So tragic! Former NFL star Joe McKnight has been shot and killed in broad daylight in a New Orleans suburb. We’ve got the sad details on how the 28-year-old was murdered in an alleged road rage incident.
This is just devastating. Former NFL player and current CFL star Joe McKnight, 28, was murdered Dec. 1, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has confirmed to HollywoodLife.com. The shooting happened at a busy intersection in the New Orleans suburb of Terrytown just before 3pm local time. Family members sadly identified the former New York Jet’s body at the scene. Authorities tell us a witness who was leaving a nearby store when she saw him attempting to apologize to another man after some sort of traffic incident. She then said the guy whipped out a gun and shot Joe, who fell to the ground. While standing over him allegedly screamed, “I told you not to f**k with me” and fired one more shot into his body, which was found at Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard. There’s no word on if a suspect is in custody.
Graphic video from the scene shows emergency responders trying desperately to revive Joe, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Joe grew up in Jefferson Parish, playing high school football for John Curtis Christian High School in River Ridge, LA before being displaced because of Hurricane Katrina. He became a standout running back and by his senior year was the top recruit out of the state. He ended up signing with the USC Trojans and in his 2007 freshman year, where he was hailed as “the next Reggie Bush.” The former Trojan and NFL star even sent out condolences upon new of Joe’s death.
RIP my brother Joe McKnight this one hurts bad
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) December 1, 2016
Joe left USC early to take part in the 2010 NFL draft, being picked up by the New York Jets. He played various positions including running back, corner back and kick returner during his three years with the team before being released in 2013. He got picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs for the 2014 season, which ended up being cut short due to a torn Achilles’ tendon. Joe then turned his attentions up north, playing in the Canadian Football League for the past two seasons, most recently in 2016 for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Our condolences go out to Joe’s family and friends during this sad time.