Damon Arnette
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Arnette with Ohio State in 2018
No. 20
Personal information
Born: (1996-09-02) September 2, 1996 (age 27)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Thomas Aquinas
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
College:Ohio State (2015–2019)
NFL draft:2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:29
Pass deflections:3
Player stats at NFL.com

Damon Arnette (born September 2, 1996) is a former American football cornerback. He played college football at Ohio State and was drafted by the Las Vegas Raiders in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early years

Arnette was born in Dallas, Texas, and moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when he was three years old.[1] He attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School, where he played linebacker and wide receiver for the Raiders.[2] He was named honorable mention Class 8A-7A-6A All-County as a senior and helped lead the team to a state championship. Rated a three-star recruit, Arnette originally committed to play college football at South Carolina during the summer going into his senior year before changing his commitment to Ohio State on national signing day.[3]

College career

Arnette redshirted his true freshman season after a bone chip was discovered in his tibia during training camp.[2] He played in 13 of Ohio State's games the following season as a key reserve at defensive back and recorded 21 tackles with one interception.[4] As a redshirt sophomore, Arnette started 12 of the Buckeyes 14 games and led the team's cornerbacks with 44 tackles with two interceptions and eight passes broken up and was named honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference.[5][6] Arnette was again named honorable mention as a junior, 40 tackles and one interception in 13 games played.[7][8] Arnette originally planned to leave school and forgo his final season of NCAA eligibility to enter the 2019 NFL Draft, but eventually decided to return to Ohio State for his final year of eligibility.[9]

Arnette scored his first career touchdown on September 14, 2019, on a 97-yard interception return against Indiana.[10] Arnette was named second-team All-Big Ten at the end of the season, recording 35 tackles, eight passes defended and one interception while playing with a broken wrist.[11][12][13]

College statistics


Season Team GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sck Int Yds Avg TD PD FF FR
2016 Ohio State 11 11 10 21 0.0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2017 Ohio State 12 35 9 44 3.0 0.0 2 35 17.5 0 8 1 1
2018 Ohio State 13 31 9 40 0.0 0.0 1 1 1.0 0 6 0 0
2019 Ohio State 11 27 8 35 1.0 0.0 1 96 96.0 1 8 1 0
Career 47 104 36 140 4.0 0.0 5 132 26.4 1 22 2 1

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split
5 ft 11+58 in
(1.82 m)
195 lb
(88 kg)
30 in
(0.76 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
4.56 s 1.56 s 2.67 s
All values from NFL Combine[15]

Las Vegas Raiders

Arnette was drafted by the Las Vegas Raiders in the first round with the 19th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.[16] The Raiders previously obtained the 19th selection as part of the trade that sent Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears in 2018. He was placed on injured reserve on October 2, 2020, with a thumb injury.[17] He was moved to the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on October 19,[18] and was moved back to injured reserve on October 30.[19] He was activated to the active roster on November 14, 2020.[20]

Arnette entered the 2021 season as a backup cornerback behind Trayvon Mullen and Casey Hayward. He suffered a groin injury in Week 4 and was placed on injured reserve.[21] The Raiders released him on November 8, 2021, after the discovery of a video showing him brandishing firearms and making death threats.[22]

Miami Dolphins

On December 15, 2021, Arnette was signed to the practice squad of the Miami Dolphins.[23] His contract expired when the team's season ended on January 9, 2022.

Kansas City Chiefs

Arnette signed a reserve/futures contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on January 20, 2022.[24] He was released on January 29, 2022, after he was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, and two counts of possession of controlled substances in Las Vegas.[25]

Personal life

Arnette is also a rapper under the stage name NWG Suave.[26]

Legal issues

On November 5, 2021, Arnette was accused of injuring a woman in a 2020 car crash. On October 14, 2020, Arnette allegedly slammed into the woman's car after missing a turn on the way to team practice, then left the scene. The crash occurred with Arnette traveling at 65 miles per hour, which allegedly caused the woman "head trauma" and "shoulder, neck, and back pain as well as depression and panic attacks."[27]

On November 8, 2021, a video was discovered of Arnette in which he brandished firearms and was making death threats. This video led to his release from the Raiders.[22]

On January 29, 2022, Arnette was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, and two counts of possession of controlled substances.[25] On July 25, 2022, Las Vegas authorities announced no criminal charges would be filed.[28] However, on May 16, 2023, it was announced that a grand jury had indicted Arnette for assault with a deadly weapon and other firearms charges relating from this incident.[29] On August 7, Arnette formally agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to 50 hours of community service, $2,000 in fines, surrendering the gun he had when he was arrested, and ordered to not violate any laws for 90 days.[30]

On the night of July 25, 2022, Arnette was pulled over and found to have a suspended license. He was released with the police allowing the passenger to drive the vehicle. Hours later, shortly after midnight on July 26, Arnette was again pulled over driving the same vehicle, and this time was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license. He was later released on bond.[31]

NFL career statistics


Season Team GP GS Solo Ast Tot TFL PD
2020 LVR 9 7 21 4 25 1 2
2021 LVR 4 0 2 2 4 0 2
Career 13 7 23 6 29 1 4

Note: Stat categories that he didn't record any stats in are not included in the table, such as sacks and interceptions.


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