Las Vegas Raiders cut Damon Arnette over death-threat video
The Las Vegas Raiders' Damon Arnette was released by the NFL franchise on Monday after a video emerged of the cornerback making death threats while holding a gun.
Cornerback Damon Arnette has been released by the Las Vegas Raiders after a video emerged of the 25-year-old making death threats while holding a gun.
Arnette had been on injured reserve since October 9 before the Raiders cut ties with the 2020 first-round NFL draft pick on Monday.
He made 13 appearances for the Raiders, tallying three total passes defended and 29 tackles, 23 solo.
It comes after the Raiders last week released Henry Ruggs III – who will be charged with driving under the influence resulting in the death of another person – following his involvement in a fatal car crash.
Arnette conduct "unacceptable", says Raiders GM Mayock
"Today we waived Damon Arnette," said Raiders general manager Mike Mayock. "Very painful decision. We spent significant time, effort and resources trying to help him in all aspects of his life.
"There have been a series of bad decisions over the last year or so, but we can't stand, we cannot stand for the video of Damon with a gun, threatening to take a life.
"The content was unacceptable, contrary to our values and our owner Mark Davis has been very clear and very consistent that this is not how we will conduct ourselves in this community.
"The bottom line – the Raiders will not tolerate this type of behaviour.
"On a personal note, I've talked to Damon, his dad, a couple of others in his life. From my perspective he's a very talented young man with a good heart. [If] he cleans up his life, I know he can make a living in the NFL. But not now with the Raiders."
Mayock added: "At the time, we thought it was an acceptable risk [to draft Arnette] ... after doing more homework on Arnette than anybody we've done in the years I've been here. And obviously, we missed, and that is 100 per cent on me."
Raiders sign wide receiver Jackson
The Raiders, meanwhile, announced the signing of free agent and three-time Pro Bowler DeSean Jackson.
Veteran wide receiver Jackson had been waived by the Los Angeles Rams.
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