After Sunday’s win by the Panthers over the Rams, Carolina receiver Steve Smith made it clear that he wasn’t impressed by the efforts of St. Louis cornerback Janoris Jenkins to obtain information about Smith’s wife via Google.
Smith apparently has returned the favor, putting “Janoris Jenkins” into the search bar at the Internet’s top search tool.
“It sounds like he needs to wear some condoms,” Smith told WFNZ in Charlotte.
Smith also elaborated on his objection to trash talk that touches on family members.
“When I go against an opponent I talk,” Smith said, “but I’m not going to Google a guy’s wife’s name and try to find out little things. And it wasn’t just him, it was other guys on that defense that was saying it. . . . I would never walk up to a guy, first of all I really don’t know outside of watching him on video, and Google his wife’s name and her birthdate . . . in the name of sportsmanship or gamesmanship. . . . To me I take that as clear disrespect.”
We agree with Smith, and we hope that other players who have tried to take a page from the old John Randle playbook realize that, with Steve Smith, it’s going to backfire.