Steve Smith blasts reporter for ‘dumbest question’

There are some things you don’t ask the loquacious Steve Smith after his team just lost a hard-fought home playoff game.

One reporter inquired if he’ll be rooting for the Seahawks — not the 49ers — in next week’s NFC Championship game, and … yeah, it didn’t go over so well.

“You really want me to thump you upside the head? That was the dumbest question, and that’s the second dumbest question you’ve asked,” Smith said, via “I only cheer for one team. Actually, two teams. My team and my kid’s team. Other than that I can give a bleep.”

Foot meet mouth. All that’s missing was an “ice up, son!

In more serious matters, the Panthers’ veteran receiver, who finished with four catches for 74 yards and a touchdown, addressed his playing time. Smith lit up the Niners in the first half, but went the way of Casper in the second half, hampered by a knee injury.

“They went man coverage in the first half, didn’t work out too well, so they adjusted,” Smith said. “A little help over the top. Some people may say no that’s not the case but …”

Smith said he “could really care less” about not seeing the ball in the later stages of the game.

“I’m not going to go there,” he told the Charlotte Observer. “I could really care less right now. It’s just one of those things where … they did a lot of things in the second half to try to take me away. That happens.”

But did admit he was heartbroken over the result.

“There’s nothing disappointing about seeing how hard my guys, we, worked,” he said. “You’re never disappointed in your work. If you go out there and you play and you do your job, you’re never ashamed of the job you’ve done.”

UPDATE: Smith’s response in video form:

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  • Daniel Paulitska

    more proof that sports reporters are the dumbest sacks of shit

  • Adverb

    Steve Smith is an expert on dumb.

  • Joseph Todora

    At Least the Stupid reporter didn’t ask him how he felt after the tough loss.

  • Louis Becker

    The Way smith Celebrates everytime he gets the football, i thought Carolina was Winning!

  • Addam Kaiser

    Non Carolina Fans just don’t understand. This organization takes care of its players and it’s more of a family than an empire. 5’8″ Steve Smith is bigger than any other player in the NFL because he is measured by his heart.

  • Christopher Bogart

    Dance now Smith, dance like you just won the SB on a 9 yard catch now! I guess dumb recognizes dumb right Smith? Your team came out jawwing and they got punched in the mouth now those jaws are wired shut. Now go back to consoling Cam Newton he needs it after that kryptonite sandwich was shoved down his throat by the 9ers D.

  • BigDawg72

    That was a great TD catch he made in the first half. A little nudge to the defender, then hands up and there was the ball. I knew there was going to be help from a safety after that. It was a good game.