Tyrann Mathieu: ‘Former LSU star’ got death threats from alleged killer’s family

Updated: April 13, 2016
Tyrann Mathieu: Former LSU star got death threats from alleged killer's family

Tyrann Mathieu has been an outspoken advocate against violence ever since New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed in New Orleans last week. Apparently, Mathieu has received death threats stemming from his comments.

Tyrann Mathieu called Smith’s alleged killer, Cardell Hayes, a “coward” on Twitter following the murder. The New Orleans native and Arizona Cardinals defensive back told “The Rich Eisen Show” that he has since received threats from people connected to Hayes and doesn’t feel safe returning to New Orleans.

“I know the guy personally and, Rich, it’s not really for me to put his personal business on air,” Mathieu told Eisen. “Because when I came out yesterday and called him a coward, I received death threats from guys in New Orleans – from his relatives. And I’m thinking to myself, ‘What do you guys want from me? I’m only here to speak the truth.’”

Smith was shot and killed after an apparent hit and run with Hayes’ vehicle two blocks from the crime scene last Saturday night. The defensive end played nine seasons in New Orleans from 2004-12.