Will Smith family attorney: Wife shot first, killer not threatened

The family lawyer of slain former Saints defensive lineman Will Smith claimed in a Wednesday press conference that the former NFL player’s killing was deliberate and premeditated. Peter Thomson, the Smith family attorney, said he was hitting back at “lies” being told by accused killer Cardell Hayes. Ken Daley of the New Orleans Times-Picayune relayed video surveillance that...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Passenger: Cardell Hayes saved his life by killing Will Smith

A passenger who was riding in the car with Cardell Hayes the night Will Smith was murdered claims Hayes saved his life by shooting the former NFL defensive end. Tanzanike Ruffin, the attorney for Hayes’ passenger Kevin Oneale, released a statement Tuesday night labeling Hayes’ actions “justifiable homicide.” “My client believes that Cardell saved his life,” Ruffin said...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Smith may have been involved in hit-and-run before murder

Former NFL defensive lineman Will Smith may have been involved in a hit-and-run minutes before he was shot and killed Saturday night. Surveillance footage that was obtained by WVUE in New Orleans shows a Mercedes SUV apparently bumping into a Hummer at a red light. Police say those vehicles match the descriptions of the vehicles that were being driven by Smith and the man accused...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Mathieu: I received death threats from alleged killer's family

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has never been afraid to address issues surrounding his past and what defines him as a man today. Since his own off-field issues during his college career, the All-Pro has turned the corner. Not only has “Honey Badger” righted the ship in his personal life, he’s speaking out on some of the major issues in the United States today...
Via Sportsnaut
April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Reflecting on Will Smith’s football legacy

Former New Orleans Saints pass-rusher Will Smith died suddenly and tragically on Saturday. Here, we reflect on his fantastic career by looking at the key numbers. 67.5: That’s the total number of sacks Smith recorded in his nine NFL seasons, ranking fourth in team history. Between 2004 and 2009, only 10 players had more sacks than his 49.5. 5: That’s the total number of games...
Via This Given Sunday
April 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Tyrann Mathieu calls for political change in aftermath of Will Smith shooting

The football world continues to be in a state of shock following the tragic death of Will Smith. Smith, a former New Orleans Saints player and Ohio State Buckeye, was shot to death in New Orleans following an altercation stemming from a fender bender. Police have booked Cardell Hayes with a second-degree murder charge. According to The Advocate, Hayes attempted to sue the city...
Via The Comeback
April 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Did Will Smith have connection to alleged murderer?

The man accused of murdering former Saints Pro Bowler Will Smith once filed a lawsuit against the city of New Orleans, and Smith dined with one of the defendants in that suit hours before his death. Cardell Hayes, who has been charged with second degree murder, was the plaintiff in a high-profile case against the city centering around the death of Hayes’s father at the hands of...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Tyrann Mathieu says he knows alleged murderer of Will Smith

Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu says he’s familiar with the man who allegedly murdered former Ohio State defensive end Will Smith in New Orleans Saturday night. Cardell Hayes, a 28-year-old former prep star in Louisiana, was arrested and charged Sunday with the killing of Smith. Hayes was booked with a second-degree murder charge. He allegedly shot Smith and his wife, Raquel (who...
Via College Spun
April 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Man arrested for murder of former Saints DE Will Smith

New Orleans police have arrested the man accused of killing former Ohio State star defensive end Will Smith and injuring his wife, Raquel. Cardell Hayes, a 28-year-old former prep football star, has been arrested and charged for the fatal shooting of the former Saints’ 34-year-old defensive lineman. Hayes allegedly shot Smith multiple times after a fender-bender in the Lower...
Via College Spun
April 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Urban Meyer, Ohio State community react to Will Smith murder

One of the best defensive players in the history of Ohio State’s football program was killed Saturday night. Will Smith, a former Buckeye defensive end, was murdered in a road-rage incident in New Orleans after his car was rear-ended. The 34-year-old leaves behind his wife and three children. He spent his entire NFL career with the Saints. Urban Meyer, Jim Tressel and other members...
Via College Spun
April 10, 2016  |  Discuss

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