Jaguars' Telvin Smith Lashes Out at Players Who Charge for Youth Camps

Zac Wassink@https://twitter.com/ZacWassinkFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2017

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith doesn't charge fees for his youth football camps, and he recently lashed out at players who do. 

In a post he shared on his Instagram page Wednesday, the 26-year-old didn't hold back when speaking on the matter: "Y'all suckers," Smith said about players who charge camp fees. "That ain't even cool."

Smith continued: "We are losing what made us who we are, what got us to this level.

"Just remember where you come from. ... Remember when you were that same little kid wanting to go to a camp and see these big-time athletes, and they were charging, and you couldn't. It ain't right.

"Y'all suckers for that." 

Smith also spoke with ESPN's Michael DiRocco about a subject he's clearly passionate about: 

I keep saying robbing these kids because I feel that's what we're doing. We're in the NFL. We're in a multibillion corporation. You can write that off on your taxes, but you're charging these kids? There's no part of it that's right.

Your heart's not in the right direction when you're doing that.

Per DiRocco, Smith was specifically referring to "camps that usually last three to four hours" in his video. The linebacker also explained NFL players are able to obtain grants and help from sponsors to cover costs for camps meant to improve the skills of younger players. 

He continued:

I had to buy extra shirts. But I'm willing to do that because we're buying these designer clothes and cars and jewelry and then you can't give $600 or $2,000 extra out of your pocket to make sure a couple extra kids come to your camp? I'm going to make sure I've got that.



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