Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith says he was "leg-humped" by Cardinals defenders. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Carolina Panthers offense is not very good at the moment, so Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith took time on Monday to vent his frustration with the referees. But he did acknowledge that he has to play better.
Smith was frustrated about the lack of calls in the team's 22-6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He was guarded most of the day by Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.
"No. 64, he was garbage," Smith said Monday to the Charlotte Observer. "There is a lot of things I would let him hold, but nothing valuable."
The No. 64 Smith is referring to is umpire Dan Ferrell.
"I was told by the referee -- whatever judge he was, No. 64 (Ferrell). 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.
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Smith, who has 18 receptions for 203 yards and one touchdown this season, says he doesn't care if he gets fined by the league for his comments.
"To be honest, I make enough money where if Roger [Goodell] wants to fine me, he can," he said. "I really think that referee probably was the sorriest referee I have ever met."
"I got a (pass interference) penalty, which is very interesting. I got leg-humped and hugged a few times. Being a pretty good flag football player, I think I got my flag pulled on my jersey a few times. I would say pretty much, I take that one on the chin and just say it was me. I've got to play better."