Former Redskins RB Pierre Thomas issued an emotional statement following the tragic death of New Orleans Saints' Will Smith. Thomas was with Smith at the scene of his senseless murder, and the scene will clearly stay with the veteran NFL running back.
His edited statement is below, click here for the original version.
The last few days have been a whirlwind and I am still trying to wrap my head around this whole thing. I flew out of New Orleans last night and back to Chicago because I couldn't think straight...I witnessed a close friend, teammate and a man that I thought of as one of my big brothers in the NFL shot to death over a (expletive) FENDER BENDER!!! What, why how? I just don't get it...these images that I have in my head will never leave me and I understand that and will have to live with it. I want to thank each and every one of you, my family, friends, fans and the whole entire Who Dat Nation for all of your thoughts and prayers....but let's send them instead to Will's family - his wife and 3 kids who have to be strong during this difficult time.
People!!! When is this (expletive) going to stop? There is so much senseless killing going on in our world, and I'm not saying that I have the answers to fix it...but I am willing to do my part to help and find a solution. My heart is heavy and wish I could turn back the hands of time, but what is done is done and sadly my close friend is gone but he will never ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace Will
Smith was 34 when he died, and many others around the NFL have come out with strong words after the murder. Saints coach Sean Payton spoke of the need to change gun laws in the wake of Smith's death, for more on that click here.
Thomas played in New Orleans for eight seasons, winning a Super Bowl with Smith in 2009. Thomas joined the Redskins late in the 2015 season, playing in four games and the team's Wild Card round playoff loss to Green Bay.