Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is donating $100,000 to help the survivors of the movie-theater shooting in Colorado pay for medical expenses.
Smith didn't know any of the victims of the July 20 shooting in Aurora, which left 12 people dead and 58 injured. But the news hit home because he says his oldest son Peyton was at a similar midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Returns" in Charlotte that same night.
Smith said the thought of losing one of his family members was frightening and was moved to do something to help.
"I can't imagine getting someone severely injured, one, and then, two, trying to figure out how to pay for it," Smith said after arriving for the start of the Panthers training camp.
Smith made the donation to the city of Aurora, which will distribute the funds to the victims.
Smith is involved in a number of charitable organizations across the country, many of which go unnoticed.
But he says he made the donation public by having his agent send out a ...