Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith, who is in his second year in the NFL, had to call Dallas area police after family members showed up at his house. His family members, reportedly two siblings of Smith, showed up at his house to “harass and torment” Smith with the intent of “collecting financial gains.”
Smith smartly called 911 instead of addressing the issue himself, which a man his size is more than capable of doing. Possibly having learned from watching the legal issues that have followed teammate Dez Bryant around since his alleged domestic abuse case with a family member.
This incident is one in a long line of incidents involving Smith and his family members. Smith had to take out a retraining order against his mother and his stepfather that prevents them from having any contact with him. Early this year Cowboys officials had to remove a family member from their training camp in Oxnard, CA, close to Smith’s family’s home.
“Lesser means were tried and they weren’t successful,” Smith’s attorney John Schorsch said via Pro Football Talk. “You can use your own imagination as to what it took for a guy that big and that imposing to be that worried.”
At the heart of his family issues is the 4 year $12.5 million contract Tyron Smith signed. He originally gave a substantial amount of money to his family last year, but they have continually come back for more.
The Dallas Morning News says Smith is “emotionally torn apart” by the family discord. Smith, who is only 21 years old, has three sisters and two brothers. Two of those sisters allegedly showed up at Smith’s house on Saturday and again on Tuesday.
The Dallas Cowboys were aware of it, and their security team is helping Tyron Smith avoid incident around the club.
Just a reminder of the issues professional athletes face that fans never seen behind the mask of glamour and glitz. At least despite his young age he handled it maturely, something that can’t be said for all athletes today.