Former NFL Star Will Smith Was Shot During An Road-Rage Accident
|Former NFL Star Will Smith Was Shot During An Road-Rage Accident|
He experienced the highs and lows — winning a Super Bowl in 2009 and being suspended four games in 2012 following the NFL's investigation into the Bountygate scandal. His suspension was later overturned.
The shootings took place during an argument that occured when Smith's SUV was rear-ended at an intersection, police said.
Smith died behind the wheel while his wife, Racquel, was wounded in the leg. Police say Cardell
Hayes, 29, was arrested and charged with second degree murder and that a gun was recovered.
Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis later released a statement on behalf of the team saying:
|Saints Player Will Smith|
Will came to New Orleans 12 years ago and quickly developed both on the field as a player and off the field as a leader to become one of the cornerstones of a team that would go on to win a Super Bowl.
In our community he was an important contributor to numerous charitable causes to benefit those in need. Will's contributions to both our franchise and our community as a whole will always be remembered."
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu also released a statement saying he was "shocked and saddened" by Smith's death.
"The senseless acts of violence have to stop. Traffic accidents should not lead to someone losing their life," Landrieu said.
Were praying for the Smith family. I'm hurt to hear about this news. This man had a beautiful family. His life taken away for nothing 😔— Jermon Bushrod (@j_bushrod7475) April 10, 2016
Heavy Hearts w the senseless passing of our Team Capt. Will Smith. Pray for his wife's recovery and their children. pic.twitter.com/VomR0Sut6M— Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) April 10, 2016