In this grainy video, you see Steve Smith talking to a group of predominantly young Jewish Panther Fans that want his autograph. He winds up having, what we in the business call, a “slight verbal altercation” with one of the kids that might be a Jets fan.
The kid talks a little trash, and Steve responds with something like “Not everybody’s (inaudible) as Darrell Revis”
“How old are you? Just tell me. Well I have a 14 year old. I love my 14 year old. Very respectful. If my 14 year old was talking and acting the way you guys were… he wouldn’t have any teeth in his mouth, because as his Dad I taught him ‘respect your elders’. No matter where they at.”
“Understand what I’m sayin? I’m not trying to say I don’t like yall. It’s just the whole attitude.”
“You see, you notice. I don’t care. You gotta understand. I’m 12 years in the league. I don’t have to sign it. That’s what I just told the last guy.”
“I’m truely just doin it. It’s a choice”
“Then you cross that line…”
1. He should not have said that. I mean… Steve would not want anyone threatening his 14 year old under any circumstance, even if it was hypothetical.
2. To Smitty’s credit, he did continue to go down the line signing autographs, albeit without a filter.