And The Media Hate Dealing with "The Hamstring"

And you thought I was going to talk about Terrell Owens of the Dallas Cowboys. Nope.

Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers is a royal pain to cover, according to longtime respected columnist, Joe Menzer, of the Winston Salem Journal.

T.O. gets all the headlines about his hamstring injury, but a list of players have/are battling the injury this preseason. Super Bowl MVP, Hines Ward of the Steelers. Bears running back, Thomas Jones, and Carolina’s Steve Smith.

Jones and Owens are the only ones of that group who are rumored to by jaking it. Contract disputes will do that to a player and Jones is in one with the Bears. Fair or not.

Interesting, Jones and Owens are clients of agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Smith was the best receiver in the NFL last year. Smith hurt his hamstring the first day of Panthers training camp and missed over two weeks of action. ESPN didn’t really care to travel down to Panthers camp and set up shop like the did for T.O.’s injury.

Smith wouldn’t speak to Panther beat writers for 17 days. When he did it was a nightmare…according to Menzer: “he’s (Smith) been under the mistaken impression that reporters are out to undermine everything he does.”

Menzer went on to write how he thinks Smith talks out of both sides of his mouth, “When Smith finally talked to those who carry pens, pads and tape recorders, he said he didn’t talk for 17 days because he was tired of “rhetorical questions,” mainly ones involving his budding relationship with Keyshawn Johnson, a fellow wide receiver and also a new teammate.

He casually accused the media of creating “anxiety” between him and Johnson when there is none, even though it was Smith who, during his boycott of local media, granted a national television interview to ESPN and said that this is Steve Smith’s receiving corps and Steve Smith’s team. ‘

“(Johnson) may have been in the league 10 years, but he hasn’t been with this team for 10 years,” Smith told ESPN then.’

T.O. gets the bad rap and the media attention but it’s Smith who’s pulling out the “it’s my team” card.

Dallas is America’s Team and Smith is down in NASCAR country so he doesn’t get the big news or the I Love Me Some Me Award this summer.

Smith does have the backing of his head coach, John Fox, when it comes to his hamstring injury. You can’t say Bill Parcells’ soundbites are convincing when he speaks about Owens injury and his recovery process.

In the end, all that really matters is both guys are in the field for the season openers.

Newy Scruggs

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