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April 25, 2015 • By

Outrageous what Tyron Smith’s family expected of him financially according to ESPN.com. There is absolutely nothing wrong with helping your mother or family out if you make it big in any career; but Smiths’ family felt extremely entitled.  They expected him to care for their needs and wants and became greedy.  Tyon Smith did the best thing by cutting off his family so he and any future family he has could have a life, retirement savings and live well.  He doesn’t owe his family a thing.  Good for you Tyron Smith.  I applaud you for your courage and your efforts to show other up and coming ball players (and other parvenus) how to stop the money trains.Hublot and Tyron Smith

Financial requests overwhelm Smith

by Tim Keown, Senior writer, ESPN.com

HERE’S A CHALLENGE: Imagine what it feels like to be 21 years old, extremely successful, famously wealthy, wildly stressed and unbearably miserable. How, you might wonder, can all those conditions exist simultaneously?

Start here, with Cowboys All-Pro offensive tackle Tyron Smith, talking to his mother on the phone one day in 2012, his second year in the NFL, during a time of growing tension between him and his family over money issues.

“We’ve found a house,” Frankie Pinkney told her son. By this stage, wariness had become as intrinsic to Smith’s identity as his brown eyes and bookcase shoulders. Silently, he awaited details. He had agreed to purchase a home in Southern California for his mother and stepfather. They would live in it; he would own it as an investment. The agreed-upon budget was roughly $300,000, but over the course of the conversation, Frankie dropped the bomb. List price: more like $800,000.

Why Tyron Smith cut off family

On draft day in 2011, the newly minted Cowboy celebrated his good fortune with his mother, stepfather and sister. Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Smith, now 23, is sitting at a polished wood table in the conference room of his lawyer’s Dallas office. Surrounded by his girlfriend, financial adviser and lawyer, he fixes his eyes on a spot somewhere high on the floor-to-ceiling window. “Yeah, my parents wanted a house,” Smith says. “But it was way bigger than mine and cost way more than mine.”

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