Steve Smith completely ripped the Carolina Panthers' secondary apart when he faced his former side with his new employees, the Baltimore Ravens.
And now Smith has moved away from destroying his former teammates to some people a bit more high profile, Carolina head coach Ron Rivera and GM Dave Gettleman.
The new Ravens star receiver was rather restrained when questioned by reporters after Sunday's matchup, but he didn't hold back on Wednesday, when he phoned in to a WFNZ show in Charlotte to dispute a report about his release.
Stabbed in the Back
Smith went completely postal and absolutely unloaded on the Panthers, claiming he was "stabbed in the back" when he was released by the organization he had spent his whole career at.
"Every time I keep reading stuff and reports come out, I just think I was stabbed in the back," Smith said on The Fan's 'Bustin' Loose'.
Rivera the Coward
"Just like coach Rivera said he wasn't a sore loser, but yet he never even spoke to me through the whole ordeal. Not one time. He didn't look at me man-to-man and said this was going down. He said he's a players' coach but he never came in and said 'Hey Smitty, this is going on. Wanted to give you a heads up.' He hid in his office," Smith went on to say about his former head coach.
"Then you come at the end of the game and I play decent and then you come and shake my hand and say, 'Congratulations. I hope your family's well. Good luck.' But we were supposed to be boys and respected me. You would have done it from the jump. You don't do it at the end. And then you tell the media. Why? So you can look a certain way."
This is truly incredible. We never see this sort of thing in the modern game but damn can Smitty hold a grudge.
No Cajones Gettleman
It didn't stop with Rivera though. Smith ripped Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman, too, claiming the GM told Smith when the two met he was a "shadow" of his former self and that Smith was "jealous" of Cam Newton. Smith claims he asked Gettleman if this was "about a paycut" to which Gettleman "laughed and said, "No it's not about a paycut but thanks for asking."
"He doesn't even have the cojones to tell us to our face [about the release]," Smith said. "We have to hear it from someone else. Then he calls and says it wasn't personal. If the first thing that comes out is 'well it wasn't personal,' then guess what? It was personal."
Hardy the Wife Beater
Once again, the famous 89 wasn't quite done with the Panthers organization. He also went at the Panthers for the team making any indication that he was a distraction by noting the issues Carolina's had with Greg Hardy this season.
"I've always been a distraction? But I didn't hit my wife. Yeah I hit some teammates six or seven years ago but I didn't beat my wife," Smith said. "I didn't get arrested for DUIs. I didn't fall off no motorcycles ... All I did was charity work in Charlotte. I made mistakes. But building this big ole' crutch about it like as if I pushed their hand?
Game, set and match to Mister Steve Smith Sr. That has to hurt right, Panthers fans?
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