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Clifton Smith accepts Dante Wesley's apology

Carolina Panthers defensive back Dante Wesley is suspended this week for a hit on Tampa Bay Buccaneers return man Clifton Smith that has been widely described as a cheap shot.

Smith, however, said on Thursday that there are no hard feelings after Wesley reached out and said he’s sorry.

He called me and apologized, which I appreciate,” Smith said, per PewterReport.com. “He said he was just trying to make a play.”

Wesley was ejected after he drilled Smith while the ball was in the air, and Smith suffered a concussion on the play. But Smith said he has not had any post-concussion symptoms and expects to play on Sunday against the Patriots in London.

Wesley is on the Panthers’ reserve-suspended list for the week, meaning he can’t practice or be with the team until after the Panthers’ game against the Bills on Sunday.

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5 Responses to “Clifton Smith accepts Dante Wesley's apology”
  1. Bearfan54 says: Oct 22, 2009 1:05 PM

    When you call someone to apologize, you don’t explain why you did it, you take full responsibility and man up. What an idiot.

  2. Guy Incognito says: Oct 22, 2009 3:40 PM

    “When you call someone to apologize, you don’t explain why you did it, you take full responsibility and man up. What an idiot.”
    If the apology was good enough for Clifton Smith it should be good enough for everyone else.

  3. pfinfl says: Oct 22, 2009 3:44 PM

    Dirtiest play I have ever seen.

  4. finsbooyah says: Oct 22, 2009 3:47 PM

    Class move by Wesley… Sometimes hits like that are not malicious, and although you wouldn’t be able to tell by watching the play, this one doesn’t seem like it was. Even Wesley’s reaction after the hit seems to indicate that he knew he did something wrong, and he looked kinda ashamed about it.

  5. coaltrain says: Oct 22, 2009 6:13 PM

    Classy act by accepting his apology Clifton.
    Good luck to you on Sunday and hope there is no lasting effects from the hit.

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