Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr received a text message from Henry Ruggs III hours before the now-released wide receiver was involved in a fatal car accident. According to reports, Ruggs was playing golf at Top Golf late on Monday night (Nov. 1) and texted his former teammates, Carr and Hunter Renfrow, a video of his golf swing.
As reported by REVOLT, Ruggs has since been charged with two felonies in wake of the crash, which left one woman and her dog dead. The 22-year-old reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .161 and was driving 156 mph prior to the deadly accident.
In an emotional press conference on Wednesday (Nov. 3), Carr said his “heart first goes to the families that are involved” and offered his support for Ruggs.
“I will always be here for him. That won’t change. I will prove that over the course of time to him, not to anybody else,” Carr said. “… He needs people to love him right now. He’s probably feeling a certain type of way about himself right now and he needs to be loved. If nobody else will do it, I will do it.”
In the days since the tragedy, Carr said he’s questioned whether he could have “done anything to help,” such as letting Ruggs know he “could be there for him at 3 a.m.”
“No one ever wants to see this, whether it’s a football player or not. You never want to see something like this happen,” he continued. “… I have a thousand questions I wish I could ask, but I don’t get those opportunities. I don’t understand everything and why certain things happen. I forever have relied on the foundation of who I am is my faith, and I’m going to stand on that when it’s hard and I’m going to stand on that when it’s easy.”
Carr and his Raiders teammates practiced on Wednesday while Ruggs appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court. His bail was set at $150,000 and he faces a felony DUI resulting in death charge, which carries a sentence of two to 20 years in prison; and felony reckless driving, which carries a sentence of one to six years.