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People like New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton are allowed to share their gun control rhetoric, ignorant lies about gun laws and tell their truth across the social media spectrum with no ramifications.

But what happens when someone speaks a bit of truth on the issue?

Just ask Tyrann Mathieu.

A New Orleans native and current Arizona Cardinals player, Tyrann Mathieu spoke out on FOX Sports radio Sunday after receiving the news of Will Smith’s shooting death. Now, he fears he won’t be able to return to the Big Easy.

“I don’t think I can go back to New Orleans. I don’t think that’s possible,” Mathieu said. “Why? Because I called a spade a spade.”

Mathieu took to Twitter to call out Smith’s murderer, and unlike Sean Payton, he had a very educated, insightful and realistic look at the real problem:

Mathieu also joined FOX Sports Radio to talk about it further:


But Mathieu says his comments about the incident and Hayes have led to death threats. In an interview on The Rich Eisen Show, Mathieu says Hayes’s family members have threatened him for speaking out against Hayes.

Mathieu told the News he knew Hayes from their high school days, even though they attended different schools. He remembers watching Hayes — who stands 6’4″ — bullying students “at playgrounds, at parks.”

“He’s a big guy…sometimes he would think he could just talk to you any way he wanted.”

“He’s bigger than Will Smith…I can’t understand why he felt the need to shoot him several times,” he said of the suspect, who has been charged with second degree murder and remains in jail on a $1 million bail.

“He left those kids without a father, without their hero,” Mathieu said of Hayes. “I just don’t understand. And that’s why I never go back home.”