By Sid Saraf, FOXSports.com
You don’t mess with Steve Smith.
The Panthers receiver pulled down his 800th career reception on Sunday, a 19-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Of course, he did a dance in the end zone … but look closer. What was the meaning behind his celebration?
As it turns out, Smith had been battling Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins all game long. The fight had apparently become quite personal. Smith explained what happened in his postgame press conference, which we present to you here. Questions are in italics, Smith’s answers are in bold. (H/T to the Charlotte Observer) You can also listen to his comments right HERE.
Take us through the touchdown, looks like you made some guys missed. “I’ll let Janoris Jenkins go over it on film on Monday.”
Did you point to him? “Yes, I directly pointed to him.”
Did you think you’d get a taunting penalty? “Don’t give a damn.”
What was the dance you did? “Well he thinks he’s Deion (Sanders). He’s not.”
To get your 800th catch against him… “He’s just another notch on the bedpost. That’s 800. He ain’t no different.”
For your 800th to be a touchdown, what’s that mean to you? “Just another dude.”
Did you have any run-ins with him before? “No. What I don’t like is a young guy, comes in, obviously his first time ever using the internet and Google, and he Googles information about me, talks about my wife and stuff like that. That’s kind of some of the (B.S). I just don’t play with.”
What specifically was he saying? “That’s all I’m going to say. I don’t play them games. When you try to take it personal like that, I don’t have any great humbling things to say. So he can take his (butt) back to St. Louis and watch the (expletive) film because I don’t play them games. And if I see him in the streets I’m going to bust him in his (expletive) mouth.
On your touchdown celebration, was that a little bit extra? “When you embarrass people you rub it in their face. When your dog (urinates) on the carpet, you rub it in his face.”
By the way, when Smith says he’ll punch Jenkins in the mouth, he’s serious. This is the same guy who has raised hell with his own teammates. In 2002 he fought receiver Guilian Gary, then broke Anthony Bright’s nose later that year. In 2007, he broke teammate Ken Lucas’ nose during training camp.
Let me repeat: All three of those guys were Smith’s teammates.
Like I said, you don’t mess with Steve Smith.
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