NFL Linebacker Calls Out Players Who Charge Kids For Football Camps

“That’s wrong. You’re not giving back to the community. You’re taking from the community.”

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith isn’t mincing any words when it comes to his NFL peers who are using young fans to make a quick buck. In this Instagram video posted last week, he calls any players who charge kids to attend their off-season camps “suckers.”

“Y’all, suckers, bro,” Telvin says in the video. “That ain’t even cool on any level.”

Smith hosted his first camp last year at his old high school in Georgia, but he didn’t charge kids to attend.

Smith’s Instagram account is locked, but the original video rant has been reposted via the account below.

He later elaborated to ESPN on the matter:

I keep saying robbing these kids because I feel that’s what we’re doing,” said Smith. “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.

Critics would argue that, as of June 2016, the average NFL career is 3.3 years, while the average contract is about $2 million per year. Players try to augment those earnings with endorsements and other opportunities, such as camps. Smith remains steadfast that these camps are a public service, not a profit center. Anyone claiming to conduct these paid camps in the public interest is rationalizing, he says.

“That’s wrong. You’re not giving back to the community. You’re taking from the community,” he says.

Currently, most camps charge children for attendance, though many divert some or all of the proceeds to charities.


Between Alexa, Siri, and Google, artificial intelligence is quickly changing us and the way we live. We no longer have to get up to turn on the lights or set the thermostat, we can find the fastest route to work with a click, and, most importantly, tag our friends in pictures. But interacting with the world isn't the only thing AI is making easier – now we can use it save the world, too.

Keep Reading Show less
Good News

An anonymous White House official claims President Trump cruelly limited Hispanic immigrants in their new book, "A Warning."

The book, to be released on November 19, gives an alleged insider account of the Trump White House and paints a picture of the president as a chaotic man who lacks the mental and moral acumen required for the job.

The anonymous staffer says that Trump once feigned a Hispanic accent and made fun of women attempting to immigrate to the U.S.

Keep Reading Show less
via KTVU / YouTube

The 63-year-old Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, currently branded the RingCentral Coliseum, is one of the most decrepit sports venues in America.

The home to the the NFL's Oakland Raiders (until they move to Las Vegas next season) and MLB's A's, is notoriously known as the Black Hole and has made headlines for its frequent flooding and sewage issues.

One of the stadium's few positive aspects is its connection to public transportation.

Keep Reading Show less
Hero Video
Yad Vashem

Since 1992, the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous has been holding reunion ceremonies between Holocaust survivors and rescuers once a year. But the tradition is coming to an end, as many have died or are too frail to travel. What might be the last reunion of its kind took place when a 92-year-old woman met up with the two surviving family members that she helped hide during the Holocaust, and their descendants.

Sarah Yanai and Yossi Mor introduced Melpomeni Dina (nee Gianopoulou) to their almost 40 family members, all decedents of the Mordechai family, the family of seven that Dina and her two sisters hid during WWII. "There are no words to describe this feeling," Dina told the Jeruselum Post. "It is very emotional for us to be together again."

Keep Reading Show less
via Facebook / Autumn Dayss

Facebook user and cosplayer Autumn Dayss has stirred up a bit of Halloween controversy with her last-minute costume, an anti-Vaxx mother.

An image she posted to the social network shows a smiling Dayss wearing a baby carrier featuring a small skeleton. "Going to a costume party tonight as Karen and her non-vaccinated child," the caption over the image reads.

Keep Reading Show less