A Giants rookie player was slammed for his ‘tone deaf’ tweet after he said ‘everyone makes mistakes’ following Henry Ruggs III’s arrest after a high-speed car crash that killed a 23-year-old woman.
Kadarius Toney, 22, tweeted support for former Raiders player Henry Ruggs III, 22, who was arrested after allegedly driving drunk and causing a fatal crash in Las Vegas.
‘We young…..everybody make mistakes….y’all lookin at the situation like “this or that” kuz it ain’t y’all…having so much too say….he know he messed up don’t drag em for it……that’s goofy to me….just pray for the families involved,’ Toney tweeted on Wednesday.
Ruggs was 127 mph – at one point having hit speeds of up to 156 mph – with a blood alcohol content of 0.161 – twice the Nevada state limit – on Tuesday morning before crashing his Corvette into an SUV that burst into flames and killed Tina Tintor, 23, and her dog, according to prosecutors.
Giants player Kadarius Toney, 22, is getting slammed by fans on social media after tweeting former Raiders player Henry Ruggs III support in a ‘tone deaf’ tweet
Toney said ‘everyone makes mistakes’ and that Ruggs knew ‘he messed up’
Twitter users spared no sympathy for Toney or Ruggs. Despite Toney turning the comments off on his tweet – a move some fans called ‘cowardly’ – the post was retweeted more than 6,000 times and fans had something to say.
‘This dude really trying to pass off murdering someone with your car as a “whoopsies, my bad”. GTFOH,’ one Twitter user wrote.
Another wrote: ‘Henry Ruggs III got in his car drunk out his mind, going 4 times the speed limit, and not only killed and woman, but devastated her family as well. You calling it a “mistake” like the n***a 8 years old and he stole a chocolate bar from the store. He took a whole LIFE away.’
Many slammed the football player for his grammar, while others asked how to delete someone else’s tweet.
‘What grade level of English is this? #proofread before you make a severely ignorant comment. It’s bad enough a woman dies from a reckless driver with a bac of twice the limit. Then you made it worse by talking like a 5 yo with your grammar. #wonderlick genius.’
Another was more concerned about ridding the world of the player’s tweet, he wrote: ‘How do I delete someone else’s tweet?’
Another just told Toney: ‘Bro delete this.’
Ruggs was involved in a fatal crash when he was caught driving his Corvette 156mph before crashing into Tina Tintor, 23, at 127mph, killing her and her dog
The car burst into flames upon the impact
Despite the onslaught of internet hate, Toney doubled down on his opinion on Thursday, writing: ‘tough talkin don’t faze me…….gangsta.’
The comments were also turned off for the follow-up tweet.
He later retweeted an ironic post stating: ‘I stay out the way I stay to myself.’
The young player’s coach Joe Judge later said he had ‘spoken to Kadarius’ and the rest of the team and knew where Toney’s ‘heart was’ when he decided to comment.
‘I’ve spoken to the entire team on this issue,’ Judge said. ‘I think the important thing that we express is that our prayers are with everybody involved with this. It’s a terrible thing to happen.
‘It’s important that we understand how we articulate our words and put them out there,’ Judge said. ‘The important thing is we articulate our words and we watch what we say at the same time.’
This isn’t the first time Toney had to learn a lesson about being careful what he says and does.
The rookie has required several sit-downs since the draft in April to discuss social media posts, punches thrown on the field, and cleats that don’t fit, according to the Daily News.
Judge also said the player a ‘really, really good person, he really is,’
‘I have no questions about this guy’s character. He’s got a good heart,’ the coach said.
As for disciplining the player for his ‘tone deaf’ tweets, the coach said the team takes ‘discipline where it’s measured.’
Toney tweeted again saying ‘tough talking’ didn’t ‘faze’ him, despite both tweets having their comments turned off
Despite not being able to comment, Toney’s tweet gathers more than 6,000 retweets with unhappy fans ridiculing the rookie for downplaying ‘murder’ and for his poor grammar
Prosecutor Eric Bauman said at Wednesday’s hearing that Ruggs was driving his Corvette at 156mph before colliding with Tintor’s Toyota RAV4 at 127mph at 3.40am on Tuesday in Las Vegas. The Toyota burst into flames, killing Tintor and her dog.
Corvettes can reach speeds of 190mph or more, depending on the model.
Ruggs’s mugshot was released Wednesday, showing the now-former Las Vegas Raiders receiver with a neck brace and a cut across his nose. He arrived at Wednesday’s hearing in a wheelchair.
The team dropped Ruggs just hours before his first court appearance on felony charges of reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death.
If convicted, he could face anywhere between two to 46 years in prison, according to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson.
Ruggs could also face additional charges for a handgun that police allegedly found on the driver’s side of his Corvette.
Appearing with his attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, Ruggs was not asked to enter a plea to the charges, pending the formal filing by Wolfson. His bail was set at $150,000, and he will be confined to his home following his release.