The death of Will Smith, who played defensive end for the New Orleans Saints, has shocked many. Tyrann Mathieu, the defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, took to Twitter to call out Smith’s alleged killer.
According to NBC Sports, Mathieu said that he knows Cardell Hayes, who was charged on Sunday with second-degree murder in the death of Smith over an alleged incident of road rage. Hayes, who was, at one point, a top high school football player in New Orleans, is said to have rear-ended Smith’s vehicle.
“I know that dude, he been a hating a** coward,” said Mathieu. “Never knew he’d grow up to be a killer tho…. May you get what you deserve coward.”
Prior to this, Mathieu tweeted “RIP WILL SMITH,” on Sunday morning around 12:30 a.m. after hearing about Smith’s death, as reported by Nola.com.
However, Mathieu wasn’t finished with his tweets, as he offered his thoughts on the Big Easy’s culture which he believes is violent and offers very little opportunities for young people.
Tyrann Mathieu said that its better to handle a situation like an adult, and “not like cowards,” according to UPI. He also noted that it’s “cool” to be a father and provide for children, rather than to drop an album.
“All they have is music to influence them, and if you listen closely to music now a days, it’s brainwashing them to believe drugs and killing,” wrote Mathieu, who noted that public parks in the city have overgrown grass and basketball hoops missing both rims and nets.
Mathieu continued, “Until y’all get them crooks out of office and until y’all give these kids something constructive to do, the violence will continue to grow!”