"Browns center Alex Mack accused Kansas City defensive lineman Shaun Smith of grabbing his private parts during Sunday's game. Mack said Smith, who played two seasons for the Browns before he was released last year, committed the dirty play in the second quarter."
Smith told the AP that he had "...no comment. I don't recall doing anything like that. I'm not known for being a dirty player or anything like that, so I don't know what that was all about."
Whatever, Mack was so upset by the incident that he got into an impromptu smack-talking session with Smith. And then, a few plays later, was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after hitting Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson after the whistle. Two plays after that, Browns kicker Phil Dawson honked a 42-yard field goal that would have given Cleveland the lead and before you know it, they're staring 0-2 in the face.
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot spoke to Mack after the game:
"I'm trying to hustle to the ball. I'm trying to help [Jerome Harrison] and he's a shifty guy. I'm trying to rush there and get a block and move things, be fired up, play the game with passion. A little too much passion. I probably should've pulled off that. It hurt my team and I feel bad for it, but I'm trying to play the game fast."If there's a silver lining it's this: every loss brings the Eric Mangini era that much closer to its logical conclusion.
Mack didn't say if the Smith grab led to the penalty but acknowledged that "there's things I can do better. You want to be aggressive and attacking. You just can't have penalties."