Several former Jets teammates attended the funeral of Joe McKnight in New Orleans on Monday, including Bart Scott, Antonio Cromartie, Sione Po’uha, Willie Colon and D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who all served as pallbearers.
Former USC running back LenDale White was also a pallbearer at the service. McKnight, who was shot and killed in a road rage incident on Dec. 1 in Terrytown, Louisiana, played three seasons at Southern California and three with the Jets.
“You think about teammates and what that means. It’s an extension of family. You become family,” Scott said, via ESPN. “You’re here to support him as an extension of his family. Support for his son, who’s gonna need guidance and memories and stories of the type of man that his father was.”
Willie Colon (l.), Mark Sanchez (c.) and D’Brickashaw Ferguson paid their respects on Monday.
Former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and former linebacker Demario Davis also flew down for the service. Sanchez currently plays for the Cowboys, while Davis plays for the Browns.
“There’s a brotherhood and a camaraderie that we shared,” Sanchez said, per ESPN. “And so it’s tough to lose someone like that. So we just wanted to show our support.”
Jaiden McKnight, son of former NFL football player Joe McKnight, enters the church for his father’s funeral in New Orleans on Monday.
“He was a brother to me,” Scott said. “It was a tough loss. Joe had the ability to make everybody feel like he was your best friend. He was a caring, thoughtful, cool cat.
“Stepping in front of the church, it really just got real. The emotions start to come, and you realize that you really lost somebody close. We have a very tight-knit fraternity. It’s gonna be a tough one to handle. But what makes it easier is that we have each other to lean on. Everybody’s taking this pretty hard.”
Ronald Gasser, the 54-year-old man who admitted to shooting McKnight, has been charged with manslaughter.
Earlier this year, former Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed in a similar road rage incident in New Orleans. His killer, Cardell Hayes, was convicted of manslaughter Sunday night and will serve up to 40 years in prison.
It is all part of a concerning trend in the city that has its residents worried. Jets defensive lineman Anthony Johnson, whose family still resides in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans, blocks from where McKnight was gunned down, offered this to the Daily News in the aftermath of McKnight’s death:
“It is very concerning. Right now, where my family is located, I don’t feel too good. I’m looking over my shoulder everywhere I go now. And this is where I was born and raised. It’s bad, especially for athletes, especially for guys like myself.”
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News