As friends and family continue to remember the life of former football star Will Smith, his former head coach with the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton, is sharing his grief in a different way.
Payton recently spoke out on Smith’s murder and turned the conversation towards New Orleans drug laws.
“Two hundred years from now, they’re going to look back and say, ‘What was that madness about?’ “ Payton said in an interview with Jarrett Bell of USA Today. “The idea that we need them to fend off intruders … people are more apt to draw them (in other situations). That’s some silly stuff we’re hanging on to.
“I find myself leaning to the right on some issues. But on this issue, I can’t wrap my brain around it.”
Payton continued talking about the violence in New Orleans, saying things have gotten worse since he first arrived with the team in 2006.
“It’s like our big little secret,” Payton said. “They don’t want to kill tourism. But right now, it’s like the wild, wild West here.”
While Payton went on further regarding the “broken” city, he made sure to share some positive thoughts regarding his former player. Payton praised Smith for the work he has done in the community and also shared that the former pass rusher was set to join the Saints staff as an intern.
We continue to send our deepest condolences to those impacted by this tragedy.
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