Damon Arnette is a former cornerback of the Las Vegas Raiders. He has been charged in Las Vegas with assaulting casino valets and concealing a firearm. ESPN reports that Arnette was accused of a. 45-caliber handgun while arguing with valets. He was initially arrested for multiple charges, including assault with deadly weapon, concealing a weapon without a license, and drug possession. The prosecution dropped the charges because of a lack of evidence. According to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, a grand jury may still hear the case if there is new evidence.
Arnette was selected by the Raiders as a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He played in 13 games (seven starts) for the team over two seasons, accumulating 29 tackles with three passes deflections.
In November 2021, the Raiders released him after a video of him threatening death with a gun. However, he was not charged by the authorities.
At the time, then-general manager Mike Mayock said to reporters that the decision to release Arnette had been “very painful.” He also noted that the team spent “significant time, effort and resource trying to help Arnette in all aspects of life.”
Arnette was sued in November 2021 by a woman who claimed he damaged her SUV while driving 65 mph and more. Before leaving the scene of the accident, she also claimed that he had injured her. Arnette has been sued for this incident that occurred in October 2020.
Arnette was charged with misdemeanor counts of failure to stop at the scene of a collision and improper lane change and pleaded guilty, paying a fine.
He was also sued by a valet in June 2021, who accused Arnette of spitting at him, poking him in the chest, and lambasting him with obscenities.
Arnette later signed a futures contract with the Kansas City Chiefs in January 2022
Arnette’s Career Over?
The Chiefs released Arnette after his arrest in Las Vegas. Arnette’s history of off-field problems makes it unclear whether other NFL teams would be willing to give him a shot. Arnette must now address his personal Former Raiders CB Damon Arnette Indicted on Felony Gun Charges and rebuild his reputation in order to be able to return to football.
Arnette’s legal troubles have worsened significantly since then and, if found guilty, could face significant jail time and punishment under the NFL conduct policy which could result in suspension or banishment from the league altogether. While his future in football remains uncertain at present, Arnette’s off-field issues have had a tremendous effect on his opportunities to get back on the field and could end his once-promising football career altogether.