Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith did not impress online sports betting fans last Sunday when he dropped a couple of passes, including one that would have been a first-quarter touchdown, in the 22-6 defeat versus the Arizona Cardinals.
Smith was truly upset with umpire Dan Ferrell, claiming that the official missed at least one pass interference call and refused to give him the proper spot late in the third quarter.
The league typically fines players and coaches for being critical of officials, so Smith knows his comments might come with consequences. The wide receiver’s references to Ferrell came up when discussing a play in which he felt the Cards defender interfered by grabbing his jersey.
In the past the 34 year-old has said he would have “went off” in that situation. Smith said Ferrell continued to explain the play to him repeatedly during the game.
However, the player was adamant that pass interference should have been called.
The California native was called for offensive pass interference late in the third quarter as Carolina (1-3) was trying to overcome a deficit. It was the same play on which the Panthers starting left guard Amini Silatolu went down with a torn ACL in his right knee that will sideline him the rest of the NFL season.
One play later, QB Cam Newton was sacked for a safety that gave the Cardinals a 12-6 lead.
YouWager experts learned that later Smith agreed he had a bad game, taking full blame for the defeat because of the dropped touchdown pass on the Panthers’ opening series.