Nate Hobbs arrested for driving while intoxicated hours after win over Colts

Hobbs is the latest member of the Raiders involved in any extra sporting matter, and just as the team seeks to access the playoffs

HENDERSON, Nev. – Las Vegas Raiders rookie cornerback Nate Hobbs was arrested for a misdemeanor early Monday, hours after the team returned from a last-second victory over the Indianapolis Colts that kept their playoff hopes alive. .

The arrest of Hobbs, 22, comes two months and a day after catcher Henry Ruggs III was involved in a severe high-speed car accident that claimed the lives of a 23-year-old woman and her dog and would leave Ruggs to up to 50 years in prison for felonies and reckless driving charges. And a day before a year when runner Josh Jacobs was arrested for the same causes after a collision near the Las Vegas airport.

According to a press release from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, “At approximately 4:09 am, the LVMPD Dispatch received a referral call from a driver asleep inside a vehicle, which was parked on the exit ramp of a parking lot. located at 3500 South Las Vegas Boulevard. Arriving officers contacted the driver, identified as Nathan Hobbs, 22. He was given the FST (poison test) and failed. He was transported to the detention center Clark County, where he was booked for impaired driving (misdemeanor). “

The Raiders issued a statement saying they were “aware” of the incident.

“The organization has been in communication with local police and is in the process of gathering more information,” the statement read. “We will have no further comment at this time.”

Interim Raiders coach Rich Bisaccia was asked in his weekly press conference if alcohol and decision-making had been a point of emphasis for the team, given recent history.

“I feel good saying they’ve been hit (metaphorically) by distractions and things like that,” said a frustrated Bisaccia. “We are very aware of the city we live in, so I’ll leave it at that and see how it looks at the end of the week.”

Hobbs, a fifth-round pick from Illinois, has been a revelation for the Raiders as a slot cornerback and is a candidate on many rookie teams, with one interception, two passes defended, one forced fumble and one sack among his 67 tackles. They occupy the fourth place of the team, in 15 games.

The Raiders (9-7) achieved their first winning season since 2016, the second since 2002, with a 23-20 victory over the Colts and will host the Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) on Sunday night at the Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders can secure their second playoffs since 2002 with a win over the Chargers, but they can also come in if the Colts lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football, or to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Interestingly, both the Raiders and Chargers can do it with a tie, as long as the Colts lose at Jacksonville.

Bisaccia was also asked how the Raiders will make the Hobbs situation not a distraction, given that the team has already dealt with the sudden early resignation of coach Jon Gruden in the wake of an email scandal, the Ruggs crash, and cornerback Damon Arnette is also in court due to video of him threatening to kill himself while brandishing firearms.

“When it comes to distractions, we’ve learned to deal with distractions around here,” Bisaccia quipped. “We are certainly disappointed with the news. I don’t have all the facts yet. I will be able to comment, I think, when the end of the week comes, when I have more information about what is really going to happen.”