Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith had to call the police in response to the aggressive efforts of his family members to get money from him. Apparently, they had some success in that regard before Smith put a stop to it.
According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, Smith’s lawyer claims that the player is missing more than $1 million.
“I’m not certain of the amount of money that’s gone,” attorney John Schorsch said. “I would suggest to you that the numbers are in the seven digits that need to be accounted for. I don’t know how much of that, if any, is a legitimate gift and how much of that is squeezed out of him or how much of that is flat out taken. And I know of the latter two categories it’s a bunch.
“I’m going to make sure all the money is justified and it’s not going to be pretty.”
Smith’s mother denies taking anything that wasn’t given to her. “I don’t know anything about any missing money,” Frankie Pinkney told George. “The money that we did receive from Tyron was all accounted for and everything is in writing, and he’s authorized all of it.”
Pinkney also told George that two of Smith’s stepsisters, Tiari Dennis and Brittany Pinkney, were among those who showed up at Smith’s home on Saturday and Tuesday looking for money, prompting Smith to eventually call police.
Frankie Pinkney claims that no one has been harassing Smith for money, and that the problems arose because Smith’s girlfriend wouldn’t let the stepsisters in the house.
“They had not seen nor talked to him in months due to a family disagreement, which by the way, was not about finances,” Pinkney said. “The family disagreement was about his girlfriend, who is five years older than Tyron, who is a big part of the confusion in our family right now. . . .
“Leigh [Costa, Smith’s girlfriend], reported that my daughters were threatening her and they were demanding money. My daughters did not make any threats.”
Leigh Costa denies the denial. “Nothing she’s saying is factual,” Costa said. “I didn’t do anything. I’m a drive-by victim to his family’s chaos.”
Per George, Cowboys security is aware of the situation and has procedures in place to ensure there will be no incidents when Smith is with the team. Coach Jason Garrett said Thursday that he doesn’t believe the controversy will be a distraction for Smith.
“I think every player and every coach, really around this league, they have different things going on in their lives and you just have to come into work and do your job as best you can,” Garrett said.
Still, it’s a shame that Smith has to deal with whatever issue is causing stress and conflict. Surely, Smith wouldn’t have called the police on his family members if something wasn’t seriously amiss. Here’s hoping it all gets worked out quickly, and that if there’s missing money he gets it all back.