The camp attendee appeared to be heckling the quarterback over becoming a “free agent,” while Newton didn’t make things better when he responded with, “I’m rich.” Newton was also heard asking if he could talk to the kid’s father.
“What you didn’t see,” he wrote on social media. “I see there are a lot of things festering out there that I see took place over the weekend. To the natural eye, you see me asking the young man, ‘Where is your dad at?’ But to me, talking to a child with everyone looking does me no good! So instead of speaking or going back and forth with a child, I wanted to have a man-to-man conversation with his father.
“With that being said, when I attend tournaments all across the country with my All-Star team, I have given my time, my energy, and my expertise to these kids coming into our program for over 11 years and that is not what people want to hear or even want to see,” Newton wrote. “People want to see me arguing with another young man and to see me ‘get in my feelings.’ But the truth is this: I impact kids lives in a positive way. Make no mistake about it. I allow kids to realize there is an ‘out’ by using their football talents to get them to the next level and in most cases, out of the hood!
“So with that being said, have yourself an unbelievable rest of your day.”
Newton, you’ll remember, has won the junior college national championship at Blinn College; the BCS national championship at Auburn; the Heisman Trophy; became the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft; won NFL MVP in 2015; and took the Panthers to Super Bowl 50. While his one year in New England certainly was subpar, it doesn’t reflect what has been an overall incredible amateur and professional career.
A Twitter account titled “Carolina Blitz” later released a statement from Newton; he defended his actions, saying that he tried to end the pointless back-and-forth with the “child” and talk to their father. The account also showed the aftermath of the initial incident, with Newton trying to turn it into a teaching moment. The kid, unfortunately, remained obstinate.
Perhaps he would have been better off asking Newton what it takes to succeed at the highest level of the sport instead of talking smack.