I doubt there are many moments in a football player’s life to compare to that moment the commissioner of the NFL calls your name−especially if you are taken in the top ten.
Tyron Smith was a right tackle out of USC, highly touted, highly coveted, highly talented, and after the Cowbooys took him number ten in the 2011 draft, highly paid.
And that, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, is the rub:
Smith spoke about the ordeal for the first time to The Dallas Morning News. He agreed to pay his parents in four installments after getting drafted, but they kept coming back for more. When he told them about a move to left tackle, they didn’t say congrats. They talked about the next contract.
“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.”
Smith’s lawyer alleged that his mom and/or stepdad threatened Smith’s well-being and the life of his girlfriend. The lawyer also alleged that Smith’s family took more than $1 million from him. The money went missing when Smith was using a financial advisor his parents recommended.
“There was money missing, but I just don’t know where it went,” Smith said. “There were times I would check my statements and it wouldn’t make sense and I hadn’t authorized it at all. I just felt betrayed and I was like, ‘Who can I trust?’ ”
Anyone with sudden riches can tell a similar story. Whether you won the lottery, signed your first big contract or sold your fledgling company to Google or Yahoo for a bazillion bucks, you can bet you are going to meet cousins you never heard of and all of your siblings are going to forgive every misdeed of your childhood.
If you are a good soul, one of the first people you think of when you get your fortune is your dear ol’ mom. If you do not, you are probably some sort of sick, selfish, petty little person plaguing the world with yourself.
Unless, of course, your mom is the kind that was more a mother and never much of a mom until you got rich. Or worse. She is a gold-digger, willing to threaten and harass you every minute until you cough up whatever amount she is trying to extort.
To hear Tyron Smith tell it, that is the kind of woman his momma is. She and the man she is married to apparently see their precious child as a cash cow.
All those hugs, smiles and tears we saw when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called Tyron’s name, unfortunately, were not accompanied by thought bubbles. If they had been, we might have seen this coming.
Smith had to call 911 on his siblings and get a restraining order against his mom. He also suspects either his mother or the man she married of stealing around a million bucks from him.
Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the family wall come Christmas?
Hey! At least the Cowboys play on Thanksgiving, so Tyron won’t have to awkwardly turn down an invite to share turkey dinner with dear ol’ mom.