Las Vegas Raiders cut cornerback Damon Arnette after video surfaces of him making death threats

The Las Vegas Raiders have waived second-year cornerback Damon Arnette after video surfaced this weekend of Arnette making death threats while brandishing firearms. Arnette, a first-round pick in 2020, had been on injured reserve since Oct. 9. He is also facing lawsuits stemming from a Las Vegas car accident last October.

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock in a conference call: “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 behavior.”  Mayock added that he had talked with Arnette, his father and others in his life and “from my perspective, he’s a very talented young man with a good heart. He cleans up his life, I know he can make a living in the NFL. But not now, with the Raiders.”

The Raiders last week released receiver Henry Ruggs III in the wake of his car crash that claimed the life of 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her dog and has Ruggs facing felony DUI resulting in death and reckless driving charges that carry a possible sentence of 46 years in prison.

Mayock also confirmed on Monday that the Raiders had signed DeSean Jackson.

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