Raiders Rumors: Damon Arnette Released After Video of CB Threatening to Kill Someone

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVNovember 8, 2021

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Cornerback Damon Arnette #20 of the Las Vegas Raiders warms up before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Allegiant Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Dolphins 31-28 in overtime.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The Las Vegas Raiders have released Damon Arnette after the cornerback threatened to kill someone (warning: strong language) in an Instagram story and wielded several guns in the video. 

Vic Tafur @VicTafur

Mayock said it was a very painful decision: Arnette made a series of bad decisions but the video threatening to take a life was something the Raiders could not tolerate.

Arnette, 25, was the team's first-round pick in 2020. The Raiders' 2020 draft class has not gone to plan, at least the picks from the early rounds:

Benjamin Allbright @AllbrightNFL

Raiders had 5 picks on Day 1 and 2 of the 2020 draft.<br><br>Henry Ruggs - Released<br>Damon Arnette - Released<br>Lynn Bowden - Traded<br>Bryan Edwards - <br>Tanner Muse - Released, Sea PS

The past year has been full of turmoil for the Raiders.

In July, former team president Marc Badain, former CFO Ed Villanueva and former controller Araxie Grant all resigned. Team owner Mark Davis confirmed in October that those departures were based on "accounting irregularities" after the organization overpaid on taxes it likely won't be able to recoup, with Davis hinting the resignations were forced.

Additionally, former head coach Jon Gruden resigned in October after racist, anti-gay and misogynistic emails were uncovered during the NFL's investigation into the Washington Football Team's workplace culture and released publicly by several outlets. Gruden had sent the emails to former WFT president Bruce Allen.

And last week, second-year wideout Henry Ruggs III was arrested and charged with multiple felonies after being involved in a crash that killed a woman and her dog. Prosecutors said Ruggs was driving 156 mph prior to the crash and his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

On the field, the Raiders have responded well to the tough circumstances surrounding the team, going 5-3. 

Arnette, 25, has appeared in just 13 games (seven starts) in his two years with the team, posting 29 tackles, three passes defensed and zero interceptions. 

Off the field, he reportedly is facing two lawsuits, one for allegedly causing injury in a 2020 car accident and fleeing the scene and the other for allegedly spitting on a valet employee and poking him in the chest.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

There were troubling off-the-field signs everywhere for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Raiders?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Raiders</a> first-rounder Damon Arnette. For instance: In his first year in the NFL, Arnette crashed four rental cars within roughly a month, sources said. Now, after a tumultuous weekend including online threats, he’s out.

He's been on injured reserve since Week 4 with a groin injury.