Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Derek Carr: Henry Rugs III needs to be loved right now

Henderson, Nev. (AP) — Derek Carr said Henry Rugs III just needs to be loved and to know that he has people in his corner.

“And if no one else will, I will,” the Las Vegas quarterback said Wednesday.

Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia said it’s important to heed the fact that 23-year-old Tina O. Tintor died on Tuesday morning in a horrific accident caused by Rugs, a 22-year-old receiver who was cut by the team on Tuesday. Night.

“We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of the victim,” Bisakia said in a prepared statement. “We are deeply saddened by all affected. Especially the families of the victims.”

Prosecutors said Rugs was driving at 156 mph with a blood-alcohol content twice the Nevada legal limit before his Chevrolet Corvette rammed into the back of Tintor’s vehicle, killing him Went.

“We love Henry Rugs, and want him to know,” Bisaccia said. “It’s a terrible lapse in judgment, of the most horrifying kind. It’s something she’ll have to live with for the rest of her life. The gravity of the situation is not lost on anyone here and we understand and respect the loss of life.”

Rugs and passenger Kiara Zenai Kilgo-Washington were injured.

Las Vegas didn’t wait for the courts to act and announced Rugs’ release in a sentence statement Tuesday night. After struggling through his rookie season, the former Alabama star had emerged as one of Carr’s favorite goalscorers, rushing in 24 passes for a team-high 469 yards and two touchdowns.

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“My emotions are on a roller coaster so to speak this year,” Carr said. “My heart goes out a lot. I’ll try to say it with a straight face because I’m already emotional about it. But for the family, for all the families involved, no one ever wants to see this, Whether it’s a football player or not, you never want to see anything like this. It honestly broke my wife and my heart.”

The crash comes three weeks after John Gruden resigned as coach in 2018 over an email sent before the team was hired.

After a bye week, the Raiders prepare to play the New York Giants on Sunday.

“Football is secondary to something like this, we’re talking about life, a lot of different lives in many different situations,” Carr said. “For us, from a football aspect, our mindset is that we are going to be ready to play. that’s for sure.”

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