There is no ending to that thought.
April 10, 2016 8:59 AM   Subscribe

"But theirs is a loss that never can be recovered." John DeShazier on the death of former New Orleans Saints Defensive End Will Smith. Smith was 34.
posted by roomthreeseventeen (7 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I read this ealier in a headline and thought they both had been killed.

I just now realized that she was shot and is alive.

Jesus I can't imagine what that must feel like bc just thinking about it makes me feel fucking awful.

I hope his family gets thru this ok. I hope there's some kind of "murder victim" policy that means his family gets a huge payout from his NFL contract.

posted by sio42 at 9:07 AM on April 10, 2016 [1 favorite]

It's just baffling that gun control is even a discussion at this point - someone empties a clip into a family over a car accident that they didn't even cause.

And yet the anti-control NRA folk's mind can twist horror after horror into, "But I'll be safe if I have a gun," which is what their ultimate selfish thought is. Despite all evidence to the contrary, they cannot envision themselves (or their children) in a situation where their big badass self with a gun won't save the day.

And decade after decade we all pay for that twisted pretzel cognitive dissonance.
posted by NorthernLite at 9:55 AM on April 10, 2016 [8 favorites]

posted by Joey Michaels at 11:41 AM on April 10, 2016

posted by Cash4Lead at 12:00 PM on April 10, 2016

He played at OSU the last two years I was there. I graduated just before we won the national championship, in no small part due to the most absolutely unbelievable defensive line I've ever seen, led by Will Smith. He was a college national champion and a Super Bowl champion, and a team captain in college and the NFL. That tells you something.

I used to love watching replays of the 03 Fiesta Bowl. It got harder after Sean Taylor was killed, and now it's going to be even harder. RIP.
posted by kevinbelt at 1:43 PM on April 10, 2016

The accused was also a football star.
posted by telstar at 2:11 PM on April 10, 2016

In the wake of Smith's death, Saints head coach Sean Payton says he hates guns.

I mean, Payton is a god in New Orleans, so I don't think he was taking a giant risk here. But it's still refreshing to hear an opinion from outside the Overton window.
posted by savetheclocktower at 3:35 PM on April 11, 2016

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