Panthers’ Armond Smith fined $15,000 for groin kick
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Aug 31, 2013
He’s lucky he wasn’t suspended. Carolina Panthers running back Armond Smith was fined $15,000 by the NFL for kicking a Baltimore Ravens player in the groin during an Aug. 22 preseason game. As Panthers running back Armond Smith was getting up after Ravens linebacker Albert McClellan tackled him in last week’s preseason game, Smith gave McClellan a quick kick to the groin. "But just knowing who Armond is, that's a tough one for him to swallow because that's not his character. Whatever Smith’s character is most of the time, a kick to the groin is about as cheap as a cheap shot gets. "He told me, 'Coach, he twisted on me,'" Panthers coach Ron Rivera said after the game. "I think he thought I was holding him down," McClellan said at the time. "Our legs got tangled up. He hopped up and kicked me. I did my best to keep my cool."