Steve Smith: Janoris Jenkins needs to wear some condoms

steve-smithCarolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is still not ready to let go of his his anger toward St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins. After their two teams squared off on Sunday, Smith blasted Jenkins and said he would punch him in the mouth if he ever saw him on the streets.

Smith claimed he was angry that Jenkins googled information about him and said derogatory things about his wife. He reiterated that during an interview with Taylor Zarzour and Marc James on WFNZ the Fan in Charlotte on Tuesday.

“When I go against the opponent I talk and I may say hey I beat you and any of that stuff. But I’m not going to Google a guy’s wife’s name and try to find out little things,” Smith said, per Eye on Football. “It wasn’t just him, it was other guys on that defense that was saying it. And just to go to that extent.

“I talk mess and I love talking mess and that’s part of the game. But I would never walk up to a guy — first of all I don’t really know outside of watching him on video — and Google his wife’s name and her birthday and call her outside of her name and call that in the jest of sportsmanship or gamesmanship. … That’s not my deal. I take that as clear disrespect.”

Smith then decided it was his turn to get personal.

“It sounds like he needs to wear some condoms,” Smith added. “That’s what it sounds like he needs to wear.”

Jenkins has four children by three different women. He defended himself as a responsible father when he was entering the draft and was facing character concerns last April. Whatever Jenkins said to Smith, it obviously set him off to the point where he was still steaming about it 48 hours later.

Steve Smith: If I see Janoris Jenkins on the street I’ll punch him in the mouth

Steve-Smith-Not-Punished-For-Flag-Football-InjuryCarolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith looked like the Steve Smith of old on Sunday in a win over the St. Louis Rams. He caught five passes for 69 yards and broke more than one tackle en route to a 19-yard touchdown reception. The attitude associated with his game was also vintage 89.

For most of the afternoon, Smith was matched up against Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins. After the game, Smith told reporters that Jenkins “used the internet and Google for the first time ever” to research for trash talking, claiming Jenkins said derogatory things about his wife. Following his touchdown in the third quarter, which happened to be the 800th reception of Smith’s career, No. 89 pointed at Jenkins and broke into Deion Sanders’ trademark celebration.

“Well he thinks he’s Deion (Sanders),” Smith said, via Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer. “He’s not. He’s just another notch on the bedpost. That’s 800. He ain’t no different.

“When you embarrass people you rub it in their face.”

Smith also added that he would punch Jenkins in the face if he ever saw him outside the football stadium. Whatever the second-year corner said, it clearly got under Smith’s skin. This is the same Smith who complained about getting leg-humped during a game a couple weeks ago and once came out and said Mark Sanchez sucks, so you know he doesn’t need an excuse to flap his gums. Jenkins may talk a little less if the two ever meet again.

Titus Young was benched during Rams game for head-butting Janoris Jenkins

Titus Young is a player who many have said has breakout potential this season, but that will all depend on his attitude. The second-year receiver caught only one pass for 14 yards against the Rams on Sunday, but his lack of production was due in large part to the fact that Young only played in the first half.

Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz benched Young at the end of the first half after he head-butted Rams corner Janoris Jenkins. The mix-up occurred after St. Louis scored on a 31-yard pick-six from Cortland Finnegan, and it cost the Lions 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff.

“He didn’t do a smart thing,” Schwartz said. “He and a couple of guys were going back and forth, and the whole thing was right in front of me. It looked like he was going to do the right thing and walk away, but at the last second he turned and made a really dumb decision.”

Over the offseason, Young was reportedly told to stay away from organized team activities for an undisclosed period of time after he punched one of his own teammates. Last season, he punched a Saints player in the face when the Lions were down 17 and trying to get back into the game. He also was disciplined for similar issues while at Boise State, so clearly Sunday’s incident was not an isolated one.

Until Young proves that he can control his temper and remain focused during games, the Lions are likely to leave him in a limited role.

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Janoris Jenkins has a hilarious reason why he rejects the Pacman Jones comparison

Talented cornerback. Multiple off-the-field issues. Drafted by Jeff Fisher. The comparisons between Janoris Jenkins and Pacman Jones are evident. But because of one glaring difference, Jenkins doesn’t buy the link to the notoriously oft-troubled Jones.

The Rams’ second-round pick jumped on SiriusXM radio with host Adam Schein on Friday and rejected the Pacman comparison when he was asked about it. His explanation was truly amusing:

I don’t think Pacman ever gave us a quote quite like that. There’s another difference Jenkins can add to the board.

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Janoris Jenkins denies smoking marijuana at North Alabama after getting booted by Florida

Janoris Jenkins is considered to be one of the top cornerback prospects in the draft, but his troubled past concerns teams.

Jenkins was a freshman All-American at Florida in 2008, but he was kicked off the team by coach Will Muschamp last April. His rap sheet at Florida included three arrests, failed drug tests, and he also has four children with three women. A report last week said Jenkins continued to smoke weed after enrolling at North Alabama, but he denied that was the case in a separate interview.

“I wasn’t smoking marijuana at North Alabama,” Jenkins told Scout.com’s Aaron Wilson. “If anybody wants to know, they can give my coaches a call. I wasn’t partying. They’ve been saying a lot of things about me that aren’t true without getting my side of the story. It’s been a humbling experience.

“You’ve got to be a man, you’ve got to be honest and straightforward. I’ve matured. My past is my past. People can judge me for how far I’ve come. I want to know why all of a sudden this is out there about me. Why didn’t it come out after the combine when I was straightforward with the scouts? The timing is very interesting to me,” he said.

Jenkins’ defensive coordinator at North Alabama, Tony Pecoraro, told Wilson that Jenkins passed random drug tests and did everything they asked him to do.

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