Tyrann Mathieu to pay for funeral for 9-year-old New Orleans shooting victim

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New Orleans will always be a part of Tyrann Mathieu, and he’s doing his part to help during a tragedy that hit his hometown.

Via Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Chiefs safety will pay for the funeral of a 9-year-old boy who was shot and killed Monday.

Devante Bryant was killed during a triple shooting in the 7th Ward, and two other children were injured. Police don’t have a suspect at the moment. The funeral is scheduled for July 31, which would have been Devante’s 10th birthday.

“I wanted to help the Bryant family because I am from the 7th Ward and I felt that pain,” Mathieu said in a statement. “I have a 7-year-old son that lives in New Orleans and I couldn’t imagine something happening to him at that age. He is only 2 years younger than Devante. . . .

“Devante didn’t even have a chance to live his life before it was tragically taken away from him. My goal is to help stop the violence and help my community to show and empower children from my community that there is another way, one child at a time.”

Mathieu grew up in New Orleans, and has maintained a presence there as his football career took him elsewhere, with an annual celebrity kickball game to benefit his foundation.

5 responses to “Tyrann Mathieu to pay for funeral for 9-year-old New Orleans shooting victim

  1. Hopefully more players step up to address inner city violence. The NFL needs more people like Tyrann who see what really should matter today. Much respect for Tyrann.

  2. Man, has this man matured since his days at LSU and its good to see. Actions speak louder than words.

  3. Why are so many people “disliking” the positivity people say about Tyrann?

    He’s paying for a funeral, Frank Clark did something similar and people were disliking that too. I’m confused, are good deeds actually considered bad in 2020? Maybe I missed the memo…

  4. springfield says:
    July 16, 2020 at 10:15 am
    Why are so many people “disliking” the positivity people say about Tyrann?

    He’s paying for a funeral, Frank Clark did something similar and people were disliking that too. I’m confused, are good deeds actually considered bad in 2020? Maybe I missed the memo…
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    If we acknowledge it, then it becomes real. So for now, we pretend the 9 unarmed black men killed by police (last year) is FAR worse than the 7,000 black men murdered by black men (last year). When acknowledging the sad circumstances where children are shot and killed for no reason at all, well, it severely undermines “the movement” and makes people ask questions about the motives of BLM

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