Cole and Savannah LaBrant are well-known family influencers. On their YouTube channel, The LaBrant Fam, they talk about their life as parents of two children (formerly known as Cole&Sav).
Some people know that Everleigh is not Cole’s child, although the couple married in 2017. Cole is Savannah’s first husband, but she had her daughter Everleigh with a man she used to date. Who is Tommy Smith, her ex-boyfriend? And what’s the matter with him lately?
Savannah has been very honest about her past on her YouTube channel. She has said that marrying Cole wasn’t easy. Savannah became pregnant with Everleigh when she was just 19 years old. That was before she became famous online and met the other influencer. She was in college at the time but dropped out to have her baby with Tommy Smith, who was her boyfriend at the time.
“I had a very bad relationship with her father,” Savannah said in a video titled “The Truth About Savannah’s Past.” “I got pregnant when I was 19, got out of a bad relationship before that, met her dad, got pregnant pretty quickly and it was just kind of bad, always fighting, always crazy… It was just a very, very toxic relationship. ”
People shared part of the family book Cole & Sav: Our Surprising Love Story, in which Savannah opened up about how bad her relationship with Everleigh’s birth father was. Tommy cheated on her more than once, both during her pregnancy with Everleigh and after her birth. She also said that overall the relationship was unhealthy.
She wrote, “I wasn’t a happy person.” “In the videos that Everleigh and I made on musical.ly, I acted happy, but I wasn’t really happy. My family saw how unhappy I was and my mother told me that she and her friends always prayed for me to leave him.
Savannah didn’t decide to leave Everleigh until he was three years old.
She said, “I just got sick of it and started to understand what I deserved.”
What happened to kill Tommy Smith?
Although Tommy and Savannah seemed to get along well as co-parents, everything changed when Tommy’s sister, Amber Smith, informed Savannah on September 13, 2022 that Tommy had died suddenly. At this point, Tommy’s family has not said what killed him.
Amber wrote in a heartbreaking Facebook post, “His love of living life to the fullest and his free spirit will be greatly missed.”
Courtney, who has been dating Tommy for a long time, also made a tribute post on Instagram. She wrote: “You were brought to Jesus without warning on September 22nd. As I write this, my heart is breaking into a thousand pieces.”
Courtney added: “I know you’re in heaven dancing and joking now. i love you so much tommy You will always have a special place in my heart.”
Savannah wrote a tribute to Tommy on Instagram. She said: “Our hearts are so heavy as we cope with the loss of Everleigh’s father Tommy. He loved Everleigh so much. As we go through this difficult time, we ask for privacy so our family can continue to love, pray for, and mourn with Ev. Your prayers for Everleigh are greatly appreciated.”
Early Years and Work
Tommie Smith was born on June 6, 1944 in Clarksville, Texas. He was the seventh child of Richard and Dora Smith’s twelve children. He had pneumonia as a child, but he still grew up to be a good athlete. Smith showed great promise while attending Lemoore High School in Lemoore, California. He set most of the school’s records for success, many of which still stand. He won the 440-yard dash at the 1963 CIF California State Meet. He was voted Lemoore’s “Most Valuable Athlete” in basketball, soccer and track. He was also elected vice president of his senior class. His achievements earned him a scholarship to San José State University.
On May 7, 1966, while a student at San Jose State University, Smith ran the 200-meter straight in 19.5 seconds on a dirt track. On May 16, 2010, Tyson Gay broke that record for the 200m, but Smith still holds the record for the slightly longer 220-yard event. Since the IAAF has stopped recognizing records for this event, Smith will always hold the record for the 200m/220 yards straight.
A few weeks later, on June 11, 1966, Smith became the first person to run 200 meters and 220 yards around a corner in 20 seconds. Six days later, he won the NCAA men’s track and field championship. In 1967, Smith also won the 220-yard (201.17 m) and AAU furlong (201.17 m) national collegiate titles. He went to Japan for the 1967 Summer Universiade and won the gold medal in the 200m. In 1968 he won the AAU 200m title for a second time and made the Olympic team.
The 1968 Summer Olympics
Before the Olympics, People in the US At the Olympic Trials in Echo Summit, California, Smith’s teammate John Carlos ran 19.92 A to beat Smith and his world record. John Carlos’ record was taken away for wearing brush spike shoes. Vince Matthews’ 400m record was also taken away for the same reason.
As a member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR), Smith wanted to boycott the 1968 Mexico City Olympics unless four things happened: South Africa and Rhodesia were kicked out of the Olympics, Muhammad Ali’s world heavyweight boxing title was restored, Avery Brundage resigned as President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and more African-American assistant coaches were hired. After the IOC withdrew invitations for South Africa and Rhodesia, the boycott didn’t get enough support, so he and Carlos decided not only to wear their gloves, but also to go barefoot to protest poverty, wear beads to protest against to protest lynching, and to wear OPHR buttons.
Smith ran the 200-meter final at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico with a groin injury. During the race, Carlos took the lead at the first corner while Smith got off to a slow start. After the corner, Smith sped past Carlos and quickly won the race. He had overtaken his training partner and closest competitor, so he knew he had won. Ten meters from the finish line, he raised his arms to celebrate. Despite this, he beat his own world record, which lasted until Pietro Mennea beat him 11 years later on the same track. Smith’s time of 19.83 was one of the first world records for the event to be automatically timed and recorded by the IAAF.
Carlos and Smith’s black-gloved fist raised at the medal ceremony made headlines around the world. Both athletes stood on the podium with bare feet and black socks to show how poor African Americans are in the United States. Peter Norman, an Australian athlete who won a silver medal and was white, took part in the protest by wearing an OPHR badge.
IOC President Avery Brundage felt it was a domestic political statement that was not part of the Olympics, which should be a non-political international event. Because of what they were doing, he told Smith and Carlos to leave the US team and not return to the Olympic Village. When the US Olympic Committee said no, Brundage said the entire US track and field team would be suspended. The two athletes were kicked out of the games because of this threat.
An IOC spokesman said what Smith and Carlos did was “a willful and violent violation of the fundamental principles of the Olympic spirit”. When he was President of USOC in 1936, Brundage said nothing about Hitler salutes at the Berlin Olympics. He said that the Nazi salute, which was then a national salute, is fine in a competition between countries, but the athlete’s salute is not from one country and therefore not fine.
Smith and Carlos got into trouble for challenging white authority in the United States. Ralph Boston, a black US long jumper at the 1968 games, said: “The rest of the world didn’t seem to find it that offensive. They found it very positive. Only America thought it was bad.” The men’s gesture had a lasting impact on all three athletes, with death threats against Smith, Carlos and their families being the most serious. After being banned by the IOC, they struggled to make money.
Smith said in later years, “We worried about how few black assistant coaches there were, how Muhammad Ali’s title was being taken away, how difficult it was to find good housing, and how our kids weren’t going to the best colleges could.”
Tommie Smith in Stockholm, 1966
During his career, Smith set seven individual world records and was on several San Jose State relay teams that set world records. His trainer there was Lloyd (Bud) Winter. Smith still tops the world all-time lists with personal records of 10.1 for 100 meters, 19.83 for 200 meters, and 44.5 for 400 meters.
Smith was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams from the National Football League in the ninth round of the 1967 NFL Draft. He then signed with the Cincinnati Bengals of the American Football League and played most of the team’s three seasons as a wide receiver. He played in two games during the 1969 season and caught a pass for 41 yards.
Smith received his BA in social sciences from San Jose State University a year after winning the Olympics. He then went on to do his Masters in Social Change at Goddard College, where he was able to use his teaching and writing skills in his coursework.
He ran track and field and played soccer, and in 1978 he was inducted into the United States National Track and Field Hall of Fame. In 1996, Smith was inducted into the California Black Sports Hall of Fame. In 1999 he received the Sportsman of the Millennium Award from the same group. In 2000 and 2001, Los Angeles County and the State of Texas presented Smith with Commendation, Recognition, and Proclamation awards.
He later became a track and field coach at Oberlin College in Ohio, where he also taught sociology. From 2003 to 2005 he was on the faculty of Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California, where he taught physical education.
Temple University Press published Smith’s autobiography Silent Gesture in 2007. In August 2008, he gave one of his shoes from the 1968 Olympics to Usain Bolt of Jamaica, who won three gold medals at the 2008 Olympics.
Smith sold his gold medal and spikes at auction in 2010. The initial bid was $250,000 and the sale was scheduled to end on November 4, 2010. In 2013, Goddard College presented Smith with the Presidential Award for Activism in thanks for his work there.