There aren't many people in the Panthers organization whom WR Steve Smith trusts implicitly. Two of them (K John Kasay and team chaplain Mike Bunkley) politely declined interview requests Saturday.
The other, WR Muhsin Muhammad, was upfront about what Smith needs to do when the team reconvenes tomorrow night.
"The first thing he needs to do is to come in and talk to the team," Muhammad said after Saturday's Fan Fest practice. "I’m pretty sure he’s got that somwhere on his schedule. Obviously we’re off tonight and we’ll be back down to Spartanburg tomorrow, so I wouldn’t expect it to last much longer than that."
Muhammad said he hasn't talked to Smith since he left campus Friday afternoon, but he expected his friend was ashamed of the whole chapter.
"I definitely think it’s affecting him," Muhammad said. "More than anything, to have to face his family, and the let-down that is to his family and the people on this team, the people that count on him. People in the organization and fans, a lot of people put a lot of trust and respect in Steve.
"Earning their trust and working toward regaining that respect at, is something that I’m pretty sure he’s going to be working hard and diligently to do"