Ravens' Smith: Panthers stabbed me in the back

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Steve Smith took some parting shots at the Carolina Panthers, three days after the outspoken wide received led the Baltimore Ravens to a 38-10 win over his former team.

Smith, who spent 13 seasons in Carolina before being cut in March, called into a Charlotte radio station Wednesday and said the Panthers "stabbed him in the back."

Smith took direct aim at Dave Gettleman, telling WFNZ-AM that Carolina's second-year general manager said he was "a shadow of the player I used to be" and added that the GM said he was "jealous" of quarterback Cam Newton. Smith says he was told he was a "nuisance."

The receiver says coach Ron Rivera "never even spoke to me through the whole ordeal."

Smith had seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Baltimore win.


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