To know Steve Smith the man, you have to understand Steve Smith the child.There are a few words that easily describe Smith’s persona on the field — electric, passionate, driven.
The man he is today is fueled by the boy he was.
“There’s these statistics that say if you’ve witnessed domestic violence as a child as a young male, that you are prone to repeat the behavior,” Smith said.
As a young boy, Smith saw his mother repeatedly be abused by her boyfriend.
“He would beat her and talk down to her,” said Smith, who knew immediately what he was seeing was wrong.
“You show your love and affection by being gentle. Not by punching, not by kicking, not by degrading her like I experienced and watched her go through.”
But he couldn’t stop it. He says he’ll never forget the day they got married.
“I went to the bathroom and I was crying and I looked in the mirror and I said, ‘I lost my mom,’” Smith lamented. “That was the day I lost her.”