Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was pretty upset after St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins made some ugly comments about his family during Sunday’s 30-15 win versus the Rams.
Smith let the 24 year-old Jenkins know it on the field, pointing his finger at the second-year player out of North Alabama in the third quarter after scoring a touchdown on his 800th career catch.
He then unleashed a profanity-laced tirade versus Jenkins in the locker room after the game.
When Smith was asked what Jenkins said specifically he decided to reiterate his anger with the cornerback.
With players from both sides of the field pushing, shoving and yelling at one another, Rams defensive end Chris Long was caught throwing a right cross that was much easier to see than any other throws, punches or elbows.
The result was his first career ejection and an error he would like to correct if possible.
“It was a frustrating situation,” according to Long. “We weren’t playing to our potential at the time and there was a big scuffle in there. I just got caught and probably lost my cool the most. I apologize for that. That was wrong. I need to be more composed. When you play with a lot of emotion, there’s a fine line between being over the line and reeling it back in. I need to reel it back in.”
Smith left Jenkins and safety Matt Giordano grasping for air on the 19-yard touchdown that gave the Panthers a 27-12 lead. The California native was so busy taunting Jenkins that he yanked away from quarterback Cam Newton, who was trying to help him celebrate the milestone catch.