Jan 12, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) on the field prior to the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Smith on Panthers: What’s in the past is in the past

When the Carolina Panthers made the difficult decision to release veteran wide receiver Steve Smith, there was plenty of outrage from the fans and Smith was also bitter with the team’s decision. However, that is now all in the past.

In a recent appearance where Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer was presentSmith changed his tune on the Panthers and made it clear that everything has been forgiven and he still has respect for everyone who gave him an opportunity to become the player he was in Carolina.

What’s in the past is in the past,” Smith said.  “At the end of the day, you go to the kitchen, you get a washcloth, you pick up the spilled milk and you move on.  That’s what I’m doing.  I’m moving on.

“I have nothing bad to say about Mr. Richardson or the organization. And I won’t.  And I refuse to because they deserve nothing but my respect.  At the end of the day, they’ve done great things for me, given me an opportunity to bless my family.”

It is great to see Smith bury the hatchet, but we’d still have to imagine he will be playing with a chip on his shoulder when his new team hosts the Panthers during the 2014 season.

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