That's why when Steve Smith ended up in jail in 2002 after ending fellow receiver Anthony Bright's career by breaking his nose and eye socket, he definitely wasn't signed to a 6 year $27 million extension after the 2003 season.
That's why when Steve Smith was suspended by the Panthers for 2 games for seriously injuring Ken Lucas during practice in 2008, he definitely wasn't signed to a 3 year extension in 2012.
OH NO WAIT
Steve Smith was a cancer hated by everyone in the organization except Jerry Richardson for some unknown reason and he managed to stay on this team for 13 seasons despite assaulting fellow teammates MULTIPLE times in front of dozens of witnesses both times. He essentially ended both guys' careers. He stayed in part due to elite talent.
But yet Greg Hardy, who was also charged with a misdemeanor assault charge (with no eyewitnesses mind you), is getting booted out the door? Despite how godly he has played in recent seasons? Despite still being young, despite playing a much more important position than wide receiver?
Can someone please help me make sense of this? Smith had his misdemeanor assault charge dropped too, but only after he entered a deferred-prosecution program. Greg Hardy won't have to do a thing and charges have been immediately dropped period. What the hell?