Henry Ruggs was charged with DUI resulting in the horrific death of 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her dog.
Not many people came to his defense, especially when they found out the details of his crash. Specifically just how fast he was traveling at the time of impact.
One NFL player did however back him up on Twitter.
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 🙏🏽💯
— Kadarius Toney (@0fficialC2N) November 3, 2021
Toney received plenty of backlash, but didn’t back down. He left the tweet up.
There was no apology.
Toney was asked about his Ruggs tweet:
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“Like I said, pray for the families involved,” Toney said when asked about the tweets. “Pray for the families. That was clearly stated in there. I don’t know how everything else came about. Take it how you want it.”
As the questions persisted, Toney became more agitated.
“Like I just said, pray for the families involved. Why are you drilling the same question? I’m not going to answer that. Come one. I don’t got time for this,” Toney barked.
Things changed direction for a moment but eventually circled back to the tweets. Again, Toney was visibly irritated.
Joe Judge spoke with Kadarius Toney about his tweet regarding Henry Ruggs III. Does Toney regret the tweet?
"Like I said, pray for the families involved. How could you regret having empathy for both sides? I don't really get it" pic.twitter.com/ybCjHpAhI4
— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) November 10, 2021
“I mean, there’s going to be attention anyway just because of who I am, I guess, with anything I say,” Toney said. “Really from Joe, it’s more so say what you’ve got to say, and mean what you say. At the end of the day, you shouldn’t have to go back and clarify anything that you say, which I’m not doing here.
“Like I said, pray for the families involved. How could you regret having empathy for both sides? I don’t really get it.”
Head coach Joe Judge previously insisted Toney was coming from a good place, but acknowledged the message may have been skewed a bit on social media.
“I talked to Kadarius. It’s important that we understand how we articulate our words and put them out there,” Judge said. “Ultimately, our prayers are with everybody. This is a situation no one wants to see happen to anybody. No one wants to be in this situation. While no one is in any way, shape or form dismissing the consequences at all, it’s horrible on both sides. It’s absolutely horrible. As some players on the Raiders and Derek Carr have voiced, as well, it’s a terrible incident. You’ve just got to make sure that you still have prayers for everybody involved. The important thing is we articulate our words and we watch what we say at the same time.”
Judge will probably have to have another talk with Toney.