Former USC standout and fourth-round NFL draft pick Joe McKnight has reportedly passed away Thursday afternoon.

According to, an argument at an intersection resulted in McKnight being shot.

“A witness, who declined to give her name, said she was leaving a store in the area when she saw a man at the intersection yelling at another man, who was trying to apologize. The man who was yelling shot the other man more than once, she said.

She said the shooter shot the man, stood over him and said “I told you don’t you f— with me.” Then he fired again, she said. “

McKnight played three seasons at USC, registering 2,213 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. He also had 542 yards receiving over his career and two touchdowns through the air.

McKnight played four years in the NFL. He was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Jets, where he played four three seasons. He last appeared in the NFL in 2014 with the Kansas City Chiefs.

He was still working on his football career, appearing on two Canadian Football League teams earlier this season.

Sports world is stunned as a former college standout has tragically passed away at just 28 Harry How/Getty Images
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