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August 01, 2008

Fox says little about fight

Coach John Fox had little to say about the fight between Steve Smith and Ken Lucas and wouldn't speculate on any disciplinary action.

Fox spoke to the meeting after having a longer-than-usual post-meeting practice with the team on the practice field. Neither Smith nor Lucas were there. Lucas was carted off the field holding an ice pack on the side of his face, over his left eye. Smith eventually walked off the field with general manager Marty Hurney before the end of practice.

"We had an altercation that will be dealt with internally," Fox told reporters.

When asked if Smith would be able to practice in the next several days, Fox said: "We haven't really had much time to talk about it, but it will be dealt with internally."

Fox said he was disappointed by the incident.

"Anytime something like that happens, you're obviously disappointed," he said. "It's part of football and you deal with it."

Fox wouldn't discuss what caused the incident.

Smith and Lucas have a history of practice-field arguments, but none has been known to escalate to the level of the one Friday.

Based on still photographs taken by the Observer, several players surrounded Smith and Lucas after the fight broke out. Director of pro scouting Mark Koncz tried to pull Lucas away, but was unable to do so and the fight continued.

Fox and quarterback Jake Delhomme were at the scene, but did not appear to get physically involved.

Smith was eventually pulled away by linebacker Jon Beason and quarterbacks coach Mike McCoy. Beason pulled Smith backward from behind while McCoy positioned himself in front of Smith.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on August 1, 2008 at 11:24 AM | Permalink


Charles I have to give you credit when credit is due..You have been all over anything that has been going on with the Panthers since the start of training camp. I appreciate all the work from you and David.

Posted by: JV | Aug 1, 2008 11:36:54 AM

I thought Steve Smith had this temper thing under control

Posted by: matt | Aug 1, 2008 11:40:00 AM

WRs and DBs are known to go at it from time to time. Smitty, as we all know, is a big trash talker and so is Lucas. I'm sure some words were exchanged that got one of them fired up and the other was obviously no going to back down. We don't need fights but sometimes they do happen. I think this will blow over in a day. I agree with someone on the last post, Smith must have one hell of a jab.

Posted by: Mason | Aug 1, 2008 11:47:55 AM

for a team that wants to get back into superbowl contention im suprised that so few stepped in to prevent the escalation of the arguement. hopefully ken isnt hurt.

Posted by: Rob | Aug 1, 2008 11:50:05 AM

Last time Smith did this, he faced legal action and a suspension. Now I know there will be no charges, but he could be suspended.

Posted by: matt | Aug 1, 2008 11:50:50 AM

I just heard a new report that Smith walked out of training camp. Anybody hear anything else?

Posted by: JV | Aug 1, 2008 12:54:56 PM

Everyone assumes that since it appears that Smith won the fight it was his fault or he ignitiated it. Lucas could be the one who started it and now is being put on the backburner because he is the one who ended up needing a ice pack.

Posted by: Keith | Aug 1, 2008 6:27:52 PM

I am a big steve smith fan but oh man this was bad. I hope the team will let Smith play ,but have his salary go to lucas for 2 games. big payday of lucas

Posted by: david | Aug 1, 2008 8:23:31 PM

On a different note, it's nice to see another example of how the pen is mightier than the sword...


For those of you who got vocal about the billboards and the lousy adds, THANK YOU! It's nice to see that corporate America can be somewhat tamed with threats of boycotting. Hopefully, they will do something about the adds as well.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Aug 1, 2008 11:32:20 PM

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