Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said during training camp that he’s going after Giants safety Michael Johnson, who injured Smith in Week Sixteen last year.
Now Smith says he’s sorry for that.
“What I said in the summer was shallow, ignorant, immature and really no need,” Smith said. “I don’t need to be that way and I’m not going to be that way to my opponents anymore.”
Smith did fall back on the frequent athlete excuse of saying his comments were “kind of taken out of context,” but he seems to admit that he crossed the line by suggesting that he would seek revenge on the field.
Smith and Johnson will cross paths again on Sunday when the Panthers visit the Giants.