OSU Recruit Tyreke Smith Explains Why He Wore This T-Shirt at Football Camp
Four-star defensive end Tyreke Smith recently attended Ohio State’s one-day camp on Saturday, and although he doesn’t have much to prove—as he has nearly 40 offers from programs such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Texas, UCLA and USC—he still showed up because he knew cameras would be on him.
Tyreke’s talent wasn’t the talk of the camp, however. Rather, it was the shirt he was wearing.
Tyreke Smith spoke with Eleven Warriors about why he wore his t-shirt.
“I decided to wear the shirt because I wanted to bring attention to the epidemic of blacks being killed at an alarming rate,” Smith said. “What we would like to do is have people talk about these issues to reduce the murder rate of African-Americans.”
“The shirt was created to bring light into the every day problems that blacks face between police and black-on-black crimes,” Tyreke’s older brother, Malik, said. “The shirt exemplifies a voice that we have, but may not be heard. So why not have people see it?”
He then spoke to Cleveland.com.
“My brother makes the shirts and with all the difficult things and adversity African Americans handle on a day to day basis,” Smith said. “It’s just a message to people. We have a target on our backs just because of our skin color.
“I felt I should wear it because I’m big on the African American culture and know the struggles that our race goes through. Whether people think that being black isn’t a task or not. Being the individual I am and the spotlight I have, I felt that people would get the message if I wore the shirt. Because if I’m being real, people are looking at me even when I don’t know and I knew they would see the shirt.”