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HENDERSON, Nev. – Las Vegas Raiders rookie cornerback Nate Hobbs was arrested on a misdemeanor charge for DUI early Monday morning, hours after the team returned from a last-second victory over the Indianapolis Colts that kept its playoff hopes alive.
The arrest of Hobbs, 22, comes two months and a day after recipient Henry Ruggs III was involved in a violent high-speed car accident that cost the life of a 23-year-old woman and her dog, and where Ruggs faces up to 50 years. imprisonment for DUI and reckless driving. It also comes a day within a year from when running back Josh Jacobs was arrested on a DUI charge after a collision with a single vehicle near the Las Vegas airport.
According to a press release from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the LVMPD Dispatch received at approximately 1 p.m. 3500 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard. Arriving officers contacted the driver, identified as 22-year-old Nathan Hobbs. He got the FST (field sobriety test) by patrol and failed. He was transported to the Clark County Detention Center, where he was booked for DUI (offense). “
The Raiders issued a statement saying they were “aware” of the incident.
“The organization has been in communication with local law enforcement and is in the process of gathering more information,” the statement read. “We do not want further comment at this time.”
Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia, meanwhile, was asked at his weekly media conference whether alcohol and decision-making had been a focal point for the team given recent history.
“I’m happy to say they’ve been slapped in the face with distractions and that sort of thing,” said one frustrated Bisaccia. “We’re very aware of the city we live in, so I’ll leave it at that and we’ll see what it looks like at the end of the week.”
Hobbs, a fifth-round pick from Illinois, has been a revelation to the Raiders as a nickel cornerback and is a candidate for many all-rookie teams with an interception, two defensive passes, a forced fumble and a sack among his 67. tackles, which is number four on the team, in 15 games.
The Raiders (9-7) had their first winning season since 2016 with the 23-20 victory over the Colts and host the Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) Sunday night at the Allegiant Stadium. They could win their second playoff spot since 2002 with a win over the Chargers, but could also return with a loss if the Colts lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers lose either to the Cleveland Browns on Monday night or to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Oddly enough, both the Raiders and Chargers could come in with a draw, provided the Colts lose in Jacksonville.
Bisaccia were also asked how the Raiders might not let the Hobbs situation be a distraction given how the team has already handled coach Jon Gruden’s sudden resignation at the start of the season in the wake of his email scandal in which the Ruggs wreck and cornerback Damon Arnette was cut after video of him making death threats while swinging with firearms went viral.
“As far as distractions are concerned, we’ve kind of learned how to deal with distractions here,” Bisaccia said. “We are certainly disappointed with the news. I do not have all the facts yet. I will be able to comment, I will believe when the end of the week comes, when I get more information about what is actually going to happen. happen. happen with it. “