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Former WVU star safety Tykee Smith sued by Dark Knight LLC, owners of Chateau Royale, over $7,941 in rent, fees

MORGANTOWN — A real estate company claims Tykee Smith, the All-American former WVU football player who transferred to Georgia, owes it almost $8,000.

Dark Knight LLC, which owns Chateau Royale, sued Smith in Monongalia County Magistrate Court on June 3. According to the civil complaint, Smith “owes rent, late fees, yearly garbage.” It seeks $7,941 plus court costs.

An attempt to serve Smith on June 11 was unsuccessful. The civil complaint gives Smith’s address as an apartment on Valley View Avenue.

On July 20, it was ordered a legal notice would be published. That notice ran in The Dominion Post on July 23. It states Smith has until Aug. 8 to submit a response to Magistrate Sandy Holepit or default judgment will be taken against him.

Smith started the last two seasons for the Mountaineers at spur safety. He started nine games in 2020, finishing with 61 tackles and eight for loss, along with two interceptions, earning All-America honors.

Smith did not play in the Liberty Bowl win over Army, and after, head coach Neal Brown said Smith was in an accident and did not practice leading up to the game.

In March, just as spring football was set to begin, Smith announced he was leaving WVU to enter the transfer portal, ultimately deciding to transfer to Georgia.

He is considered one of the top defensive backs in the nation and will likely be a high NFL draft pick if he decides to declare after this season.

The Dominion Post’s Will Dean contributed to this report.

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