Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he spoke to his team about the arrest of former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, telling them to “guard your heart, guard your family, guard your career, guard the people that are out there with you.”
The Raiders released Ruggs, their 2020 first-round draft pick, on Tuesday night after details emerged of his arrest and felony charge for DUI resulting in a death. Given the attention around Ruggs’ car crash, which killed a 23-year-old woman, Harbaugh saw an opportunity to talk with players and coaches about living mindfully.
“It’s just a sad, sad thing for everybody,” he said. “Mostly for the victim and the family of the victim. Those are the kinds of things you talk to the guys about. We talked to them about it today; we had a video. It’s all of us; it’s players, coaches, you guys in the media.”
Ruggs, 22, faces felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and reckless driving, court records show. Ruggs was released from a hospital and taken to jail ahead of an initial court appearance scheduled on Wednesday.
Probation is not an option in Nevada for a conviction on a charge of DUI causing death, which carries a possible sentence of two to 20 years in state prison. The possible sentence for reckless driving is one to six years in prison, with probation available.
Prosecutor Eric Bauman said that Ruggs was traveling 156 mph two seconds before the crash, and his blood-alcohol concentration was more than twice the legal limit.
After an unimpressive rookie season, Ruggs was emerging as a star this season with 24 catches for a team-high 469 yards and two touchdowns. As a rookie in 2020, he had 26 catches for 452 yards and two touchdowns.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.