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Tyron Smith called police to help protect him from his siblings

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Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith hit the jackpot when the Cowboys made him a first round pick in the 2011 draft, leading to a lucrative contract and his play has done nothing to suggest that there won’t be even bigger ones in the years to come.

According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, s0me members of his family have set their sights on getting some of that money. Dallas police responded to a 911 call from Smith’s home on Tuesday where, per a police report, two of Smith’s siblings had shown up to “harass and torment” him “in the pursuit of collecting financial gain.” This is the latest in a string of incidents involving members of Smith’s family, which led Smith to take out a protective order against his mother and stepfather that forbids them from having any contact with him.

“Lesser means were tried and they weren’t successful,” Smith’s attorney John Schorsch said. “You can use your own imagination as to what it took for a guy that big and that imposing to be that worried.”

According to the report, Smith gave a “substantial” amount of money to his family after signing his four-year, $12.5 million contract last year, but that family members have kept coming back for more. Smith wouldn’t comment and attempts to reach his mother were unsuccessful. The Cowboys also did not comment, but they are aware of the issues and had to remove a member of Smith’s family from a training camp practice in Oxnard, California, a couple of hours from where Smith’s family lives, this summer.

The newspaper quotes people close to Smith as saying that the 21-year-old is “emotionally torn up” by what’s gone on with his family, which certainly makes sense.

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  1. gorilladunk says: Nov 1, 2012 9:02 AM

    If you saw the “30 for 30″ installment on ESPN called “Broke”, this should come as no surprise. It’s sad how family members and hangers on feel they are entitled to a piece of the action gained from hard work and determination. And like a drug addict, once you get a taste, you can’t quit. I feel for Tyron and the hundreds of other players in professional sports who find themselves in this position.

  2. tommysaint1 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:02 AM

    That sucks.

  3. conormacleod says: Nov 1, 2012 9:02 AM

    This happens quite a bit actually. He’s being smart here. Maybe he won’t be one of the ones that are broke three years after retirement.

  4. nedhigginssports says: Nov 1, 2012 9:05 AM

    hate the cowboys, but that’s pretty awful to hear. At least this kid has the sense to do something about it instead of letting his family members leech him into bankruptcy.

  5. cowboys8819 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:05 AM

    I just don’t understand people! At least he is handling things the right way. Good job kid!

  6. zaggs says: Nov 1, 2012 9:05 AM

    “You can use your own imagination as to what it took for a guy that big and that imposing to be that worried.”

    Forget that. The dude was smart to call the police instead of trying to handle it himself only to see the headlines read “Cowboys lineman beats own brother”.

  7. elmaxoh says: Nov 1, 2012 9:05 AM

    When your OWN family turns agains’t you … it become really sad.

  8. daburgher says: Nov 1, 2012 9:05 AM

    what terrible people. i hate it when ppl feel entitled to other ppls success…. its the state of america… go Romney

  9. chc4 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:07 AM

    Sad. He needs to cut the cord. Unreal that they would put him in that position. His family should be ashamed… but of course they aren’t.

  10. scottplayersfacemask says: Nov 1, 2012 9:09 AM

    Dems

  11. richkotitte says: Nov 1, 2012 9:11 AM

    Hey, every family in America is different, not everyone has a ‘Leave it to Beaver ideal Dez Bryant’ type family ….It is what it is, perhaps Terrel Owens can be hired as a mediator.

  12. kurly00 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:11 AM

    Chin up big fella!!!!

    You do not get to pick your family.

    Any of the members of his family reading this you should be ashamed of yourselves.

  13. 4t9er says: Nov 1, 2012 9:12 AM

    Sometimes your worst enemies are your own family, very sad.

  14. tlmoon2112 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:15 AM

    God bless this kid. His family is just doing what Obama tells them they should do….redistribute the wealth from those who earned it to those who haven’t. #ignorance

    “to each according to his need, from each according to his ability”

  15. bathroomben7 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:19 AM

    You can thank the Democrats for creating and fueling this sense of entitlement. Like the first poster said its sad (and morally wrong) that family and fly-by-night friends expect and even demand a piece of what one individual achieved through hard work and determination.

  16. cereal blogger says: Nov 1, 2012 9:22 AM

    Man you gotta feel for Smith, he did what most of us would have done if we were swimming in money. Except Republicans of course

  17. tundey says: Nov 1, 2012 9:22 AM

    Am glad he called the police and didn’t try to handle it himself. Good for him and shame on his family.

  18. mazblast says: Nov 1, 2012 9:23 AM

    He seems like a sensible young man who’s taking care of himself first, as he should. Shame on his family for trying to leech off him.

  19. daaabears says: Nov 1, 2012 9:23 AM

    Good for him.

  20. fordman84 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:24 AM

    Glad he went this route. Had he not called police and tried to take care of it himself he might have found himself having to pay hush money or face charges. Glad Tyron appears to have a head on his shoulders. When trouble shows up, call those that are paid to protect and go on with your own business.

  21. drewsylvania says: Nov 1, 2012 9:26 AM

    Gah, that’s horrible.

  22. brianc34 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:26 AM

    If you saw the “30 for 30″ installment on ESPN called “Broke”, this should come as no surprise. It’s sad how family members and hangers on feel they are entitled to a piece of the action gained from hard work and determination. And like a drug addict, once you get a taste, you can’t quit. I feel for Tyron and the hundreds of other players in professional sports who find themselves in this position.
    ***********************************
    Or if we paid our athletes like we pay our teachers, the people we charge with raising our youth, no family members would come looking for the money. There’s no money to come get.

  23. burlbradley says: Nov 1, 2012 9:29 AM

    I would much rather my family be mad at me for not giving them money than them not talk to me once I have no money. Money changes people, apparently changed him for the better.

  24. joetoronto says: Nov 1, 2012 9:30 AM

    Good for him is right, how low and despicable can people get?

    By the way, you people injecting political views on a football message board aren’t much better.

    SMH.

  25. doublezero74 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:31 AM

    Yeah let’s make this story into a political debate on US economic strategy. I believe if we didn’t elect Clinton, Antoine Walker wouldn’t be in jail for being a deadbeat after earning over 100 mil in the 90s and early 2000s. Damn democrat did that to him.

  26. schmitty2 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:32 AM

    Glad to see he didn’t take the “Dez Bryant approach” when dealing with family members

  27. shadcan says: Nov 1, 2012 9:33 AM

    For those of you trying to tie this to politics, get a life. Crawl out of your conspiracy theory caves. This kid is in a tough situation, he must love his family but at least he’s smart enough to draw a line. That’s tough to do with family.

  28. pftcensorssuck says: Nov 1, 2012 9:34 AM

    Wow…. what a shame this young man has to go to that extreme.

    He tries to do right by them, and instead of being grateful, they push him to the point where he’s forced to call the police.

    Sad, feel bad for this poor guy.

  29. flaccodelic says: Nov 1, 2012 9:36 AM

    If I posted that this situation is because the poor have been kept down to the point of desperation because of Republican policies I’d deserve a million thumbs downs.

    Anyone suggesting this situation has anything to do with politics is being as opportunistic and douchey as this poor guy’s crap family.

    Shut up with the scattershot blame already.

  30. briggsisbrokeagain says: Nov 1, 2012 9:39 AM

    That’s an impossible scenario to referee. The whole matter seems like a ticking bomb, damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Good luck young man.

  31. teambringitstrong says: Nov 1, 2012 9:40 AM

    Sports blog and some are trying to turn this into a political agenda. Are you that afraid of losing the election? And to think, myself and other veterans as well as our active duty military put our lives on the line protecting freedom for douches like ‘ya’ll’.

  32. flmike says: Nov 1, 2012 9:41 AM

    @bathroomben7
    And we should blame the Republicans for teaching the the almighty dollar should be worshipped above all else.

  33. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 1, 2012 9:41 AM

    Blast them back to hell with a forearm shiver Tyron, or better yet, let the cops do it. #scums

  34. almanak209 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:44 AM

    I don’t see how anyone can equate this to politics. The democrats nor republicans, let alone any government policy has anything to do with these people’s greed and their need to try and manipulate Smith for his money.

  35. magicbucs says: Nov 1, 2012 9:47 AM

    Sad story, Keep your head up kid….

    What’s also sad is the Romney plugs I’ve seen. Look I take no sides but when a man worth hundreds of millions tries to get a photo op by collecting “donated goods” mostly bought by his own people for show is sickening. Those who support this snake with legs should be ashamed. Then to not even know the red cross doesn’t accept goods but only $ is a shame too. He mitt why don’t you donate some of your non taxed offshore account millions to the red cross? Oh yea FEMA would not exist if he were pres. All those tens of millions of American citizens would be left hanging. Like the 47%

    ROMNEY already failed… And I’m an independent.

  36. peavey2 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:50 AM

    Wow. Just wow. Glad he called police instead of taking things into his own hands.

    Sometimes with stories like these there is another side to it that changes how bad it looks. I just can’t imagine one, especially since the story is corroborated by police reports. It really appears that Smith has taken the high road.

  37. trefkennedy says: Nov 1, 2012 9:54 AM

    Why is everyone bringing Obama into this??

  38. hatesycophants says: Nov 1, 2012 9:57 AM

    This seems so private it shouldn’t be posted anywhere.

  39. lks311 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:57 AM

    daburgher says:
    Nov 1, 2012 9:05 AM
    what terrible people. i hate it when ppl feel entitled to other ppls success…. its the state of america… go Romney

    scottplayersfacemask says:
    Nov 1, 2012 9:09 AM
    Dems

    bathroomben7 says:
    Nov 1, 2012 9:19 AM
    You can thank the Democrats for creating and fueling this sense of entitlement. Like the first poster said its sad (and morally wrong) that family and fly-by-night friends expect and even demand a piece of what one individual achieved through hard work and determination.
    _______________________

    Guys, go back play with your friends over of the Fox News site and let’s leave this a “politics free zone”.

  40. billh1947 says: Nov 1, 2012 10:03 AM

    Being the good parents they are they are just asking their young multimillionaire son for some more money to put away for him in banks and investments so he wont be broke after football like so many former players are.they are just looking after the kids best interests like all responsible parents do.:)

  41. theodorethompson says: Nov 1, 2012 10:04 AM

    bathroomben7 says:
    Nov 1, 2012 9:19 AM
    You can thank the Democrats for creating and fueling this sense of entitlement. Like the first poster said its sad (and morally wrong) that family and fly-by-night friends expect and even demand a piece of what one individual achieved through hard work and determination.
    ________________________________

    Yes, because none of this would have happened under a Republican, please… You will have leaches like the Smith “family” no matter who is in the White House

  42. raiderlyfe510 says: Nov 1, 2012 10:16 AM

    Not exactly the Huxtibles.

  43. chalkruz1989 says: Nov 1, 2012 11:08 AM

    Tyron Smith will be 50 one day and he’ll have medical bills and hopefully nothing worse then that. But, in the case he does, his family members will forget about him and leave him alone. He needs to pocket as much money he earns in the NFL and put it in the bank and live moderately.

    He has a bright future and the further he distances himself from them, the better his career and life will be. It sure takes some brass-ones to stand up to your family members instead of giving in.

    His Mom, nor Dad, nor anyone else went through two-a-days, gassers, or 100 yard sprints and lifted the infinite amounts of weights and put in the time life he did. Where do they come off believing that they deserve some of that?

    Sure buy your Mom or siblings something if they were there for you before the spotlight, but remember rats will multiply when you spoil them.

  44. cometkazie says: Nov 1, 2012 11:13 AM

    He musta learned something at USC.

    Seems to have a good head on his shoulders. I hope he is getting competent help.

  45. steelerdeathstar says: Nov 1, 2012 11:16 AM

    As the old saying goes…’You can pick your friends, you can pick your clothes, you can pick your nose…but you can’t pick your family’

  46. 303bengalguy says: Nov 1, 2012 11:22 AM

    I’d tell his mom I’d give her $25 for every 225 bench press she can do, $10 for every 40 she can run in under 5.15, $5 for every inch of her vertical, and $100 for every time she pancakes a 275 lb. DE.

    See how fat that makes her deadbeat pockets…

  47. granadafan says: Nov 1, 2012 11:35 AM

    Tyron Smith may have won this time, but those useless leaches will continue try to bleed him dry for the rest of his life. If you can’t rely on your family then who can you trust? Unfortunately, it seems that his brothers tried to rob him at gunpoint as his agent alluded to.

    I really hope he finds a sound financial advisor and lawyer who are honest enough to protect his finances from the hangers on and from himself. Allen Iverson had a financial trustee who put the money in a trust where he can’t touch the bulk of it until he’s in his 50s. He gets a million or so allowance every year until then.

  48. erod22 says: Nov 1, 2012 11:36 AM

    Hence, the mentality that puts people like Obama in office. He was elected based on promising to do what Tyron Smith’s siblings are demanding.

  49. mn2long says: Nov 1, 2012 11:39 AM

    Daburgher says:

    “what terrible people. i hate it when ppl feel entitled to other ppls success…. its the state of america… go Romney”

    Check out the likes and dislikes on your comment. Guess you just conducted your own little election poll didn’t you?

  50. thraiderskin says: Nov 1, 2012 11:46 AM

    That is rediculous… this poor young man is doing the right thing by trying to separate himself from a bad situation. I sure hope this gets handled soon, he shouldn’t have to deal with this sort of thing, especially from his family. I can’t imagine having to call the police to protect me from the people that are supposed to love me.

  51. twardyyy says: Nov 1, 2012 11:47 AM

    That’s just absolutely pathetic. Smith’s family should be ashamed of themselves, but I guarantee they aren’t. That’s one reason why I’m glad I’ve never become Mark Cuban-rich. If I did, I would undoubtedly give money to my parents and the Susan G. Komen Foundation (my grandmother died of ready cancer a few years ago). I may give some to my “true” friends and in that case, I only have four that are that because they’ve stuck with me through thick and thin and the highs and lows. Other than that, no ones getting any, although I know I’ll have a lot of random family members that I’ve never met ask me for money, along with acquaintances that I’ve met once. Wish I can just hit the lottery in peace and no one would know about it, except for my parents.

  52. bigbluefan56 says: Nov 1, 2012 12:05 PM

    brianc34 says:
    Nov 1, 2012 9:26 AM
    If you saw the “30 for 30″ installment on ESPN called “Broke”, this should come as no surprise. It’s sad how family members and hangers on feel they are entitled to a piece of the action gained from hard work and determination. And like a drug addict, once you get a taste, you can’t quit. I feel for Tyron and the hundreds of other players in professional sports who find themselves in this position.
    ***********************************
    Or if we paid our athletes like we pay our teachers, the people we charge with raising our youth, no family members would come looking for the money. There’s no money to come get.
    ************************************
    And this is exactly how it starts. @Brianc34, ppl like you continue to make excuses for people that severely abuse the government for paychecks and hand outs… Get a damn job, loser! And earn your own way… Bottom line!!!!

  53. danfoutsbeard619 says: Nov 1, 2012 12:05 PM

    I thought this website was owned by NBC, looks like its been infiltrated by FOX News

  54. tindeaux says: Nov 1, 2012 12:13 PM

    man, that sucks. I don’t know too much about Troy Smith, but reading this, i feel bad for the guy. Good luck, young man.

  55. dominicthedonkey says: Nov 1, 2012 12:23 PM

    Gives me my money…the government gives us what we want, I just want mines.

  56. firegemini says: Nov 1, 2012 12:25 PM

    That’s messed up. Guy needs new family

  57. dominicthedonkey says: Nov 1, 2012 12:26 PM

    Your fine government is to blame for this. Over half this country feels they deserve handouts for doing nothing. And unfortunately, this young man is a victim of this.

  58. CKL says: Nov 1, 2012 12:45 PM

    Mixing family and money is one of the riskiest “investments” in the world because more is at stake than just the dollars. In the rare times we’ve lent family money we always look at it as a “gift” and never expect to se it back, we kiss it goodbye. He’s wise to do this. Even (and sometimes especially)family can be users and leeches. Will be interesting to see how they treat him now that he’s done the right thing. No one deserves anyone else’s money that they earned

  59. blackbug99 says: Nov 1, 2012 1:03 PM

    Good family things to do if you get a windfall: 1) Set Mom and Dad up in a decent house 2) Set aside some for siblings for a purely educational use. 3) Help in an emergency….Bad things to do 1) Hire any family member to handle the money or become a manager of said monies 2) Flaunt it and make it rain for any family member!
    He’s doing it right! Let the law handle these ingrates.

  60. billhicks666 says: Nov 1, 2012 1:15 PM

    Those of you who are trying to politicize this horrible situation are straight up losers.

  61. clu1perceiver says: Nov 1, 2012 1:17 PM

    Remember how the GM of the Dolphins was excoriated for his insensitive and cruel questions toward Dez Bryant? Even if the player is supremely talented, his habits, family situation, mental and physical health are fair game for examination.

  62. mintberrycrunch1 says: Nov 1, 2012 1:47 PM

    Keep your head up, big fella. You might not have the support of some, or all, of your family, but it looks like you have the support of America! Making a decision like cutting off leeching family had to be extremely difficult at the age of 21, but you did the right thing.

  63. zingo1978 says: Nov 1, 2012 2:04 PM

    @brianc34
    “Or if we paid our athletes like we pay our teachers, the people we charge with raising our youth, no family members would come looking for the money. There’s no money to come get.”

    Couldn’t disagree more. Fact of the matter is you are paid what your worth. That’s not a slap to our teachers. In fact, many teachers make a very lucrative income, they’re just similar to the athletes you say aren’t worth their paycheck They are the people who can do what almost no one else can.

    Can every teacher teach Neurophysiology? No. Only a very select few in the world can pack a room of the best and brightest to educate them on this topic and they are paid accordingly. Can most teachers teach 2nd grade math? Probably.

    To athletes, anybody can throw on a football helmet and uniform and go out there on Sunday, but only a very select few can actually pack stadiums and glue butts to seats for an entire Sunday.

    Remember this concept the next time you go to a packed movie theater. Would that theater be packed if the movie star who got paid 10 million for their work was replaced by the local theater actor?

  64. cometkazie says: Nov 1, 2012 2:28 PM

    I have just become a fan of Tyron!

  65. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 1, 2012 2:56 PM

    Typical Dallas. Yawn.

  66. wgray981 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:11 PM

    Wow, tough situation. Sometimes it can be hard to say no to your family, but hang in there!

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