Tua Tagovailoa gets emotional discussing Henry Ruggs III's DUI arrest, prays for victims
On Wednesday, Tua Tagovailoa offered his condolences to the family of a 23-year-old woman killed in a car crash this week, one that involved his former teammate and former Las Vegas Raiders wideout Henry Ruggs III.
In speaking with the media, the second-year quarterback for the Miami Dolphins delivered an emotional message in which he sent out prayers to the family of the victim. He said he and Ruggs were still close and that “you’d never think he could hurt a soul.” Ruggs and Tagovailoa were teammates at Alabama from 2017 to 2019.
Tua Tagovailoa getting choked up talking about the Henry Ruggs DUI that killed a woman. He sends prayers out to family of victim impacted. He came in to Alabama with Ruggs and were in same draft — they’re still close — and he “you’d never think he could hurt a soul.” Emotional. pic.twitter.com/u0aUkm1DtO
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) November 3, 2021
Making his initial appearance in court on Wednesday, it was revealed that Ruggs was driving at 156 miles per hour just seconds before his car struck the rear of a vehicle and that his blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit in Nevada. The vehicle Ruggs hit caught fire with the driver still inside. Ruggs faces felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and reckless driving that could get him up to 26 years in state prison if he is convicted.
The Raiders released him late Tuesday night, shortly after he was booked into a Las Vegas jail.
According to ESPN, Ruggs was not asked to enter a plea to the charges, pending the formal filing of charges by Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson. The name of the Las Vegas woman who died in the crash was not immediately made public.