FSU Alums: Fans react to Telvin Smith arrest in Jacksonville

Former FSU linebacker and national champion Telvin Smith continues to go in the wrong direction. Fans react to his arrest in Jacksonville, Florida, on Wednesday evening.

Former FSU football and Jacksonville Jaguar linebacker Telvin Smith was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida, Wednesday evening on a charge of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors.

There are no details on the case at the moment other than that explanation of the charge.

It’s the second run-in with the law for Smith who had police at his home in late November where they towed away his SUV from the residence, but he wasn’t arrested.

Before that incident, Smith announced in April 2019 that he would be sitting out the 2019 NFL season while being very vague regarding his reasoning.

His reasoning centered around getting his life together, but apparently he hasn’t been able to accomplish that.

FSU football fans have always rooted for Smith but the news of the arrest hurt them to the core, especially the charge in and of itself.

Fan Reaction

Thoughts

It’s a sad situation for one of FSU’s most beloved players from the 2013 National Championship team. He was a huge part of the leadership on that defense and fittingly made the final tackle of the game against Auburn to seal the win.

He went on to be drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Jaguars, making the Pro Bowl in 2017 and being named Second-Team All-Pro the same season. He was also named one of the Top 100 Players in the NFL.

However, he decided to step away after the 2018 season that saw him notch a career-high in tackles (134), two interceptions, a sack, two pass deflections, and a touchdown.

Of course, we believe in innocent until proven guilty, but the perception of being arrested on the charge is hard to reverse even if proven innocent and we hope that’s what happens.

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Here’s to hoping Telvin Smith is innocent and can get his life together.

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