Former NFL player Joe McKnight killed in Louisiana shooting
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By SI Wire/Sports Illustrated
Former NFL running back Joe McKnight was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in Terrytown, Louisiana, police informed the Times-Picayune.
McKnight, who most recently played for the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, was reportedly in a conflict at a highway intersection and attempting to apologize to another man, who then shot him more than once, according to an unnamed witness.
The witness told the Times-Picayune that the shooter shot McKnight, then stood over him and said “I told you don't you f--- with me” before firing again.
Family members reportedly identified the body.
A native of the New Orleans area, McKnight starred for John Curtis Christian High School and was considered by some services as the top running back prospect in his class. McKnight went on to play college football at USC, and professionally for the New York Jets, who drafted him in the fourth round in 2010, and Kansas City Chiefs. A torn Achilles tendon in 2014 effectively ended his NFL career.