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 with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.