Raiders news: cornerback Damon Arnette is released
For the second time in six days, the Las Vegas Raiders have posted a 2020 first-round pick.
According to NFL Media, the Raiders are parting ways with cornerback Damon Arnette. The Ohio State product was the 19th pick in the draft. It will be available for waivers on Tuesday if the outing becomes official on Monday.
Source: The #Raiders release former first-round draft pick CB Damon Arnette.
– Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 8, 2021
Last Tuesday, the Raiders released wide receiver Henry Ruggs III hours after being charged with drunk driving, resulting in death in an accident early that morning in Las Vegas. Ruggs, the No.12 pick in this draft, could face up to 40 years in prison,
A league source says the #NFL is watching the video of Arnette allegedly holding a gun and making death threats – as well as unrelated civil lawsuits – to determine if any personal conduct violations have taken place. He could be subject to a fine or suspension if he signs elsewhere. https://t.co/wdH1ZZSdna
– Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) November 8, 2021
Arnette’s release was also motivated by problems off the field. Over the weekend, a social media post emerged showing Arnette brandishing a gun and threatening to kill a stranger. He also faces two lawsuits following incidents in Las Vegas.
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock told reporters on Monday morning that it was a “painful decision” to remove Arnette, but the team will not tolerate a player threatening someone’s life.
#Raiders Opening statement from CEO Mike Mayock:
“Today we gave up on Damon Anette. Very painful decision… we cannot stand the video of Damon with a gun threatening to take a life… In the end, the Raiders will not tolerate this behavior.” – Mayock #RaiderNation
– Cassie Soto (@_CassieSoto) November 8, 2021
Raiders’ interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said on Friday the team were aware of a lawsuit against Arnette following a car crash last year near the facilities of the team in Henderson, Nevada.
There were ominous signs everywhere off the pitch for #Raiders the first round Damon Arnette. For example: During her first year in the NFL, Arnette crashed four rental cars in about a month, sources say. Now, after a tumultuous weekend including online threats, he’s out.
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 8, 2021
Arnette, 25, was in the casualty reserve at the time of her release. He struggled on the field during his short stint with the Raiders and couldn’t keep a starting job. Arnette leaves Las Vegas playing just 13 games with seven starts and no interceptions as a Raider.