New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton spoke out in an interview with USA Today.
On Saturday night, former NFL Pro Bowl defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed during a traffic altercation.
Just hours earlier, the 2010 Super Bowl champion tweeted about how much fun he was having at the French Quarter Fest in New Orleans. While information is still rolling in about exactly what happened, it's a tragedy all around.
Sean Payton, Smith's coach for most of his time in New Orleans, did something rare for an NFL coach: He spoke out against lax gun laws, violence, and culture.
In a 33-minute phone interview with USA Today, Payton sounded off about everything from what it was like driving to the scene of the shooting to Smith's potential for becoming an NFL coach someday. The night of the shooting, Payton spent time at the hospital with Smith's wife, Racquel, who was also shot.