First, it was his stepfather’s Facebook Live rant. Then, it was reports of his mother’s September arrest at one of his games. Now, Jalen Hurd’s mother wants to personally get in on the social media ruckus of his transfer.
The Smothermans are clearly a Facebook family. No tweets here. Tara Smotherman, Jalen Hurd’s mom, chose to write her feelings, as opposed to her husband’s video. She posted the following on her Facebook page Tuesday:
“While it was not my choice for Jalen to leave Tennessee (and we were adamant about this), this is a decision that he put a lot of thought into and certainly did not take lightly. It is not my place to discuss his business and the reasons that he’s decided to transfer, but at the end of the day, he believed that it was best for everyone. People are mad, hurt and very upset, and I understand that. Yet, the reality is if you don’t know what he has been through or what he is going through now, then it is very easy to speculate & judge, make up lies & rumors, or heaven forbid, actually believe them.
Jalen has chosen a different path. We don’t always agree with our children’s decisions, but nevertheless, you love and support them through it all no matter what. Thank you to all of our family, friends and Vol supporters that were so kind to us today. We are so thankful and appreciative to the University of Tennessee, the coaching staff and the wonderful fans for all the love and support throughout the years. Many blessings and much success to you all.”
It’s no surprise Smotherman didn’t address the police report revealed today that detailed her arrest at the Sept. 24 Tennessee-Florida game. What does come as a bit of a surprise is her displeasure with Hurd’s decision to leave the Tennessee program. Whereas Arthur took to dissing the media, Tennessee and its fans, Tara took the opposite track.
Her vagueness, though, will almost certainly lead to rampant speculation. None of that will occur here, though. Go do it on your own internet lawn, you rascals.