Steve Smith makes $100K pledge

Updated: July 26, 2012, 5:08 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said Thursday he will donate $100,000 to the victims in last week's mass shooting at a theater in Aurora, Colo.

The city will distribute Smith's donation to help victims cover their medical expenses.

"As a father and husband I cannot imagine the pain and suffering the victims are going through," a statement from Smith read on ProFootballtalk.com. "My family's hearts and prayers are extended to theirs, and I hope this contribution might assist in paying some of the medical bills that will help allow these families to move forward in this tragic circumstance."

The shooting, which occurred at a midnight premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises," killed 12 and left scores of others wounded.

"Hopefully, this helps a little bit," Smith said. "From one NFL city to another, God bless."