‘Stop going crazy’: Jaguars LB Telvin Smith responds to critics – The Florida Times-Union


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May 11, 2019 at 5:11 PM
May 11, 2019 at 5:11 PM

Saying “football ain’t everything,” Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith expressed displeasure on Instagram with reaction to his decision to sit out the 2019 season.

Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith is apparently unhappy with some of the reaction he has gotten since announcing his desire to sit out the coming season.

Continuing his preferred method of communication, Smith posted an Instagram video on Saturday to voice his frustration and challenge others to think bigger than football.

“Why is it so crazy I want to step away from the game?” Smith asked after he appeared to turn music down. “Y’all just chill. Everything’s solid. You feel me? Stop going crazy. It’s getting aggravating. You feel me? Football ain’t everything. Y’all better wake the f— up.”

Instagram is the avenue Smith has used to express his feelings of late. On Thursday, he posted a message that announced his decision to skip the 2019 season to focus on his health and family. Earlier in the week, he posted a video to dispel recent trade speculation.

“At this time I must take time away from this game & get my world in order,” Smith wrote in part of a lengthy message. “I must give this time back to myself, my family, & my health.”

Smith, 28, has not ruled out a future return to the NFL, and the Jaguars will retain his contractual rights unless they opt to trade or release him. For now, that seems unlikely. More plausible is Smith being placed on an exempt list, which would result in the Jaguars getting $9.75 million (Smith’s 2019 base salary had he played) in salary cap relief.

Although updates via Instagram have become common, Smith and coach Doug Marrone still had not spoken as of Friday. Regardless of whether a line of communication opens any time soon, Marrone said repeatedly that the Jaguars will continue to support Smith.

“I kind of put football to the side. I think for me, that is an afterthought right now in concern with Telvin,” Marrone said. “I really believe in my heart that Telvin knows that we are here to support him in any which way. Not just myself; the coaches, the organization (and) his teammates. I’m sure he is aware of that.”

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