When former Giants wide receiver Steve Smith decided Wendsday to sign with the hated Philadelphia Eagles and join their "dream team," he knew there would be plenty of backlash from loyal New York Giant fans. Smith tried to contain the barrage of threats and curses by releasing a statement on his facebook page right after news broke of his signing.
Only a half hour after ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the story Smith wrote, "
Unfortunately for Smith, the hate messages kept coming. As a professional athlete you must be prepared to deal with such criticism and act mature, Smith did exactly that. A day after news broke of his one year $4 million deal with the Eagles, Smith again took to his facebook page to address his disgruntled and betrayed former fans.
It was a very mature (somewhat scripted) statement, but mature and kind nonetheless. The last part about stating that his "haters" are also "great people...passionate fans" is very true and a kind thing to say about people who are at the same time wishing you harm. Although I will never forgive Smith for betraying the Giants and signing with their most hated rival, Smith has done everything he could to defuse the situation.
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