The NFL world was rocked by the news of former player Will Smith’s murder following a fit of road-rage early Sunday morning. There was probably no one more shocked than the New Orleans Saints, who Smith played for during his career, and quarterback Drew Brees.
Brees spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King on Sunday following the news and was pretty sad about the entire ordeal. Not only was he upset because he lost a friend, but he said that it is a common occurrence in the city and that something had to be done about it.
“The problem,” Brees said, “is New Orleans perennially is way up in these homicides statistically. We become desensitized to it. And so many people die, but we pay attention when it’s Will Smith; that forces so many people who wouldn’t normally deal with it to deal with the reality of a terrible thing, the gun violence in the city.
“People are going to make arguments now about gun control. And it just seems to me … This is about the way … the way human beings treat other human beings …”
Drew Brees obviously knows what he is talking about, having spent the last 10 years in the city. In 2015, there were 164 murders in New Orleans, a 10 percent increase from 2014.
Whatever comes of this situation, it is very clear that something has to be done in the city. It is sad to think, but the murder of a high-profile name like Will Smith might be the thing that causes change.
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