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 NFL.com. “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: