Tua Tagovailoa Gets Emotional About Former Teammate Henry Ruggs III’s DUI Car Crash

by Quentin Blount

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is in disbelief over the tragic accident involving his former Alabama teammate Henry Ruggs III.

Ruggs, 22, is a former Alabama wide receiver who spent his first two years in the NFL with the Las Vegas Raiders. He was behind the wheel in a deadly car crash in the early hours of Tuesday morning. He is accused of driving 156 miles per hour while having a blood alcohol level of 0.161 — twice the legal limit. Ruggs is being charged with a DUI causing death, in addition to reckless driving.

Tagovailaoa was clearly emotional about the incident involving his former college teammate. He spoke to reporters about it on Wednesday afternoon.

“That’s tough,” Tagovailaoa said. “Obviously my heart goes out to the families affected by what happened, the choices, and decisions. My heart goes out to Henry too, and his family. Obviously, it wasn’t the right choice or decision that he made at that time. I know he wished he could have it back.”

Tua Tagovailoa Says Ruggs ‘Couldn’t Hurt a Soul’

Henry Ruggs III, who had his girlfriend in the car with him, crashed his corvette into the back of an SUV in the early morning hours on Tuesday. It didn’t take long for the SUV to catch on fire. When first responders arrived on the scene, the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames and they found a 23-year-old woman in the vehicle who was deceased.

The news of the entire incident has been one big shock to the Miami Dolphins quarterback.

“When I heard the news that was tough for me to hear, just knowing the kind of person Henry is. You never think this guy could hurt a soul,” Tagovailoa said. “So when you see something like that I’m still kind of in disbelief.”

Ruggs made his first court appearance on Wednesday in Las Vegas. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison for the DUI causing death and up to another six years for reckless driving. His bail is currently set at $150,000 with certain restrictions.

The Las Vegas Raiders released Ruggs after the accident.

Other College Teammates of Henry Ruggs III Speak Out

Tua Tagovailoa isn’t the only member of the Crimson Tide to speak out about the Henry Ruggs car accident. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was also a college teammate of Ruggs. He spoke about the situation at a news conference on Wednesday.

“I give my condolences to the family of the young lady that passed away and it’s unfortunate to see a situation like that unfold. I’ll just kind of leave it at that,” Hurts told reporters. “It hurts my heart for everybody involved.