Posted March 13, 2014 by Devon Watkis in Sports

Panthers Release WR Steve Smith After GM Called Him a “Distraction” [Video]

Wide Receiver Steve Smith was released earlier today from the Carolina Panthers after 13 seasons. Adding insult to injury the general manager of the Panthers Dave Gettlemen beleives that Smith is a distraction to the team.

Now usually a distraction would in tale an arrest or some kind of team misconduct but in this case it is due to Steve Smith being too passionate for his teammates and coaching staff to handle.

It is no secret that Smith is not one to hold in his emotions on the field.That is what made him such a fierce competitor and the face of the Carolina franchise for so many years. According to multiple sources though his personality allegedly clashed with players and coaches on his team.

According to CBS sports, Gettlemen is looking to move on from Smith being the face of the organization and allow his young super stars linebacker Luke Kuechly and quarterback Cam Newton to run the team.

As for how Steve Smith took all of this well he promises to be in the best shape of his life next season and if he comes across the Panthers there will be “blood and guts everywhere”. So basically he took it as well as expected.

According to ESPN, after word got out of Gettlemen’s perception of Smith he immediately went into damage control mode releasing a statement,

“When I took this position, I knew that difficult decisions would have to be made along the way,” general manager Dave Gettleman said in a statement. “To move on from a storied veteran player is probably the most difficult of all, a decision not to be taken lightly.

In the end Smith is turning 35 and is not the player he used to be, the Panthers should not have a problem moving on but Smith does deserve more respect from the organization that he has played so hard for.

Check out some Steve Smith highlights below and make sure you let us know what you think.


Source: ESPN, CBS Sports