WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Fred Smoot heard Steve Smith proudly assert that he ruined Smoot’s career, to which he responded, Steve Smith is a liar … and he’s soft … and he’s a bully.
On Wednesday, Smith was asked by ESPN’s Mike and Mike if he had ever talked so much trash to a player, that it actually affected that player’s performance on the field.
“A guy that I think, and I take pride in, I destroyed his career, is Fred Smoot,” Smith said, saying Smoot was never the same after.
“Coming out of Mississippi, he was considered a really good corner back, and I thought he was,” Smith said. “And then after coming in Bank of America Stadium, things just went downhill from there.”
Smith appeared to be referencing an Oct. 2005 game between Carolina and Minnesota – Smoot’s first year with the Vikings, and fifth of nine seasons in the league – in which he caught 11 balls for 201 yards and a touchdown.
Smoot responded Sunday, by denying Smith’s claim and making his own assertion, that Smith is just a guy who wants to “show out” in front of people.
“He’s a Grade A receiver. I was a Grade A corner and here go the thing about it. Grade A’s cannot hurt Grade A’s,” Smoot said on 106.7 The Fan’s Washington Game Day Uncensored.
“The only person that could have hurt my career is a Grade F,” he said. “That means a guy with no name on the back of his jersey come in and beat me to death, he can ruin my career. But for me to go out and get beat by a Jerry Rice, is to me to give up yards to Jerry Rice. And my coach is gonna look me in the face and say ‘You did a good job. Nobody can stop him.’ Alright?
“Well, for me to go get beat by Megatron is for me to go get beat by Megatron, alright. So I don’t get him on that. And the thing about Steve, me and him hate each other. If I run into Steve Smith in a Giant right now, I’ll fight Steve Smith in a Giant right now. I don’t give a — I don’t care.”
“We don’t like each other,” he tacked on. “We’ve never liked each other. We came out of school together. We’ve ran into each other and we just don’t like each other.”
“So have you guys run into each other at other NFL events,” co-host Kevin Shafer asked.
“I don’t,” Smoot said. “And I think he’s a bully. Actually, I think he’s a weak bully at that. And I’ll be honest with that. I don’t care about saying that. He’s Steve Incognito to me. I call him Steve ‘Pinocchio’ Smith, cause he’s a liar. He went on national t.v. and lied. He’s a liar.
“And I like to keep it real and I like to be honest. This guy wants to sit here and say he ruined my career, and I played you two to three times after that, and you did nothing. I played you actually ten times before that, as a Redskin, and you gonna talk about the one time that you actually got me.
“I can say this about Steve Smith, and I can say this, my worst day in the NFL, he had a part in. He’s the guy that beat me. But I don’t say he beat me. [Jake] Delhomme threw great passes all day long, and beat me. I had Ted Cottrell as a defensive coordinator call Cover 3 all day, and got me beat. So it’s fine, I don’t make excuses. He beat me. But no, you didn’t ruin my career, and yes, I’m happy and I’m still smiling, and I’m good, and I’m fine Steve Smith. So don’t worry about it Steve Incognito. You’re so soft. Hey, I’m gonna tell you what he did.
“Hang on now. Seriously, be honest now,” Shafer said. “I’ve seen Steve Smith on the field, but I’ve never been up close to him.”
“He’s soft!” Smoot declared. “I’ve seen him jump on Ken Lucas. Ken Lucas, anybody will tell you about Ken Lucas.”
As if things weren’t too personal already, Smoot then launched into an explanation of why Smith is always involved in on-field skirmishes, which he suggests speaks to his character and credibility.
“Only reason he wants to fight people during a game, is because we got helmets on, we got shoulder pads on, and somebody’s gonna rush and break it up. Referee, teammate, it doesn’t matter,” Smoot said.
“Put it like this, if I’m in a dark alley and I’m gonna fight a couple guys, I don’t want Steve Smith with me,” he added. “He’s nothing but a talker, he’s soft. Come to Mississippi with that. That’s what you do. You come to Mississippi and we’ll teach you a couple lessons out there. We’ll show you how to be tough. He’s not tough. He wants to fight everybody in front of everybody, when he knows everybody’s gonna break the fight up, do this, do that.
“They’re not tuning in for a UFC fight,” Smoot said of football fans. “They’re tuning in for NFL football. And what he wants to do is show out in front of people, try to fight people while you got helmets on, while you got this on, you want to do this. You soft, man. Let’s be honest. I like to be honest and I like to be a good person. He’s soft. I don’t really care about it.”