Saints were set to hire Will Smith before he was killed

On a day when the NFL world was reminded of the harsh realities of life with the suicide of Aaron Hernandez, here’s yet another poignant reminder that the game of football isn’t all that important in the grand scheme of things.Speaking to reporters during his annual pre-draft press conference, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton indicated that the team was set to hire former...
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April 19, 2017  |  Discuss

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...
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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...
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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...
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April 12, 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

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...
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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...
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April 10, 2016  |  Discuss

New England Patriots gettin’ jiggy wit Will Smith

Will Smith is officially a New England Patriot. ESPN’s Mike Reiss and Field Yates announced the acquisition on Monday. Filed to ESPN with @FieldYates: Patriots are signing veteran DE Will Smith, formerly of the Saints, per source. — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) May 5, 2014 Smith has spent the last eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints after they drafted him with the 18th overall...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Not much interest yet in ex-Saint Will Smith

During the mass exodus of veterans from New Orleans this off season Will Smith has seemingly been lost in the mire. Smith was an excellent defensive end for the majority of his career in New Orleans, however the switch to a 3-4 system upon Rob Ryan’s arrival really signaled the end to Smith’s career as a Saint. Recovering from a torn ACL in 2013, Smith could still provide stout...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

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