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Judge Imposes 25 Years in Killing of Retired NFL Star

Will Smith was shot after traffic collision in 2016

(Newser) - The man who fatally shot retired NFL star Will Smith after a car crash in 2016 received a 25-year prison sentence Thursday in New Orleans. It was the second time Cardell Hayes, 36, faced sentencing in Smith's death. He was convicted of manslaughter in December 2016 and later sentenced...

1-Yard Touchdown Doesn't Go Over Well With Falcons Coach

Up 24 points, Saints players went against coach to score one more after being told to take a knee

(Newser) - The Atlanta Falcons fired coach Arthur Smith hours after the team lost to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night, the AP reports. Smith went 7-10 in each of his three seasons with the team and couldn't lift the team out of its playoff drought. His termination came hours...

NFL Player's Routine Checkup Reveals Cancer
During NFL Player's
Routine Checkup, a
'Life-Changing' Find
in case you missed it

During NFL Player's Routine Checkup, a 'Life-Changing' Find

New Orleans Saints doctors diagnoses free agent Foster Moreau with Hodgkin lymphoma

(Newser) - A standard checkup during a free agency tour has led one young player to an unexpected diagnosis. ESPN reports that 25-year-old Foster Moreau had recently visited with the Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints as part of the process of seeking out a new NFL team, and it was a...

He Played in the Pro Bowl, Then Went to Jail

Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints accused of nightclub assault

(Newser) - New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara earned the honor of playing in the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday. Hours later, he found himself in jail, reports ESPN . The 26-year-old is accused of assaulting a man in a nightclub, according to a news release from the Las Vegas police department....

Former NFL Player, 31, Dies in Custody in Alabama

'They snatched the life of my son,' says father of Glenn Foster Jr.

(Newser) - The parents of former NFL player Glenn Foster Jr. say he had bipolar disorder and should have received medical treatment after his arrest. Instead, the 31-year-old died Monday, three days after he was arrested following a high-speed chase in Alabama. Reform Police Chief Richard Black says officers chased Foster Friday...

Drew Brees Announces Retirement
After 20 Seasons
With NFL, He's Done

After 20 Seasons With NFL, He's Done

Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints announces retirement

(Newser) - The Drew Brees era with the New Orleans Saints—marked by a Super Bowl celebration, raucous record-setting nights in the rebuilt Superdome, and the undersized quarterback’s outsized role in a historic city’s rebirth—has ended. Brees, the NFL’s leader in career completions and yards passing, has decided...

Only One Other Player Has Done This in an NFL Game

Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints scores 6 touchdowns

(Newser) - Alvin Kamara expects a fine for wearing a pair of Christmas-themed shoes that, as it turned out, would also be worthy of a Hall of Fame display. With a red shoe on his right foot and a green one on his left, Kamara tied an NFL record set in 1929...

NFL Fines Team $500K Over Mask Violations
Saints Pay
for Maskless

Saints Pay for Maskless Celebration

New Orleans also loses a draft pick

(Newser) - "All players and staff must wear masks or double-layered gaiters in the locker room on gameday—prior to the game, during halftime, and post-game," the NFL told teams on Nov. 3. On Nov. 8, the New Orleans Saints celebrated their victory over Tampa Bay without wearing masks. That...

Drew Brees: Anti-Kneeling Comments 'Missed the Mark'

Saints quarterback promises 'less talking, more listening'

(Newser) - I am not the enemy. That was the message from Drew Brees on Thursday as he responded to backlash from his suggestion that NFL players kneeling during the national anthem were "disrespecting" the American flag . "I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New...

Teammate to Drew Brees: 'I Can't Let This Slide'

Saints quarterback had spoken out against 'disrespecting the flag'

(Newser) - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees told Yahoo Finance on Wednesday that he would not support protesting players kneeling during the national anthem this season. "I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America,” Brees said in response to a question about...

Legendary Kicker Dies of Coronavirus
Legendary Kicker
Dies of Coronavirus

Legendary Kicker Dies of Coronavirus

Tom Dempsey's record stood for decades and sparked a major New Orleans party

(Newser) - Tom Dempsey, the kicker who made a 63-yard field goal that stood as the NFL record for more than 40 years, died Saturday of COVID-19. Dempsey, 73, lived in a New Orleans senior center, where he tested positive for the coronavirus in March, USA Today reports. At least 14 other...

After Chat With Drew Brees, Tears From Hoda
After Chat
With Drew
Brees, Tears
From Hoda

After Chat With Drew Brees, Tears From Hoda

'Today' show co-host got emotional over Saints QB's $5M donation to Louisiana to fight virus

(Newser) - On Thursday, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees made a big announcement : He and his wife, Brittany, would be donating $5 million to the state of Louisiana to help its citizens get through the coronavirus pandemic. The next day, he chatted with Hoda Kotb on the Today show about his...

Drew Brees Draws Fire After Controversial Video

New Orleans Saints QB pushes back after appearing in clip from anti-LGBT Christian group

(Newser) - "For we live by faith, not by sight" is one of Drew Brees' favorite biblical quotes, he tells fans in a 20-second video spot aimed at students for "Bring Your Bible to School Day" on Oct. 3. It was a short clip meant to inspire, but instead it'...

Judge Issues Bad News to Saints Fans

There will be no do-over of NFL team's playoff game against the Rams

(Newser) - Sorry, Saints fans: A federal judge on Thursday rejected a "Hail Mary" lawsuit attempting to force a do-over of the New Orleans team's NFC championship game against the Los Angeles Rams. Two season ticketholders were seeking a court order forcing the NFL to implement a rule allowing Commissioner...

Saints Fans Sue, Want Do-Over of Controversial Game

And other fallout from NFL's NFC championship game

(Newser) - The New Orleans Saints are probably still smarting over what has been called " the worst no-call in NFL history "—and their fans definitely are. Two of those fans, season ticket holders Tommy Badeaux and Candis Lambert, have filed a lawsuit the AP calls "the legal equivalent...

Coach: Saints Will 'Probably Never Get Over' No-Call

Rams are going to Super Bowl after 'worst no-call in NFL history'

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Rams are on their way to the Super Bowl—but the way they got there has left the New Orleans Saints furious about what some fans call the "worst no-call in NFL history." Saints coach Sean Payton tells the AP that he spoke to NFL...

Rookie Made a Season-Ending Gaffe. His Response Inspires

Saints' Marcus Williams says he won't let bad play define him as a man after a big loss to Vikings

(Newser) - It's a play Minnesota Vikings fans won't soon forget—nor Marcus Williams of the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings won the NFL's divisional playoff game 29-24 over the Saints on Sunday in the last 10 seconds, with Stefon Diggs scoring a jaw-dropping 61-yard touchdown that sent the...

Will Smith Killer Guilty of Manslaughter

Jury decided against convicting for murder

(Newser) - The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints defensive leader Will Smith was convicted of manslaughter on Sunday night, ending a weeklong trial in which the defendant insisted he only fired because the popular football star was drunk and violent and had grabbed a gun following a traffic crash...

No NFL Game Has Ever Been Decided Quite Like This

Broncos block Saints' extra-point attempt, return it for the win

(Newser) - It was a heartbreaker for the New Orleans Saints Sunday afternoon after they lost to Denver on the craziest of plays. The Saints were trailing 23-17 with less than 90 seconds left when Drew Brees threw for a long TD to tie the game and set up kicker Wil Lutz...

Life, Death, and Football in New Orleans
What Really Happened the
Night Will Smith Died

What Really Happened the Night Will Smith Died

How 2 football players came together for one fateful night on the streets of New Orleans

(Newser) - Sean Flynn at GQ has put together an extensive piece of reporting about the shooting that took the life of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith in April. Retired Saints are basically, well, saints in New Orleans, so by the morning after Smith's death on a Saturday night,...

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