Raiders waive CB Damon Arnette after disturbing video
The Raiders 2020 draft class continues to take hits. Last week the Raiders were forced to release their top pick Henry Ruggs after he was charged with driving under the influence resulting in a death after his car rear-ended another vehicle and left one person dead.
Monday the Raiders were forced to waive their other first round pick of 2020 in Damon Arnette. Arnette has gotten himself in a world of trouble after a tik tok video surfaced of Arnette waiving a gun threatening to kill someone. Deadspin also reported a pair of separate civil lawsuits he’s currently facing in Las Vegas. In one, Arnette is accused of fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run accident in October of 2020, in which he allegedly struck a car with a female occupant at over 65 miles per hour. The lawsuit seeks payment for the woman’s medical bills as well as damages and legal fees. In a second civil lawsuit, Arnette is being sued by a valet worker at a Las Vegas casino, stemming from an alleged altercation where the player is accused of spitting on the employee and poking him in the chest.
"Today, we waived Damon Arnette -- a very painful decision," Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock said on a conference call on Monday. "We spent significant time, effort and resources trying to help him in all facets 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 release of Arnette caps a disastrous 2020 draft for the Raiders in which resulted in two of their first round and two of their third round picks no longer being on the team. Raiders GM Mike Mayock has completely fallen on the sword for such a bad draft.
We found the risk acceptable after doing more homework on Arnette than anybody we’ve done in the years I’ve been here,” Mayock added. “And obviously we missed. And that is 100% on me.”
With all the things the Raiders have dealt with this season it's hard to believe the Raiders won’t be more cautious when drafting players in the future. If you're a Raiders fan your only hope is the Raiders learn from this and realize that sometimes the risk isn’t worth it.