Jul 19, 2022; Atlanta, GA, USA; Mississippi State player Nathaniel Watson speaks with the media during SEC Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Miss. St. LB Nathaniel Watson arrested on suspicion of DUI

Veteran Mississippi State linebacker Nathaniel Watson was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Sunday.

“We are aware of the matter and are continuing to gather information,” first-year coach Zach Arnett said in a statement issued Monday. “We do not have further comment at this time.”

He was arrested by campus police.

Watson has played for the Bulldogs since 2018, when he enrolled as a three-star prospect from Maplesville, Ala. Taking advantage of the extra season granted by the NCAA because of the pandemic, he is entering his sixth season at Mississippi State.

In 2022, he recorded 113 tackles, second in the Southeastern Conference behind teammate Jett Johnson. He had a team-leading 12 tackles for loss to go with six sacks.

He made at least 10 tackles in seven games last season, including 17 against Kentucky on Oct. 15.

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NFL Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III

Henry Ruggs III pleads guilty in fatal DUI, faces 3-10 years in prison

Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III pleaded guilty Wednesday to two charges stemming from a fiery DUI-related death of a Las Vegas woman and her dog in 2021.

Ruggs, 24, will avoid a trial and is expected to be sentenced to three to 10 years in prison under the terms of his plea arrangement with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty in Clark County District Court to one count DUI resulting in death and one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

The minimum three-year sentence cannot be reduced using the year-and-a-half that Ruggs has spent on house arrest.

Ruggs faced up to 50 years in prison — minimum of two — had he been convicted at trial.

Ruggs stood accused of causing the death of Tina Tintor and her dog after colliding with her vehicle and propelling it 571 feet, setting it on fire. Tintor and her dog burned to death. A blood draw two hours after the early morning crash on Nov. 2, 2021, revealed Ruggs had a blood-alcohol level of .0.161 — more than twice the legal limit in Nevada.

Police said Ruggs was driving his 2020 Chevrolet Corvette up to 156 mph on a residential street seconds before colliding with Tintor’s Toyota Rav 4. The speed limit in the area was 45 mph.

District Attorney Steven B. Wolfson said in a statement that the charge of driving under the influence resulting in death was “the most serious charge the law allows” when someone dies as the result of a drunken driver’s actions. That charge, the statement said, was depending on the result of a blood draw, which occurred at the hospital.

Ruggs was not administered a field sobriety test after the crash, and his defense attorneys argued that his blood-alcohol test was improperly obtained at the hospital.

“There was virtually no other evidence to prove Ruggs was under the influence,” Wolfson said of the blood test.

“I recognize this outcome is not sufficient to punish Ruggs for the loss the Tintor family has suffered,” the district attorney said. “But there was a legitimate concern that a court would have suppressed the result of the blood draw. We would have lost the felony DUI charge. We couldn’t take that chance. this resolution sends Ruggs to prison for up to 10 years on a felony DUI conviction and brings closure to the Tintor family.”

Tintor’s family members were in the courtroom Wednesday.

“Today, like every day, we remember Tina and Max, and how they were taken from us that fateful night,” the Tintor family said in a statement issued by their attorneys at Naqvi Injury Law. “No sentence will ever bring Tina and Max back, but we hope that everyone learns from this preventable incident so that no other families suffer like we do. We appreciate the efforts of the district attorney’s office to overcome the issues caused by the initial investigation, and we look forward to putting this behind us so that we can focus on honoring the memories of Tina and Max.”

Ruggs and his attorneys declined immediate comment and later released a statement.

“Henry entered his plea today in hopes that it will further the process of healing the wounds caused by the accident,” his attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, said in written comments.

They said they would make an additional statement after sentencing.

Other charges against Ruggs were dismissed under the plea agreement, including felony reckless driving, driving under the influence causing substantial injury to a passenger in his car — his girlfriend Je’nai Kilgo-Washington — and a misdemeanor gun charge stemming from the discovery by police of a loaded handgun in his car. Ruggs agreed to forfeit the gun.

The Raiders released Ruggs one day after the crash. He had 50 catches for 921 yards and four touchdowns in 20 games (19 starts) after being selected No. 12 overall in the 2020 draft out of Alabama.

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Feb 4, 2023; Paradise, NV, USA; The NFL shield logo at midfield of the Pro Bowl Games flag football field at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-NFL cornerback Vontae Davis arrested on DUI suspicion

Vontae Davis, who played in the NFL for three teams from 2009 to 2018, was arrested in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence after his car allegedly rear-ended a pickup truck.

Davis’ arrest came early Saturday on the Florida Turnpike in Hollywood, Fla., with the news becoming public Sunday.

Davis, 34, reportedly smelled of alcohol, displaying slurred speech and bloodshot eyes while speaking with the police, the Florida Highway Patrol’s incident report said.

Davis allegedly hit the end of a parked pickup truck on the side of a highway with a flat tire. The truck hit the driver, who was waiting for assistance outside, and he needed to be hospitalized with multiple injuries.

Davis declined a sobriety test.

A cornerback for the Miami Dolphins (2009-11), Indianapolis Colts (2012-17) and Buffalo Bills (2018), Davis was a two-time Pro Bowler but is best remembered for retiring at halftime of the Bills’ Week 2 game in 2018, leaving the stadium after playing in the first half.

Davis recorded 22 interceptions in 121 career games. His brother is former Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis.

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Oct 24, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) talks with Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans OC Todd Downing charged with DUI, speeding after win

Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was arrested for driving under the influence and speeding at 4 a.m. on Friday, hours after Tennessee defeated the Green Bay Packers.

The Titans returned to Nashville after midnight following the win in Wisconsin.

Williamson County Sheriff’s records show Downing’s bond was set at $2,500 for charges of DUI and speeding implemented by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He was processed at 4:39 a.m. and released at 6:46 a.m., according to the county’s jail records.

The 42-year-old Downing called plays in the Titans’ most productive performance of the season at Lambeau Field with 408 total yards in a 27-17 win that included a touchdown pass from running back Derrick Henry.

The Titans opened the season 0-2, with a 21-20 loss to the New York Giants at home and then a lopsided 41-7 defeat at Buffalo.

Fans called for Downing to be replaced but head coach Mike Vrabel said the Titans would stay the course.

“We’re just not gonna do that,” Vrabel said in September. “That’s not something that’s going to happen right now. I’ve had confidence in our staff and confidence in the guys that we put out there … I appreciate everybody’s opinion.”

Since the rocky start, the AFC South-leading Titans (7-3) have won seven of their last eight games.

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Sep 10, 2022; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Christopher Smith (29) and defensive back Javon Bullard (22) react after a play against the Samford Bulldogs during the first half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia DB Javon Bullard facing DUI charge

Georgia defensive back Javon Bullard was arrested early Sunday and charged with driving under the influence and six other misdemeanors.

Bullard was booked at 4:57 a.m. ET and released on bonds totaling $4,250 at 8:30 a.m, according to campus police.

He was charged with DUI under the age of 21; failure to maintain lane/improper driving; improper turning; failure to use headlights; failure to carry or produce a license; holding a wireless device; and furnishing, purchasing and possession of alcoholic beverages as a person under 21.

The sophomore has started all four games for the top-ranked Bulldogs this season, recording seven tackles and one pass breakup. Bullard had three tackles in Saturday’s 39-22 home win Saturday against Kent State.

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Jun 1, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Travis Jonsen (16) runs with the ball during organized team activities at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Travis Jonsen faces misdemeanor DUI charge

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Travis Jonsen was arrested on a misdemeanor driving under the influence charge on Monday.

In a news release, Tampa police said officers spotted Jonsen driving his car in a manner “indicative of impairment.” He was stopped and arrested at 3:18 a.m.

Jonsen, 25, refused to take a breath test, according to the release. He posted a $500 bond and was released from jail.

Jonsen has been a practice squad player with the Bucs over parts of the past two seasons. He was signed as an undrafted free agent from Montana State.

“We expect members of our organization to uphold the high standards that have been established,” Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times. “We are aware of the situation regarding Travis Jonsen earlier this morning and will refrain from further comment at this time while the legal process continues.”

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Dec 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams (31) is tackled by Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs (39) during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Raiders’ Nate Hobbs caught driving 110 mph shortly after DUI

Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs was cited for speeding at 110 mph about two weeks after he was arrested on suspicion of DUI, multiple reports said Friday.

KLAS in Las Vegas reported that state highway patrol troopers cited Hobbs on Sunday, around 11:45 a.m., for driving 110 in a 65 mph zone on a local highway. He was not arrested, but KLAS reported that Hobbs’ car was towed.

Previously, Hobbs was arrested early in the morning Jan. 3 on a DUI charge when he was found asleep in his car in a parking garage.

Hobbs was booked on misdemeanor DUI and has a court date set for May.

A fifth-round pick by Las Vegas in the 2021 NFL Draft, Hobbs just completed his rookie season. Following his Jan. 3 arrest, he played in the Raiders’ regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers and their playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, though he was not a starter for either game. He had eight tackles and a pass breakup against the Bengals.

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Nov 21, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) jogs to the locker room following a 23-13 loss against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks backup QB Geno Smith arrested on suspicion of DUI

Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Monday.

Smith, 31, was reportedly arrested at 2:10 a.m. by Washington State Patrol and released from a King County facility at 9:27 a.m.

The Seahawks issued a statement saying they are aware of the situation.

Smith’s attorney, Jon Fox, also issued a statement.

“Geno is fully cooperative with the investigation. I hope that an open mind can be kept by all as the facts are ascertained,” Fox said.

Smith started three games for Seattle this season while Russell Wilson was sidelined with a broken finger. Overall, he saw action in four games and passed for 702 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.

Smith, who just finished his third season with Seattle, was signed to a one-year deal for 2021 and will become a free agent.

Smith went 1-2 as a starter this season and is 13-21 over his NFL career. He was a second-round draft choice by the Jets in 2013 and made 29 starts over his first two seasons.

Overall, Smith has passed for 6,917 yards, 34 touchdowns and 37 interceptions in 45 games with the Jets (2013-16), New York Giants (2017), Los Angeles Chargers (2018), and Seahawks (2019-21).

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Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines (21) pushes off of Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs (39) while rushing the ball Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, during a game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Raiders CB Nate Hobbs arrested on suspicion of DUI

Las Vegas Raiders rookie cornerback Nate Hobbs was arrested early Monday on a DUI charge after he was found asleep in his car.

Raiders head coach Rich Bisaccia said Monday that Hobbs was “involved in an incident” but didn’t comment further. The team released a statement saying it is “in the process of gathering more information.”

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Hobbs was booked into the Clark County Detention Center after he was found asleep at the wheel of his car after 4 a.m. local time on an exit ramp of a hotel parking garage in Las Vegas. Hobbs was booked on misdemeanor DUI and has a court date set for May.

Hobbs, 22, has played in 15 games (nine starts) for the Raiders this season after being taken in the fifth round of the 2021 draft. He has 67 tackles – two for loss – with an interception and a forced fumble.

He started Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts and was credited with four tackles. It was a huge win for the Raiders (9-7), who remain in play for a wild card spot. The Raiders host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night and will make the playoffs with a win.

The arrest comes two months after Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs was involved in a fatal accident after allegedly driving drunk.

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Oct 4, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris (11) runs the ball against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints’ Deonte Harris had blood-alcohol of .246

New Orleans Saints punt/kick returner Deonte Harris registered a blood-alcohol level of .246 when he was arrested last month, more than three times the legal limit, NOLA.com reported Wednesday.

He was arrested on suspicion of DUI by Maryland State Police in Baltimore County on July 16.

Harris offered his credit card to police, mistaking it for his driver’s license, per the report. He also failed three field sobriety tests.

Harris made All-Pro as a rookie in 2019 after he led the NFL with 36 punt returns and 338 yards, bringing one back for a touchdown. He has averaged 27.0 yards per kickoff return in his first two seasons with the Saints.

Harris also had 20 catches for 186 yards and a touchdown last season.

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