Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith obviously knew when he vented on the officiating from Sunday's loss at Arizona that he was going to get fined.
And with that in mind, Smith got every penny of his money's worth out of the rant.
His words, relayed by the Charlotte Observer, reach a "Have another donut!" historic rant level, especially when he called one of the officials "garbage." He even challenged commissioner Roger Goodell to fine him, and Goodell is likely to take Smith up on that offer.
Smith, who has been known for some angry outbursts through his career, didn't hold back. Here he's apparently discussing umpire Dan Ferrell, who was a main target of his anger during his interview with the Observer:
"To be honest, I make enough money where if Roger wants to fine me he can. But I really think that referee probably was the sorriest referee that I have ever met," Smith said.
"When I dove for the first down (and) he was standing right there, he didn't even acknowledge -- he received a check that day and I hope he feels good. He was terrible. He was garbage."
What was Smith's issue? He felt that Arizona's secondary was getting away with grabbing him the entire game.
"I got a (pass interference) penalty, which is very interesting," Smith told the Observer. "I got leg-humped and hugged a few times.
''It was pass interference in Mexico, Europe, rugby - in pretty much every other sport but in Arizona (on Sunday)," Smith said. ''But then when I pushed off it was pass interference.''
Smith said Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson was allowed to play a physical style of coverage that was beyond what is allowed.
"I was told by the referee -- whatever judge he was, No. 64 (Ferrell)," Smith said, according to the Observer. "He told me on my route (that) I felt like I got held, where (Peterson) had the back of my jersey and used that to slingshot his way through and bat the ball down. He said he grabbed my jersey, he saw it, but he didn't think it was enough that changed the course of the route," Smith said.
"I've only been playing football for a little bit, just picked it up. So I said OK. I really believe years past I would've went off. But that's what he felt and that's what he said and he repeatedly explained it to me."
That probably felt good for Smith to get that off his chest. Perhaps he'll have some remorse when that fine comes from the NFL for ripping the officials, because the only question now is not if he'll be fined, but how much.
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