NEW ORLEANS -- Why is the guy who shot and killed former NFL player Joe McKnight a free man?! That’s the big question circulating.
Here’s how it went down. Ronald Gasser admitted to opening fire on McKnight during an apparent road rage incident in New Orleans Thursday. Police say McKnight didn't even have a gun, but they let Gasser go anyway without pressing charges.
— NOLA.com (@NOLAnews) December 2, 2016
At a press conference, Jefferson Parish Sherriff Newell Normand stated, “We released Mr. Gasser last evening after we took his statement. As I said before, external influences will not motivate this office one way or the other as to how we are going to conduct this investigation strategically.”
Normand has also expressed his opinion that the incident "isn't about race." The NAACP has described it as a "lynching."
Some of McKnight’s former teammates are taking to twitter to air out their frustrations and disbelief over the situation.
I try to be measured in these situations but how in the hell, less than 24 hours after the fact, u just let a man free who killed someone?!
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) December 2, 2016
McKnight’s stepfather, Elmo Lee, fought back tears as he spoke to reporters, “I just want everyone to know that this was not a troubled kid, young man. The boy was just trying to make it back in the NFL. That's all he wanted to do...for this to happen it`s just senseless and it has to stop.”
According to Lee, McKnight recently received a call from the Minnesota Vikings and says the team was in the process of picking him up.