It's about time Smith faced some real consequences.

Carolina Panthers Should Fine Steve Smith — Heavily

Because Steve Smith (the one in Carolina) wasn’t smart enough to follow some fairly simple rules, he’s going to miss Training Camp, likely all of the preseason, and perhaps even the first week of the regular season due to a broken arm.

It first came out that Smith likely broke the arm playing flag football at a youth camp he was attending. However, that story quickly changed to an adult-league game that might have gotten a bit too rough. But either way, Smith should know better than to be playing flag football in the offseason.

Now, thanks to his bonehead decision, the Panthers should use the opportunity to get some money back from the overpaid thug that is Steve Smith.

I obviously have never seen Smith’s contract, but I’d be willing to bet my left hand that there’s a provision in his contract, and probably everyone else’s, that allows the team to pursue damages if he injures himself during the offseason while performing something the team would consider negligent or unnecessarily dangerous.

Playing flag football would obviously fall into that.

And if I was the one making that decision, I’d fine him the max amount for every single team function he has to miss. This is the same guy who has sucker-punched two different teammates and clearly feels as though the rules don’t apply to him. But, in his defense, that could be because they don’t.

If it were anyone else, would the Panthers be taking such a soft approach to this situation? It seems more likely they understand Smith is nothing more than a child who’s been blessed with the natural ability to do his job at a high level, and don’t want to do anything to rub him the wrong way.

Even when Smith sucker-punched a teammate most recently, he was given a two-game suspension. That’s it. That’s barely a slap on the wrist for the nonsense he pulled. It would even be one thing if he hit someone on an opposing team, but when that guy is wearing the same jersey as you, he’s your brother — your family.

To take it to that level on a teammate — and when not paying attention — is cowardice on full display and nothing short of criminal.

So perhaps now is the time to show him the team is not messing around and take something that might actually get his attention — his money. Then, next time, he’ll think twice before doing something as stupid as putting himself at risk of injury or at least cause a slight pause before the next time he takes a swing at an unsuspecting teammate.

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  • Garrett

    They should fine you for writing such a bonehead article.

    • Bob Cunningham

      It’s the way you back up your opinion that impresses me most.

  • Johnny

    Garrett’s right. You should be fined for writing a boneheaded article.

  • gk

    So is this really about Flag Football, or some restitution for two incidents that happened over the course of the last eight years?(that the team has already dealt with)

    When one really looks across the league objectively, I think the “thug” label really does not apply to Smith.

    • Bob Cunningham

      I think a man who sucker-punches two of his teammates is a thug, or at the very least has a thug mentality. He might not be 50 Cent, but I don’t think that’s where the bar is set.

      And of course it’s a combination of things. Like I said, he hasn’t been punished (honestly) for any of his prior incidents and it did nothing but empower him.

      They’re not going to do it, but if I had any say in the Panthers organization I’d fine him for everything he has to miss as a direct result of his stupid decision.

      • gk

        I am not going to dispute his mistakes because that is what they are. Mistakes. It just seems to me when you look at a lot of other players in the league, he has done a lot less and is not really getting a fair shake when it comes to this.

        • Bob Cunningham

          Just because he’s not as bad as guys like Pacman Jones, Tank Johnson, or (let’s not kid ourseleves) the late Chris Henry, doesn’t mean he should get a pass, does it?

  • gk

    Also, was Ben Roethslisberger fined by the team for his motorcycle accident?

    • Bob Cunningham

      You’ve got me. I’m not sure. I vaguely recall hearing talk that they might but I don’t think they did in the end.

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  • John

    It seems to me I heard several players are involved this flag football league. Even a couple we cut. I guess we should end the kickball charity game Gross runs and teammates participate in. Someone could tear something. Make them all hire gardeners casue they could get hurt doing the yard work.

    Do you see how silly this is? Where does it end? Smith missing camp is pretty meaningless in the big picture. He will be ready and he knows the playbook. Further he seems to be healing quicker than expected and may be back sooner. And the other guys can use the reps.

    This article isn’t really about Smith breaking his arm it’s about you and your problems with him.

    • Bob Cunningham

      Well, you’re not run to say I don’t like Smith, but let’s not over-simplify this.

      I make the distinction you’re talking about by saying “negligent or unnecessarily dangerous” acts. Charity events and doing your yard-work wouldn’t fit into that.

      This wasn’t a charity flag football game or something along those lines. It was him taking an unnecessary risk with his career and the team’s money.