The Raiders Have Released Both Their 2020 First Round Picks
Raiders’ General Manager Mike Mayock when announcing Arnette’s release, admitted the team had concerns about Arnette prior to selecting him in the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Raiders who looked the other way when it came to Damon Arnette’s off-the-field behavior have now been forced to release the 1st round pick. The Raiders were aware of behavior problems with the Ohio State product but still made him a 1st Round Pick in the 2020 Draft. Damon Arnette was shown the door by the Raiders following a series of Bad Boy behavior. Arnette is facing pending lawsuits resulting from reportedly crashing four rental cars in the span of a month as a rookie. One crash involved hit and run charges. The second-year cornerback finally went to far with a Social Media Video of Arnette brandishing firearms and threatening to kill someone. This forced the Raider's hand and the organization had no choice but to release Damon Arnette. Arnette's release follows in the footsteps of the release of the other Raider 2020 1st Round Pick Henry Ruggs III. Ruggs, a wide receiver, was waived following his involvement in a 150 mile an hour car crash that left Las Vegas resident 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her dog dead. Ruggs also had a unregistered firearm on the floorboard of his car. Ruggs is facing 46 years in prison..
The Raiders appeared to have had a penchant for signing Bad Boys under Gruden. One example being the 2019 signing of Richie Incognito. Igcognito, however, appears to have cleaned up his act as a Raider.