," Carr said, reiterating that he would miss him.
"Not because he's fast, not because of what he could do for me, but because of the person that he is and because I love him. "This one hurts because, again, it really affects some families and it affected some lives.
That hurts me, hurts my heart. Because I know there's pain. I know there's shame. I know that there's anger, probably. All those feelings that no one wants to feel or have towards them, I know that it's all there.
That's hard." Ruggs, who won national championship at Alabama, received prayers from Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "Our thoughts and prayers certainly go out to all involved in this tragic situation, especially the victims.
Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with them," Saban said. "But our thoughts and prayers are also with Henry, his family, and I think this is something that a lot of folks can learn from."