View Full Version : Smith takes Newton to task for behavior after Panthers' defeat

09-21-2012, 04:32 PM

Excerpt: " Carolina Panthers (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/CAR/carolina-panthers) receiver Steve Smith (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/235157/steve-smith) says he" lit into" Cam Newton (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/1273186/cam-newton) about his actions on the sideline when the young quarterback was replaced late in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's 36-7 blowout loss to the New York Giants.Smith said he was upset when Newton sat sulking on the bench instead of getting up to watch backup Derek Anderson (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/405598/derek-anderson) and trying to learn from his own mistakes.
As a team captain and the elder statesman of the team, Smith felt something needed to be said to the 23-year old Newton about the importance of remaining positive and better handling adversity.

"I don't want to be passive and not do it because if I don't do it, who will?" Smith said. "The same way with my son, I can't expect somebody else [to do that]. So yeah, I lit into him because I thought it was an opportunity for him to see and understand what was going on. This is more than about playing football. It's about becoming a man and understanding what this is." Read more...

09-21-2012, 04:36 PM
Yeah I read that.
Smith was right in doing it...wrong for bringing it out in public.