Getting burned for a touchdown has to be a terrible feeling for a defensive back. But the true measure of an athlete is how he responds to the adversity. In the case of New Orleans Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins, he does not take too kindly to giving up a long score.
In the first quarter of the Saints-Panthers game, Cam Newton connected with Steve Smith for a 54-yard touchdown catch. Newton threw the ball up and Smith caught it at the 30-yard line with Jenkins draped all over him.
Jenkins fell to the ground, allowing Smith to waltz into the end zone for an easy touchdown. Right after the Panthers receiver scored, Roman Harper leveled him.
Smith responded by taunting the Saints defensive backs. Jenkins took offense and the two got involved in a scuffle that required basically everyone who was already on the field to pull them apart.
This kind of behavior is not completely out of character for Smith, who got into a fight with teammate Ken Lucas in 2008. He was suspended by the team for two games.
Jenkins has never done anything like this. He was just doing his best Cortland Finnegan impression on Smith.
The incident was completely uncalled for, and honestly the only person who should be fined is Roman Harper. He hit Smith with a cheap shot and that escalated the whole thing. Of course, since Smith and Jenkins were the fight participants, they have to be fined.
Regardless of who started it and whose wallet will be lighter on Monday, tensions are definitely running high in Carolina this week.