Wide receiver Steve Smith once gained notoriety for punching Panthers cornerback Ken Lucas when the two men were teammates, but he’s now set his sights on a cornerback from an opposing team.
Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports that Smith was furious at Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins after the Panthers’ 30-15 victory on Sunday. Per Jones, Smith accused Jenkins of talking trash about Smith’s family during the game and Smith said that he would punch Jenkins in the mouth if they should ever cross paths on the streets.
Smith’s words come after a day filled with hard feelings between the two teams. Rams defensive end Chris Long was ejected for throwing a punch during one skirmish involving Smith and the veteran receiver went at with Jenkins all day. As always, Smith gave as good as he got and seemed to get in the heads of several Rams over the course of the proceedings.
The Rams wound up taking the brunt of the personal fouls when the two sides would square off. That did them no favors on the scoreboard, which wasn’t enough for Smith to let the animosities end at the final whistle.