Dallas Cowboys right tackle Tyron Smith is finding out just how scary being a star NFL player can be. According to a police report, Dallas police responded to a 911 call from Smith’s house in North Dallas on Tuesday after the 2010 first-round draft pick claimed his siblings were there to “harass and torment” him “in the pursuit of collecting financial gain.”
Multiple news outlets have reported that two of Smith’s three sisters and at least one of his two brothers were at his house on Tuesday treating him so badly that he called 911. Some folks have rough relationships with their siblings, but this might just take the cake.
However, siblings aren’t the only members of Smith’s family who are “emotionally tearing him apart.” Smith filed a protective order against his mother, Frankie Pinkney, and his stepfather, Roy Pinkney, a few months ago to keep them from hounding him for cash. Smith’s attorney, John Schorsch, is now taking steps to protect Smith to a new level.
“Lesser means were tried and they weren’t successful,” Schorsch said. “You can use your own imagination as to what it took for a guy that big to be that worried.”
Schorsch is wise to take more drastic measures at this point because it’s not like Smith is just ignoring his family. Just after signing a four-year, $12.5 million contract with the Cowboys in July of 2011, he reportedly gave “a substantial amount of money” to his family. The same reports also state that the same family members just “keep coming back for more.”
This isn’t just a financial issue, either–it’s weighing on Smith mentally. The former USC Trojans star said he was “emotionally torn apart” because of his family’s pursuit of his wealth. If the guy really has already given these people “a substantial amount of money,” then he’s smart to try and keep them out of his life. Money does terrible things to people and this is a perfect example.
So many professional athletes go broke after they retire from their respective sport and they’re often ridiculed for it, but these instances with Smith suggest it’s not always the athletes’ fault. Rest assured, Cowboys meddling owner and general manager Jerry Jones will take matters into his own hands if this affects Smith’s play on the field in any way. Whether it’s right or wrong, it’ll happen. Hopefully Smith can work things out on own and find people who care about him despite his riches.