Raiders delete 'speed kills' tweet after Henry Ruggs III car crash

Joshua Rogers November 3, 2021
Raiders delete 'speed kills' tweet after Henry Ruggs III car crash
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Following news surrounding Henry Ruggs III and his reported involvement in a fatal car crash, the Las Vegas Raiders deleted several ‘speed kills’ tweets and released the player. What happened?

Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was arrested after his involvement in a fatal car crash in Las Vegas on Tuesday, 2 November. An unnamed woman and her dog were killed in the incident in a residential area of Las Vegas.

As reported by ESPN, court records show Ruggs faces felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and reckless driving. He was released from a hospital and taken to jail ahead of an initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday, 3 November.

Henry Ruggs III released by Raiders

The Raiders have already announced they have released Ruggs III following the incident.

22-year-old Ruggs has so far made no public comment on the incident.

Raiders delete ‘speed kills’ tweet

After news of the incident broke, the Las Vegas Raiders also deleted several ‘speed kills’ tweets.

The term, which in this case is highly unfortunate, relates to the fundamentally important nature of speed in football.

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Hunter S Thompson attributed the quote to former owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders, Al Davis.

The quote is: “Speed kills. You can’t teach speed. Everything else in the game can be taught, but speed is a gift from God.”

The phrase is also closely linked to former Raiders WR Cliff Branch.

The term had also been used in reference to Henry Ruggs III, who had adopted the mantra.

Given the nature of the latest incident, the Raiders have deleted many ‘speed kills’ tweets in relation to Ruggs such as the one below.

Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the woman who died in the crash.

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Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.