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Henry Ruggs III was the 12th overall NFL draft pick in 2020.
The Las Vegas Raiders selected him, and he started developing into a solid role player for them on offense.
However, during the 2021 season, Ruggs was involved in a car crash and was charged with reckless driving, and driving under the influence.
Unfortunately, Ruggs’ actions resulted in a death, as he was driving over 150 miles per hour.
After this incident, there haven’t been many updates to the situation, leaving many fans waiting to hear a decision on his fate.
Recent reporting from ESPN has suggested that this situation has gotten more complicated, as the Las Vegas courts need to find a judge with authority to determine “if there is enough evidence to warrant that Ruggs stand trial on charges of reckless driving and driving under the influence causing death.”
The prosecution of former #Raiders WR Henry Ruggs is delayed by the need to find a judge with the proper authority to determine whether enough evidence exists to put Ruggs on trial.https://t.co/JSPxdZ3mpA pic.twitter.com/EXGWFdVrtB
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 7, 2023
There is a hearing for Ruggs that is scheduled for May fourth.
At this time, it has been undetermined if that hearing will be postponed due to these recent developments.
However, as an NFL fan and lawyer points out, “this is a minor delay.”
— Matt Tympanick (@TympanickLaw) March 7, 2023
When this accident initially happened, Ruggs was immediately released by the Raiders.
While it is unlikely that Ruggs will ever play in the NFL again, many NFL fans have kept their eyes and ears peeled regarding this situation.
This is a developing story, one that is likely to have numerous updates in the coming months.
Ruggs was a top-15 draft pick, and, when he was on the field, was a great athlete.
This incident likely ended his chances of ever playing in the league again, and he could be sentenced to up to 50 years in prison, pending a judge’s decision.
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