Former Ohio State football player Damon Arnette faces felony weapon, assault charges

AP staff
AP staff
Former Ohio State cornerback and Raiders first-round draft pick Damon Arnette has been indicated on weapon and assault charges.

LAS VEGAS — Former Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette has been indicted in Nevada on felony charges alleging he brandished a .45-caliber handgun during an argument with Las Vegas Strip casino valets in January 2022.

The former first-round draft pick of the Las Vegas Raiders is due for arraignment May 24 on assault with a weapon and concealed firearm charges. 

Attorney Ross Goodman, the attorney representing Arnette, did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages about the indictment, which was filed May 12 in Clark County District Court.

Arnette, now 22 and living in Boynton Beach, Florida, played a total of 13 games for the Raiders before he was dropped by the team in November 2021 after social media video appeared to show him threatening someone's life while brandishing multiple guns. He was not charged with a crime at that time.

Prosecutors last year dropped drug and weapon charges against Arnette, citing a lack of sufficient evidence in the case, but it still prompted his release by the Kansas City Chiefs, who had signed him to a reserve contract.