Damon Arnette Released By Las Vegas Raiders After Video Surfaces of Him Holding Guns

The Las Vegas Raiders announced on Monday that they had released cornerback Damon Arnette after a video surfaced of him holding guns and threatening to harm people.

Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock announced the decision to release Arnette during a conference call, saying that it was a "very painful decision."

"Today we waived Damon Arnette...We spent significant time, effort and resources trying to help him in all facets of his life," Mayock said during the call. "There have been a series of bad decisions over the past 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," Mayock continued. "The bottom line, the Raiders will not tolerate this type of behavior."

During the conference call, Mayock also said that if Arnette "cleans up his life, I know he can make a living within the NFL, but not now with the Raiders."

According to ESPN, Mayock also discussed the "significant concern" there was surrounding Arnette prior to the 2020 draft but he said that the risk was "acceptable."

"Obviously, we missed. That is 100 percent on me," Mayock said, according to ESPN.

The decision to release Arnette comes shortly after videos surfaced across social media showing him holding several guns and saying that he will kill someone.

"On everything I love, I will kill you," Arnette said in the video as he can be seen holding one gun.

As the video continued, Arnette could be seen holding several other guns and repeatedly saying that he will kill someone.

After playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Arnette was drafted by the Raiders in 2020 with the team's 19th pick. Arnette has been on the Raiders' injured reserve list since early October but complied 29 total tackles and three pass deflections during his time in the NFL.

In addition to Arnette, the Raiders also recently released wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, who was also one of the team's picks in the 2020 NFL draft. Ruggs was released after he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, resulting in death. According to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, Ruggs was driving at 156 miles per hour and had a blood-alcohol level of .16 when the crash occurred.

Newsweek was directed to Mayock's remarks during the conference call after reaching out to the Raiders for further comment.

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The Las Vegas Raiders released cornerback Damon Arnette on Monday after he was seen on video holding guns and threatening people. Above, Arnette warms up before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Allegiant Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty