Former NFL RB Joe McKnight shot and killed in Louisiana

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Former Jets and Chiefs running back Joe McKnight is dead after being shot in Terrytown, Louisiana on Thursday.

The Jefferson Parrish Sheriff’s Office announced that a man was shot dead on Thursday afternoon and family members at the scene told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that it was McKnight. McKnight’s high school coach also told the New Orleans Advocate that his former player had been killed.

The Advocate reports that the shooting followed a road rage incident. A witness told the Times-Picayune¬†that she saw a man yelling at McKnight, who was trying to apologize, before firing multiple shots that hit McKnight. Per the report, the man firing the gun then stood over McKnight and said “I told you don’t you f— with me.”

McKnight was drafted by the Jets in the fourth round of the 2010 draft after playing for USC in college. He spent three years with the Jets and then played two games for the Chiefs in the 2014 season. McKnight also played in the CFL this year.

Our condolences go out to McKnight’s friends and family.

33 responses to “Former NFL RB Joe McKnight shot and killed in Louisiana

  1. Unreal. Sad that we live in a world that is so careless about human life.


    Always liked watching him on the Jets when they played New England.

  2. What a nightmare for his family. Sounds like he was trying to de-escalate a situation and some road rage “tough guy” killed him over nothing. I hope they have the death penalty down there.

  3. Big time talent at USC. used to love watching him carve up the Pac-10. Sad story

    RIP Joe. RIP…

  4. We hear stuff like this often (too often) but for some reason this particular story just hits me hard.

    A young healthy man with his whole life ahead of him, trying to apologize for an accident, and you have some low life piece a trash just taking it from him. Then standing over him talking crap, and watching him die. Man…Sometimes I really hate people.

    Really puts things in to perspective. Who HASN”T thrown up the middle finger to someone on the road for someones indiscretions. I know I have, plenty of times. But all it takes is to piss off a loser with a gun that has nothing to lose. Really not worth it. Have to appreciate every moment we have on this earth.

  5. All it takes is losing your temper for a half a second and if you do the wrong thing as a result people’s lives are ruined including the shooter’s.

    In this case all over some stupid traffic incident. There was no need for this ever to happen.

    Sad and yet we see this sort of scenario repeated all over the US somewhere every single day.

  6. Just a simple flip of the finger can get you killed in a road rage incident nowadays SMDH

  7. Wow, just minutes ago I was reading about the Will Smith incident in New Orleans earlier this year, and then I see this, which is very similar. Sad to hear.

  8. I hope they find that sad sack of sh…. and he never lives to see the inside of a prison. Sounds like he did not give Joe a chance to explain or apologize so he does not deserve a chance either.

  9. This is terrible, a man apologizing for a traffic incident to be shot dead a few seconds later, total gut wrenching… Things like this really do put a hamper on my day…. What a world we live in

  10. That’s horrible. My condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.
    I keep saying we are headed for disaster in this country and every day I see things like this which is proving me right.
    Some people are just nuts and don’t deserve the oxygen they take in.
    And — will the same people who are offering their sympathy toward McKnight’s family have the guts to call for the guy who murdered him’s arrest, conviction, and a death sentence?
    We all know the answer to that one.

  11. We need to start dealing with things like this immediately. Give this guy a needle right now, not tomorrow, right now. Do it in front of his loving family who taught him how to act like a human being. I am so disgusted about things like this. Yep, 25-Life, 3 squares and cable TV for life. I have no interest in paying for this guy to take another breath and we need to make sure he’s been eliminated from the very shallow gene pool.

  12. Makes me sick someone could be that cold. We need an eye for an eye in cases like this the guy doesn’t deserve to see another second after that. Just a sad situation.

  13. This guy and Mike Westhoff were staples for our special teams, his 107 yard return against Baltimore and his 100 yard return against Houston were two of the best special teams plays that I have seen in this decade. He ran so fast nobody could touch him, he was also a leader on and off the field. RIP to an awesome young man and a true team guy.

  14. I found this poem by an unknown author comforting after the loss of a relative. Maybe some of you will too.
    My life is but a weaving, between my Lord and me, I cannot choose the colors. He worketh steadily.

    Oftimes he weaveth sorry, And I in foolish pride. Forget He sees the upper, And I, the underside.

    Not till the loom is silent. And the shuttles cease to fly. Shall God unroll the canvas. And explain the reason why.

    The dark threads are as needful. In the Weaver’s skillful hand. As the the threads of gold and silver. In the pattern He has planned.

    RIP Joe. May your family find comfort and peace in memories of you.

  15. And here comes the gun-control lobbyists… Had he used a machete instead of a gun, shall we ban machetes?? Maybe we should ban matches because of the forest fires in Gatlinburg.. Grow a set and teach your children properly from a young age about how to be a decent human being and to value life..

  16. Never get out of your car during a “road rage” incident. In fact, if at all possible, do not pull over or stop your car. There are plenty of crazies among us.

    What a sad situation. Gun crimes deserve stiffer sentences. Often times these people have a prior record with firearms and I would bet the odds are high this other individual has a history.

  17. R.I.P. to Joe Mcknight and condolences goes out to his family. Shot and killed in cold blood, over ROAD RAGE. Stop the senseless violence and damn can we all just try and work things out without guns. SENSELESS

  18. No, wish he hadn’t had his guns on hand… But guarantee you, you’ll wish you had yours on ya when an idiot like himself threatens you or your family… If the lives of you and yours are on the line, you’ll be the first clown to be cowering behind the guy with a CCW permit. Or maybe you’ll be able to weave some magic with your wife’s pepper spray loooooooool

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