Tyron Smith, the 22-year-old left tackle of the Dallas Cowboys, wants everyone to know the curse of the instant millionaire is legitimate.
Smith, who left Southern California as a junior and was a top 10 draft pick in 2011, was allegedly threatened by his mother and stepfather, who also threatened the life of Smith's girlfriend. His attorney alleged Smith's family took at least $1 million from the second-year pro, who last year was forced to call 911 when siblings came to his suburban Dallas home seeking "financial gain" according to a police incident report.
"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 told the Dallas Morning News. "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 said the arrangement called for him to pay four installments to his parents after being drafted. But they were never satisfied.
"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?'"
Smith said for now he's interested only in having distance from his family until reconciliation makes sense.
"The takeaway from this is don't let people take advantage of you. And it's all right to say no to certain people," Smith said.