Alabama football coach Nick Saban is opening up about the tragic accident involving former Crimson Tide star Henry Ruggs III.
Ruggs, who was a first-round pick of the Las Vegas Raiders before being released after getting charged with DUI causing death, was a member of Saban’s team from 2017 to 2019. Ruggs was reportedly driving 156 MPH prior to the crash which killed a 23-year-old woman and her dog. Ruggs’ BAC was more than double the legal limit.
This week, Saban was asked about his former player’s situation and shared a heartfelt response. Saban said he feels awful for everyone involved and hopes that some will be able to learn from the situation and understand the importance of making sound decisions.
“I think this is something that a lot of folks can learn from — I think a lot of players on our team,” said Saban. “When we say challenge people to make good choices and decisions — do the right thing. Because sometimes the consequences can be devastating. And these consequences are going to probably be pretty devastating to Henry.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaks on former Tide player Henry Ruggs III. Ruggs was involved in a deadly DUI crash. A 23-year old woman died in the car accident. @WRBLSports
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“We love him. We’re going to support him through it. But we also have a lot of compassion for the victims and our thoughts and prayers are also with them.
“Our thoughts and prayers certainly go out to all involved in this tragic situation, especially the victims. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with them. But our thoughts and prayers are also with Henry, his family.”
During his time at Alabama, Ruggs recorded 1,716 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns.