The situation surrounding former Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Damon Arnette continues to escalate, as he has now been indicted on assault with a deadly weapon and firearm-related charges.
Arnette, who was selected as the 19th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, finds himself in serious legal trouble once again.
According to reports from 8newsnow’s David Charns, a grand jury handed down the indictment last week, with the charges stemming from an incident that occurred on January 28, 2022.
The details of the incident suggest that Arnette became increasingly frustrated when he couldn’t locate his valet ticket after parking at a hotel. When the staff asked for alternative identification to prove ownership of the vehicle, Arnette allegedly produced a gun and forcibly took the keys from the attendant, causing a significant amount of fear and panic among the hotel staff.
This is not the first time Arnette has found himself entangled in off-field issues. The Raiders cut ties with him during the 2021 season after a video surfaced showing him holding a gun and making death threats.
Dawg wtf is going on in Las Vegas? Look at Raiders CB Damon Arnette flexing a gun saying he gon kill somebody smh pic.twitter.com/PiJKT5Cyq7
— Robert 💔💔 (@RobertRaymond46) November 6, 2021
Following his departure from the Raiders, Arnette briefly joined the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad before being signed to a future contract by the Kansas City Chiefs. However, the Chiefs swiftly cut ties with him just a week after signing him, likely due to the Las Vegas incident coming to light.
It’s worth noting that Arnette’s off-field troubles were not isolated incidents within the Raiders organization. Henry Ruggs, another first-round pick by the Raiders in 2020, was also released during the 2021 season due to off-field issues. Ruggs recently pleaded guilty to DUI resulting in death and is now facing a prison sentence of 3 to 10 years.
Arnette’s troubles highlight the ongoing concerns surrounding player behavior and the league’s efforts to address off-field issues. The NFL has been facing increased scrutiny in recent years regarding the conduct of its players, and cases like Arnette’s serve as a reminder that more work needs to be done to ensure the integrity and reputation of the league.