Disgraced NFL star Henry Ruggs III was filmed giggling while speeding through suburban Las Vegas streets a year before his deadly crash — with his girlfriend nervously begging him to “slow down.”
In the video, taken by Ruggs’ girlfriend, Kiara Kilgo-Washington, the booted Raiders wide receiver can be seen revving his engine as he zooms down a street.
The eight-minute clip, reviewed by the Las Vegas Review-Journal before it was deleted Friday morning, also features the caption, “‘SLOW DOWNNN” with smiley face emojis.
After already squealing and telling Ruggs to “just don’t do it no more,” Kilgo-Washington asks what the athlete plans to do next, the video shows.
“Launch,” Ruggs tells her, as the car revs in the background. “What rockets do? Take off.”
The clip was posted to Kilgo-Washington’s YouTube channel in September last year.
Ruggs appeared to be driving the same Chevrolet Corvette Stingray that he crashed Tuesday morning — after authorities said he sped up to 156 mph before slamming into another driver, Tina Tintor, 23, killing her and her dog.
Ruggs’ blood alcohol content was twice the state’s legal limit of .08, prosecutors said.
After the crash, Ruggs was filmed being cradled by Washington on the ground next to his crashed Stingray — with Tintor’s Toyota RAV4 in flames nearby.
The video from September 2020 was titled “Wild Out Wednesdays” and showed Ruggs teasing his longtime girlfriend, who goes by Rudy Washington, because she looked “scared” as he raced through the streets.
She repeatedly asked him to “slow down!” and dropped her phone when the car rocketed forward, begging the athlete to “take me back to the house.”
“Don’t try stuff with me in here,” she told him, again telling him, “Take me back to the house.”
In this week’s smash, Washington suffered a “significant” wrist injury while the NFL star also had leg injuries, the Review-Journal said.
Ruggs was still in a neck brace as he was pushed in a wheelchair to his first court appearance Wednesday on pending felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and reckless driving. He wasn’t asked to enter a plea.
His defense attorney, David Chesnoff, told the court that the player was “a young man who has never been in trouble before. From what we understand, never a traffic violation.”
However, the local paper noted that the Nevada Highway Patrol issued Ruggs two traffic citations on April 29, for using a cellphone while driving and also for driving with an Alabama-issued license for more than a year.
He paid a $428 fine, according to the records. He still had an Alabama driver’s license during Tuesday’s crash, the paper said, citing police reports.
He was cut by the Raiders late Tuesday, hours after the smash-up.
Tintor had been walking her dog and was driving home, which is just a few miles from Ruggs’ $1.1 million mansion, when she died.
“Tina’s tragic loss has devastated her family beyond a grief they could ever comprehend,” the family said in a statement.
NFL ’dogs continued to bark in Week 8, going 11-4 ATS to improve to 69-53 ATS (56.6 percent) on the season. Home-field advantage isn’t what it used to be as road ’dogs have gone an impressive 44-28 ATS (61.1 percent). Conference ’dogs +7 or less are 42-22 ATS (65.6 percent) while prime-time ’dogs are a sparkling 17-7 ATS (70.8 percent). Unders are 68-53 (56.2 percent), while non-conference Unders are 23-13 (63.9 percent).
Now we move on to Week 9. Here are a handful of games that have taken in notable sharp action.
Patriots at Panthers: These non-conference opponents have identical won-lost records (4-4 both SU and ATS) and are coming off big road victories. The Patriots have won two straight and just took down the Chargers 27-24, winning outright as 3.5-point road ’dogs. Meanwhile, the Panthers just upset the Falcons 19-13, winning outright as 2.5-point road ’dogs to snap a four-game losing streak. This line opened with New England as a short 2.5-point road favorite. Respected money has pounced on the Patriots, steaming New England up from -2.5 to -4. Non-conference road favorites are 11-6 ATS (64.7 percent) this season. One big injury to monitor here is Panthers QB Sam Darnold. He left last week’s game with a concussion and is questionable for this game. If he can’t go, backup P.J. Walker will get the start. We could also be looking at a lower-scoring game. Respected Under money has dropped the total from 43 to 41. When the total is 45 or less, the Under is 23-13 (63.9 percent) this season.
Titans at Rams: The Sunday night game features non-conference teams riding four-game winning streaks. The Titans (6-2 SU, 6-2 ATS) just upset the Colts 34-31, winning outright as 3-point road ’dogs. Meanwhile, the Rams just dismissed the Texans, 38-22, although Los Angeles failed to cover as a 16.5-point road favorite. The look-ahead line on this game was roughly Rams -4.5 at home. But with Titans star running back Derrick Henry likely out for the year with a foot injury, we saw this line reopen at Rams -6.5 and quickly get steamed up to -7.5. Some shops look to be inching up to -8. Non-conference favorites are 21-16 ATS (56.8 percent) this season. Los Angeles also has correlative betting value as a favorite with a high total (54). The more expected points scored, the easier it is for the favorite to cover. Newly acquired pass rusher Von Miller could also make his Rams debut in this game. The Rams are in a prime teaser spot (-7.5 to -1.5 or -8 to -2), which goes through the key numbers of 3 and 7.
Chargers at Eagles: The Chargers (4-3 SU, 4-3 ATS) have dropped two straight and just lost to the Patriots 27-24, as 3.5-point home favorites. The Eagles (3-5 SU, 4-4 ATS) just crushed the Lions 44-6, easily covering as 3-point road favorites. This line opened with Los Angeles as a 3-point road favorite. The public is laying the short number with Justin Herbert, yet we’ve seen the Chargers fall from -3 to as low as -1. This signals an overload of respected money grabbing the points with the Eagles at home. Short ’dogs +6 or less with a line move in their favor are 58-37 ATS (61.1 percent) over the last two seasons. Jerome Boger, the lead referee, has historically favored home teams (55.2 percent ATS).
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