Realty One

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


HARVEY, La. - The man who says he fatally shot CFL player Joe McKnight has been arrested and jailed on a charge of manslaughter.

Ronald Gasser, 54, was arrested late Monday, after initially being released last week without charges pending further investigation, jail records show.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand announced a news conference for 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the case. Normand has said Thursday's shooting was the result of an apparent road-rage incident.

When deputies arrived, the sheriff said Gasser handed them his gun and confessed to killing McKnight, who played running back for the Saskatchewan Roughriders last season.

Gasser shot McKnight three times from inside his car while McKnight stood outside and then gave his handgun to deputies when they arrived at the scene soon afterward, Normand said. Authorities said no weapon was found on or near McKnight's body.

McKnight is the second CFL player to be shot to death this year. Stampeders defensive back Mylan Hicks was killed outside a Calgary nightclub in September.

McKnight was signed to Saskatchewan's practice roster on Sept. 26, and he ran for 150 yards in his first CFL start on Oct. 15 as the Roughriders beat Toronto 29-11. He finished the 2016 season with 228 rushing yards and 80 receiving yards over five games with Edmonton and Saskatchewan.

McKnight played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs before moving to the CFL.

The Jets held a moment of silence Monday night before their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium to honour the former running back.

McKnight was rated the No. 1 running back recruit in the U.S. when he came out of Louisiana in 2006 and signed with the University of Southern California. He was a fourth-round draft pick of the Jets in 2010 and played three seasons for New York. He spent one season with Kansas City.

McKnight had a 107-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in 2011, and it remains the longest play in Jets history.

(Canadian Press)


Tim from Kansas said...

Press conference link live now

Anonymous said...

Hang that BASTARD by the you know what .
May Mr. McNight rest in Peace.

Anonymous said...

Two men engaged in bad behaviour. It escalated from there and one ended up dead. What a sad story.

Anonymous said...

If you really want a reality check just read other story sites like Yahoo and see the comments. We live in dangerous times when the comments about this incident are equal among those who think Joe deserved it and the killer should be set free, and those who think Gasser is a murderer and deserves jail time. For me I just can't in my mind understand how shooting someone dead because of a traffic issue is justified. Apparently it is in the deep south. Truly a sad situation and so glad to be and live in Canada.

Anonymous said...

Product of U.S. gun culture. It's what happens when everyone can carry a loaded 40 calibre in their car. Eventually some hothead WILL shoot someone with it in a fit of rage.

T. Brown said...

Thanks for the link Tim – VERY enlightening news conference. I’d encourage others to watch it as well.

T. Brown

Anonymous said...

so glad to be and live in Canada?...jus not outside any Cowtown nightclubs!!

Anonymous said...

Look at the bags under that guy's eyes. His life is ruined because of a stupid argument.

Anonymous said...

There are some who want to bring the American way to Way. Keep your crap down south