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Chiefs cut ex-Raiders first-rounder Damon Arnette after Las Vegas arrest on gun, drug charges, per reports

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Less than two weeks after signing with the Chiefs, former Raiders first-round pick Damon Arnette is once again without a team amid more legal troubles. Kansas City released the 25-year-old cornerback on Saturday, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, after the cornerback was arrested late Friday night in Las Vegas. Arnette faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, and possession of controlled substances, as reported.

Drafted 19th overall by the Raiders in 2020, Arnette was detained at Clark County Detention Center this morning, police records indicate, after a report of a person with a gun surfaced at the Park MGM hotel and casino Friday night. He was also charged with possession of marijuana or cannabis and possession of a class one or two level controlled substance, per Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Justin Byers. He’d just signed with the Chiefs on Jan. 20, inking a futures deal that included a commitment to “intense counseling and zero tolerance,” according to Pelissero.

Arnette was previously released by the Raiders in November after social media video surfaced of him posing with guns and threatening to kill someone. He was also the subject of multiple lawsuits in 2021, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal, facing allegations of assault and a hit-and-run.

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Arnette briefly spent time on the Dolphins‘ practice squad after his departure from Vegas, before signing with the Chiefs earlier this month. He’s appeared in 13 career games since entering the NFL but could also face league discipline in the wake of his latest off-field troubles.


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