Panthers Steve Smith Signs Up For Twitter; Collects Donations For Safe Alliance
After a big Monday Night Football victory over the Patriots this week, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith still has time to give back to the Charlotte community while discussing his new phrase “Ice Up Son!” and finally signing up on Twitter as @89SteveSmith.
When Smith’s quote “Ice Up, Son!” from MNF has gone viral on the internet and social media, he has stayed quiet about the heated arguments and leg pulling incident from Patriots Aqib Talib.
“I’m not sure,” says Steve Smith, and quickly changed the topic. It seems as if he’s ready to move on from the incident.
While talking to Marc James from WFNZ’s “The Drive,” Steve Smith said he had to finally join Twitter because of an imposter using a fake Steve Smith alias. The Steve Smith imposter was sending out direct messages to other women’s Twitter handles asking for pictures, telephone numbers, and other explicit things.
The NFL, NFL PA, and Twitter worked together to take down the fake account, and Steve Smith even posted on his Instagram account to not follow the fake version.
But don’t expect catchy quote tweets and Tweet Battles with other NFL stars from Steve Smith on Twitter.
“I’m still not going to use it,” say Smith. “I just have it so that no one else will impersonate me.”
This will be my official twitter profile for when I decide to use it. Thank you Panthers fans.—
Steve Smith (@89SteveSmith) November 22, 2013
The Carolina Panthers (7-3) are aiming to claim the NFC South title from New Orleans Saints and make it to the Playoffs, but Smith and his team have learned their lessons from their previous losing seasons.
“Winning covers up a lot of mistakes,” says Smith. “I don’t think the same mistakes will happen…this fan base has done a great job and has stuck with us through the thick and thin…they are a fan base that is getting exactly what they deserve – a winning organization.”
While at the WFNZ AAA Doghouse, Smith with the Steve Smith Foundation received donations and toys for Safe Alliance, a non-profit charity that supports victims of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse, serving over 20,000 people a year through advocacy and education.
“Every 9 seconds a woman is abused either mentally or physically,” says Smith. “[Its an] understanding that you have to help out.”
“My mom was a strong black woman who was honestly physically abused and mentally, and so I understand what it means to grow up in a house where the mom cannot be a mom and be safe.”
From his and his families’ personal experiences, the Steve Smith Foundation doesn’t “reinvent the wheel” but helps out charities that are close to their hearts and see any possible way they can help out their people in need.
Please visit www.safealliance.org/holiday-store for more details on how you can donate money or toys to kids and parents in need.
Click Here To See Pictures Of Steve Smith Collecting Toys For Safe Alliance, and watch the video interview above to see why working with Safe Alliance means a lot to Steve Smith and his Foundation.