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June 06, 2011

Steve Smith talks about skipping workouts

FORT MILL – Steve Smith has not attended any of the Panthers players' workouts this week or last.

But the disgruntled wideout showed up Monday to take batting practice with seven of his teammates before the Charlotte Knights' game against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Smith, who has indicated he wants to be traded after the lockout, said a health issue involving his wife, Angie, has prevented him from taking part in the informal workouts.

“Right now there's a lot of things on my plate with my wife and her health. My family needs me at home, and that's the most important thing,” said Smith, whose wife and three children accompanied him to the Knights' game. “Football right now is the last thing on my mind when it comes to some of the things in the last month that we've been dealing with as a family.”

Smith did not divulge any particulars about his wife's condition, but said she was OK.

Smith was noncommittal about his future, saying he was “not sure what's going to happen.”

He was visibly frustrated at the end of the 2010 season, the least productive of his 10-year career.

But he spoke highly Monday of new coach Ron Rivera and No. 1 overall draft pick Cam Newton, the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner who led Auburn to the BCS title last season.

But he also referred to the Panthers as “they” – not “we,” which might have been a slip of the tongue. Or not.

“I think the fundamental things the Carolina Panthers are doing right now are huge. I think anybody to say they're not making any moves would be unfair and biased. They're making great changes,” Smith said. “The acquisition of drafting Cam is outstanding. Met with him a few times and (was) impressed – very much impressed by Cam.”

Impressed enough to reverse his stance? Smith wasn't saying on this night.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on June 6, 2011 at 07:27 PM | Permalink


Hint hint Coach Rivera...tell #89 that Newton will start Week 1. You may be able to convince him to stay then.

Posted by: Nosebleed Fan | Jun 6, 2011 8:11:48 PM

No we are not tryin to get him to run away screaming lol

Posted by: Ryan | Jun 6, 2011 10:19:48 PM

I hope Steve Smith retires a Panther, if you leave I hope you get your ring with the Chargers. (anywhere but dallas)

Posted by: Scott | Jun 6, 2011 11:01:39 PM

When he refers to the team as "they" he's referring to the front office and coaching staff. He's talking about decisions they've made that he has nothing to do with, especially during a lockout when he can't even speak with them.

Posted by: pantherfan | Jun 7, 2011 1:10:10 AM

Cold cock Smith proves what a joke he is & calling Scam "outstanding" par for the course when theres been no practice & hes has been AWOL. Gotcha back bro. Weak arm Scam is no passing QB & wont cut muster. He'd be lucky if they move him to TE.

Busted up washed up Smith has done NOTHING for 3 yrs but be a drain on JRs payroll. This self labeled "non-factor" is finished in the soon to be defunct "old" NFL. Yea baby. Things be changin soon.

All greedy union scabs will be FIRED by the owners & better more talented players hired. Way past time to clean house & take out the trash. Smith needs to join Ringling Broz as a clown or call WWE Vince McMahon for an interview. ITS OVER for the overrated little guy who never was all that anyway.

Mucho thanks to union fagz for waking up the masses to what totally worthless vermin they are to society.

Owners = the "new" NFL in the workz ...

Posted by: broker | Jun 7, 2011 7:35:42 AM

broker...what's the highest grade level you finish in school?

Posted by: Jimmy | Jun 7, 2011 8:09:53 AM

Where these new more talented players coming from? Europe? This ain't the NBA dude. Personally, I like Gettis and hope he'd get more PT if Smith leaves. Helps my fantasy team too. ;)

Posted by: DaveT | Jun 7, 2011 8:32:55 AM

Can the pickle and he will stay.

Posted by: MELISSA | Jun 7, 2011 9:06:24 AM

broker did you even make it to high school or did you drop out to get a job to support your family..be quiet tool, who cares what you say. keep working panthers

Posted by: panthers world | Jun 7, 2011 9:25:01 AM

No argument about Gettis who was BTW a Texas state track champ and set a national record for the 400. Baylor always gets shoved aside becuz Texas is so big with so many great football schools.

Where will they get the NEW playerz? This is laughable but shows the mindwash and ignorance out there.
Make no mistake. There are 1500 NCAA football colleges all divisions or 80,000 players.
There are 120 NCAA D1A football schools alone or 6400 players.
The NFL has a total of just over 1700 players on 32 teams.

Excluding walk-ons using simple trig you have only .02% of NCAA players in the NFL.

Anyone who thinks the NFL hires the best or couldnt create 500 brand new NFL excellent teams is clueless.

Its way past time to give more NCAA players a shot at stardom that this tiny fractional select pampered overated few who are now all rotten corrupt greedyazz punkz.

Who would object to 500 NFL new teams in 500 cities playing year-round giving everyone and more cities a shot at the big time?

Posted by: entrepreneur | Jun 7, 2011 9:51:28 AM

Entrepreneur: Based on my simple math, using your numbers, 2 percent of NCAA players make it. Not .02 percent. You forgot to carry the decimal. Please return to your remedial math and English classes and allow adults to carry on intelligent, on-topic conversations. Thank you.

Posted by: John | Jun 7, 2011 10:33:00 AM

The man packed his locker up, and left the team, he will never again be a Panther. Let it go people. He wants a REAL team that has its sights on winning,not making more money for the ownership. You Pantehrs fans are so gullable!

Posted by: Pete Rose | Jun 7, 2011 10:37:20 AM

Advanced college trig & calculus use decimal system you dumbass. Obv a CMS basic math flunk.

Posted by: cms grad | Jun 7, 2011 11:01:39 AM

Its called America and "spread the wealth". The good kind.

Make it a rule you must have a college degree. No exceptions. No crooks who work the system.

Instead of a few spoiled ungrateful thankless brats making mega millions each why not have 10-15 times more teams and players making 100,000-200,000 a year instead? More cities would mean more football and more jobs for all.

How many people make 100,000 - 200,000. a year anyway? Who would turn this down to play pro football in the NFL?

Talk about creating millions of new jobs?
R U kidding?

This would also give stimulate a ton of more players and give all an incentive to get their degree knowing they had a real chance to play in the NFL and not be discouraged by the politics and favortism in the system today that allows only a tiny select few in who all get the big head and become arrogant greedy snots unworthy fame and glory for the chosen few. Get rid of these dirtbags.

Make America the land of opportunity for ALL not just a few.

Posted by: the american dream | Jun 7, 2011 11:49:05 AM

Hey, theres a lot of ex-great college players who'd play for $50,000 a season part-time job in the NFL but didnt have the right connections.

Posted by: willy t | Jun 7, 2011 3:41:09 PM

If you did what you guys are suggesting you'd dilute the talent to the point the game wouldn't be worth sitting through. Most of the 100,000+ players that don't make it from college to the pros don't because they aren't good enough. Sure there have been some success stories but by and large if you ain't playing it's cause you can't at this level. Not because you didn't know somebody.

As far as Smith goes allegedly the Panthers have already shopped him. It seems unlikely he'll return but I hope he does. I'd like to see him retire a Panther and I think we are closer to going places than many here seem to think.

Posted by: John | Jun 8, 2011 7:53:07 PM

Steve Smith is the man, and ive always said one of the best...do what u gotta do, but i personaly would love to see you stay

Posted by: justin | Jun 25, 2011 2:51:10 AM

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