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Tyron Smith seems to be a pretty good guy. At 22, the young left tackle for the Dallas Cowboys struggled in his second year in the NFL, but still has plenty of upside to appreciate. However, we’re not sure where he got his nice guy qualities. Because as it turns out, Tyron Smith’s family is the worst.
Last season, we caught wind of a 911 phone call Smith had to place when his siblings showed up to his house to harass him and threaten him into giving them more money. His girlfriend called 911 after two of Smith’s sisters arrived unannounced at his home in Dallas.
Now, we know just how deep and disturbing this story is, thanks to an hour long interview Smith did with the Dallas Morning News. His siblings, mother and father-in-law continually harassed him, threatened him and even stole money from the Dallas Cowboys’ left tackle through a financial adviser that they recommend he employ.
He’s filed a restraining order against his own mother, as she and his step father threatened to physically harm Smith and his girlfriend, Leigh Costa. This is a sad, sad story. Family is supposed to be that one support group that never leaves you. In this case, they’re the exact opposite. They’re leeches.
Here’s more from the Dallas Morning News story about the incidents between Smith and his family:
MORE, MORE, MORE
Smith, the first offensive lineman selected in 2011 when the Cowboys drafted him ninth overall out of USC, signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract. He gave his family a substantial amount of money, agreeing to pay his parents in four installments. But Smith’s stepfather, Roy Pinkney, his mother, Frankie Pinkney, and some of his siblings kept coming back for more.
“There was a certain amount I agreed to give them, but it went way beyond that and I was just like, ‘I’m done,’” Smith said. “I feel like I shouldn’t have given them so much. There was nothing wrong with helping them out and making sure they were taken care of, but not something to where they live the same lifestyle as you.”
VEXED BY A TEXT
Early last year, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told Smith he would be moving to left tackle. Smith sent a text message to his parents to share his good news.
The text Smith received back didn’t offer congratulations or say anything about how proud they were of him.
“They were already looking forward to the next contract, talking about things they wanted to get already,” Smith said. “I was like I haven’t even got there and there’s not even a sure thing that I will. And that was all that was coming out of their mouth.”
STILL OPEN TO RECONCILIATION
Many who meet Smith describe him as a “good guy.” He’s soft-spoken and considerate. Just a few weeks ago, Smith drove to West and helped serve food to many of the emergency workers who had responded to the fertilizer plant explosion. Smith also has a heart for animals. He has four dogs — three rescued from shelters — that he often plays with in his pool.
He said he’s open to reconciling with his family when the timing is right.
“If all the incidents stop,” Smith said, “and they just give me the space that I’ve asked for. The takeaway from this is don’t let people take advantage of you. And it’s all right to say no to certain people.”
For those that may be shocked that Smith wants to reconcile with his family, think if you were in that position.
If it was mine, I’d probably give them every chance to fix the relationships they’re willing to ruin over money. That being said, I’m glad it’s not me.