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Evidence mounts that Steve Smith broke his arm playing adult flag football

We reported on Monday that Panthers receiver Steve Smith broke his arm Sunday, while playing in the championship game of a Charlotte-area adult flag football league.

And while Smith’s camp has tried to create the impression that the injury occurred after he fell down while working his youth football camp, the evidence points to a conclusion that, indeed, he suffered the injury while playing with grown ups.

For starters, it’s established that Smith’s camp took place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  The Associated Press reports unequivocally that the injury happened on Sunday.

Also, we reported that current Panthers receiver Kenny Moore and former Panthers quarterback Josh McCown also played in the league.  McCown told the Charlotte Observer that he played with Smith in an adult flag football league, but that McCown wasn’t with Smith on Sunday.  McCown explained that he had gone in the past “grudgingly” at the invitation of Smith, and McCown said he “felt bad” playing against weekend warriors.

Tom Sorensen of the Observer leaves no doubt:  “As it was explained to me, [Smith] was playing in a flag football game Sunday
at the Siskey YMCA.”

The Panthers didn’t return a call from the Associated Press (they didn’t return our call, either), but they issued the following statement from G.M. Marty Hurney:  “Steve talked to me and he feels terrible about it.  Now
his focus is on rehabilitating process and getting back as quickly as he
can.”

That’s fine, but it’s the latest in a series of boneheaded moves by a player who has been far too reckless for his own good.  Though not on par with sucker punching a teammate (twice), Smith should know by age 31 that he has no business risking injury while playing flag football with other adults.

And so he technically has breached his contract.  The question is whether the Panthers will do anything about it.  Given that the head coach is a lame duck and the G.M. has yet to sign an extension to a contract that expires this month, look for the powers-that-be to look the other way.

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36 Responses to “Evidence mounts that Steve Smith broke his arm playing adult flag football”
  1. ozzie41 says: Jun 22, 2010 1:03 AM

    If the powers that be choose to look the other way that is their decision to make. Why get your panties on backwards about all the teams that make decisions about their players? You sound like the fat kid that always got picked last.

  2. Hugh says: Jun 22, 2010 1:05 AM

    I knew you couldn’t resist the “sucker punch” comment in an article about S. Smith.
    Stay classy Florio.
    Hey, at least he didn’t say he broke it when he slipped on a McDonalds bag.

  3. stadanko says: Jun 22, 2010 1:08 AM

    It was the left arm so we won’t be seeing the jab in training camp. He’s gonna have to rely heavily on the right hook but we all know that’s Clausen’s biggest weakness.
    They’ll be fine. They still got Williams and Stewart to run the ball. It’s not like this is a passing league or anything.

  4. DarthPirate says: Jun 22, 2010 1:34 AM

    I heard the “weekend warriors” felt bad playing against Josh McCown.

  5. ItalianStallion says: Jun 22, 2010 2:11 AM

    He should be more focused on winning a superbowl that winning some recreational flag championship against non-pro athletes.

  6. AbeFreshly says: Jun 22, 2010 2:32 AM

    “…and McCown said he ‘felt bad’ playing against weekend warriors.”
    He feels bad because he STILL can’t hit Jerry Porter open deep to avoid overtime against weekend warriors.
    How can McClown still be aroun’?

  7. timegambit says: Jun 22, 2010 2:37 AM

    Note to self:
    NEVER join a Charlotte area flag football league.
    How in the hell is the UFL supposed to work when there’s a flag football league out there with more talent?

  8. Matt Cribbin says: Jun 22, 2010 3:50 AM

    Geeze what league are these other adults in that they get to play against Steve Smith and other NFL players? Quite the league.

  9. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jun 22, 2010 6:23 AM

    Note to Florio:
    You ain’t the powers that be, so I guess you won’t be lookin’ the other way will ya?

  10. Delhommed says: Jun 22, 2010 7:06 AM

    Why are you guys so tough on Steve? “it’s the latest in a series of boneheaded moves by a player who has been far too reckless for his own good” kind of sounds like you are talking about a certain Pacman Jones. Let me guess, he didn’t sign your baseball or something and now your panties are all bunched up because of him.

  11. benniehifive says: Jun 22, 2010 7:16 AM

    what kind of jerk do you have to be to play in an adult flag football league when you also play in a professional football league? maybe this was the only way he was going to win a championship though….

  12. Delhommed says: Jun 22, 2010 7:20 AM

    Big news flash! Didn’t the Panthers website confirm yesterday that he broke his arm playing FLAG FOOTBALL?

  13. SteveoStyle says: Jun 22, 2010 7:21 AM

    Where’s the evidence, because a newspaper said he broke it playing flag football?

  14. texline says: Jun 22, 2010 7:41 AM

    Apparently the other players in the flag league are not a bunch of pansies. I.E., his broken arm.

  15. screaming sheep says: Jun 22, 2010 7:45 AM

    He will still knock your ass out with the other hand Mike.
    Guess he should have drove drunk and hit someone after assaulting a female in a bathroom of a bar just hours after beating his wife for letting his dogs loose to attach a child. Then you would really have something to write about.

  16. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Jun 22, 2010 7:50 AM

    “what kind of jerk do you have to be to play in an adult flag football league when you also play in a professional football league?”
    Maybe Steve Smith actually likes playing football? If I played in the NFL, I’d probably play in some flag leagues in the offseason too. Football is fun. For some in the NFL, it’s less fun because of the structure, the contracts, the business of the game. So Smith and some other pros play in a flag league where they can run around like kids playing the game. They can play offense and defense like they did in highschool. They can enjoy the purity of the game.
    Personally, I’d love to play in a league where a few pros showed up.
    “We lost in the championship because I got beat deep”
    “Man, that sucks”
    “Not really, I mean, it was Steve Smith. What could I do?”

  17. Chapnasty2 says: Jun 22, 2010 8:03 AM

    Darth said it already but it warrants a 3rd, 4th and even 5th mentioning: I would feel bad playing against McCown as well. Hell, I think we all would.

  18. PirateFreedom says: Jun 22, 2010 8:13 AM

    hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: June 22, 2010 7:50 AM
    “We lost in the championship because I got beat deep”
    “Man, that sucks”
    “Not really, I mean, it was Steve Smith. What could I do?”
    “break his arm”

  19. BaltimoreSports says: Jun 22, 2010 8:13 AM

    It sounds more like a freak accident than anything else. This guy was just having some fun off-season. I don’t think players should have to live sheltered lives.
    It’s not like the guy was riding a motorcycle without a helmet.

  20. Hugh says: Jun 22, 2010 8:42 AM

    Obviously, Florio is still pissed that Steve Smith made him his bitch when he called him out on his so called “source” a couple of months ago.
    Get over it Florio. Holding a grudge against Steve Smith for making you his bitch only makes you look like, well, a bigger bitch.

  21. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Jun 22, 2010 9:17 AM

    @PirateFreedom
    Haha, very nice.

  22. jibfest says: Jun 22, 2010 9:22 AM

    Steve Smith is a complete tool for playing in this league, plus he should forfeit his salary for as long as he is out.

  23. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Jun 22, 2010 9:33 AM

    pity the poor bastard that gets clocked by smith while he still has his cast on.

  24. geek says: Jun 22, 2010 9:41 AM

    Come on, get of the guy’s case. He was playing FLAG FOOTBALL. Sure, people can get physical sometimes, but the risk of injury is as low as just working out to stay in shape during the off-season. It’s not like he was riding around on a motorcycle without a helmet, or drinking and driving.
    So, for all you who would ask why the guy is playing flag football during the off-season? Is it possible he actually loves playing the game so much that he’d do it for free if that was the only way to play? How refreshing would that be? Sure, at first glance it seems like ego to want to go and blow away all the weekend warriors. Still, if it’s the only way he can play the game he loves during the off season, why not?

  25. giantcatfanhouse says: Jun 22, 2010 9:49 AM

    Mike makes it sound like he had a gun in his waistband, (and not a flag) and shot himself in the leg, in a club, in the middle of the night.
    He broke his arm, on a field, on Father’s Day, in broad daylight. Only thing in his waistband was a flag.
    He “shot himself in the foot”, cause his contract said he shouldn’t be doing that.
    But reading this post from Mike, he makes it sound like Smith should be sharing a cell with Burress.

  26. RED GRANGE says: Jun 22, 2010 9:51 AM

    He will still kick your ass, watch yourself.

  27. sven_ftw says: Jun 22, 2010 10:09 AM

    i think it’s sad that it happened during something that softcore.
    moment i heard the story, robert edwards came to mind. talk about a tragic story. guy had a pretty decent career ahead of him.

  28. NinersRule! says: Jun 22, 2010 10:23 AM

    Everybody already knows that he did it playing flag football. Give it a rest Florio

  29. vanhelsing says: Jun 22, 2010 11:31 AM

    actually, per other lions, mccown was the best athlete on the lions.
    and he isnt the pantywaist who got his arm broke.

  30. SnarkAttack111 says: Jun 22, 2010 12:04 PM

    Yes, Florio, we know Steve Smith punched out Ken Lucas. Can we now stop making references to it every time he’s mentioned in an article. I understand that he nearly made you pi$$ yourself on WFNZ, but seriously, get off it. It was 2 years ago…..

  31. robert ethen says: Jun 22, 2010 12:05 PM

    “X” marks the spot, Mike!

  32. Captain Common Sense says: Jun 22, 2010 1:20 PM

    First off, other than the contract thing, I dont see anything wrong with him playing in a community flag football league. He was the quarterback. It’s not like he was running routes burning accountants on the deep ball, then sword fighting in the endzone to rub it in. The same people who are calling him a jerk for playing in a community league are probably the ones who said he was a jerk for not being involved in the community.
    Florio, you want so bad to catch Smith with something ever since he made you look like a bitch. I respected you before that incident by the way. Yes I come here and read the Panther articles, but not because I enjoy your stabs at the same joke over and over. It’s because I like reading the comments people make to counter your retarded rants.

  33. Pantherfan10 says: Jun 22, 2010 3:30 PM

    benniehifive says:
    June 22, 2010 7:16 AM
    what kind of jerk do you have to be to play in an adult flag football league when you also play in a professional football league? maybe this was the only way he was going to win a championship though….
    ==============
    Probably the type of jerk that enjoys playing the game if he’s being paid or not…
    Those are the worst kind of jerks because they make the ones who want to get paid for doing nothing look bad…

  34. Seabrawk says: Jun 22, 2010 4:59 PM

    While this IS a shameless plug, we are so small time, it shouldn’t matter…
    I help run the Turf Burn Sports league in Charlotte, and I am just hoping in some way this correlates to more people signing up?
    I mean, just think, you could play football against pros!
    (Yeah right)

  35. Outcast says: Jun 22, 2010 5:37 PM

    Does anyone remember Florio losing his mind over Tony Romo playing hoops and indoor soccer during the offseason? I could be wrong, but Florio seems more interested in who Romo is bangin’ than whether or not he’s doing something that is restricted in his contract.
    Another of Florio’s crushes, Jared Allen, has two DUIs and got caught on tape trying get into a fight at a nightclub.
    Florio, you’re taking your fear of Steve Smith personally. Not good for a so-called “journalist.”

  36. Pantherfan10 says: Jun 22, 2010 7:48 PM

    Outcast says:
    June 22, 2010 5:37 PM
    Does anyone remember Florio losing his mind over Tony Romo playing hoops and indoor soccer during the offseason? I could be wrong, but Florio seems more interested in who Romo is bangin’ than whether or not he’s doing something that is restricted in his contract.
    Another of Florio’s crushes, Jared Allen, has two DUIs and got caught on tape trying get into a fight at a nightclub.
    Florio, you’re taking your fear of Steve Smith personally. Not good for a so-called “journalist.”
    ============
    Lawyers only think in terms of money, are you supprised?

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