Telvin Smith Sr. is a former American football linebacker that was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State. Telvin was arrested on Wednesday 29 April 2020 and charged with unlawful sexual activity with certain minors, as reported by ESPN’s Michael DiRocco.
Telvin Smith Biography
Telvin Smith was born in Valdosta Georgia. He was born on April 11, 1991, and he is currently 29 years of age.
Telvin Smith Education
Smith attended Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia. While still at school he played football and ran track. In football, he registered 84 tackles and two interceptions as a senior for the Vikings. As a junior, he recorded 97 tackles, including 16 for loss and two interceptions, helping his team win the state AAAAA championship. Smith also participated in track & field events where he competed in sprints and relays for the Vikings in 2009. At the Region 1AAAAA meet, he placed 5th in the 400-meter dash event, recording a personal-best time of 51.00 seconds, and ran a leg on the Lowndes 4×100 m (42.50 seconds) and 4 x 400m (3:25.05 minutes) relay squads.
Telvin Smith also attended Florida State University from 2010 to 2013.
Telvin Smith Career
Telvin Smith began his collegiate career at Florida State University where as a true freshman in 2010, he played in all 14 games, recording 18 tackles and 1.5 sacks. As a sophomore, he played in 12 games with one start. He had 42 tackles with three sacks and one interception. As a junior in 2012, he played in all 14 games, recording 64 tackles and one sack. After three years as a backup, he took over as a starter in 2013. He led the Seminole’s defense with 75 tackles, 9.5 tackles for losses, and three interceptions, two that he returned for a touchdown. He was named first-team All-ACC.
Telvin Smith Jaguars LB
Smith began his professional career on January 21, 2014, when it was announced that Smith would play in the 2014 Senior Bowl as part of Jacksonville Jaguar’s head coach Gus Bradley’s South team. During his tenure with the Jaguars, Smith played in 76 games, recorded 586 tackles and had nine interceptions. During the upcoming 2019-2020 season, the linebacker announced he was stepping away from the game and it came as a complete surprise to the Jaguars staff as he was reportedly set to make $9.75 million. He announced the news via his Instagram page, on May 19 when he wrote:
It was said to me from a great coach, that in order for the man to be his best, he must get his world in order. At this time I must take time away from this game & get my world in order. I must give this time back to myself, my family, & my health. I appreciate all the support I will & will not get. I just ask y’all respect my decision to not play football this season. I know the rumors of trade talk came about, but I started my career in Jacksonville & the day I do decided [sic] to call it quits it will be right here in Duval. I love y’all & even in my time off it’s #10toesdwn ya feel me!!! Love!
From Jaguars Telvin Smith’s Instagram account. I’m told it is in fact his account. It states he will not play football this season. pic.twitter.com/JXaroE0tOF
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) May 9, 2019
The Jaguars then released a statement in response to his update and said: “We will not have a comment about Telvin Smith’s statement at this time. We need to have a conversation with Telvin to understand the situation and the circumstances. If there is a way we can support him we need to understand that.” According to NFL.com The team then placed Smith on the team’s reserve/retired list in July 2019. The defender had previously taken a brief leave of absence from the NFL in 2016 after his brother, Brian Keith Moore, was shot and killed in Valdosta, Georgia. Three days later Smith’s girlfriend gave birth to a son.
According to Jacksonville.com Smith also has another child with a different woman, Angela Seymour. Court documents reveal that Smith recently went to court over child support claims. Jacksonville.com indicates that Smith had another child support battle in Lowndes County, Ga. The court said that if Smith failed to pay $10500 in child support and $8500 in attorney fees he could be arrested. He was also barred from visiting his children.
Telvin Smith Arrest
ESPN’s Michael DiRocco announced on Wednesday that Telvin Smith’s former linebacker with Jacksonville Jaguars was arrested and charged with unlawful sexual activity with certain minors.
Former Jaguars LB Telvin Smith has been arrested in Jacksonville and charged with unlawful sexual activity with certain minors, per the Duval County Jail website.
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) April 29, 2020
The jaguars also released a statement following his arrest and said: “The Jaguars are aware of the report involving former linebacker Telvin Smith. The club is unable to comment further on this ongoing investigation.”
Later, Michael DiRocco tweeted more information concerning Telvin Smith arrest: “More regarding former Jaguars LB Telvin Smith’s arrest: Per a law enforcement source, Smith is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl multiple times, both at his home and in his vehicle, last August and September.”
More regarding former Jaguars LB Telvin Smith's arrest: Per a law enforcement source, Smith is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl multiple times, both at his home and in his vehicle, last August and September. Full story: https://t.co/urxyTfeoUM
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) April 29, 2020
According to TMZ, back in November, officials had surrounded his home and according to police records it was because they received “information regarding a case of Unlawful Sexual Activity with Certain Minors.”
Former #Jaguars LB Telvin Smith was arrested and charged with unlawful sexual activity with certain minors, per @ESPNdirocco. Heavily armored SWAT team officers and undercover detectives were spotted at his home earlier today.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) April 29, 2020
News4Jax indicated that heavily armored SWAT team officers and undercover detectives were spotted in the afternoon at his home in Queen’s Harbour. Duval County Jail records indicated that he was booked at 5:20 p.m and arrested and he was held on a $ 50000 bond.