Apparently, Cam Newton did not impress his fellow NFL players in Hawaii this past January, according to reports.
Several “unnamed” players spoke out about their experience with then-rookie Newton:
He acted “like a diva.”
“He was a total —hole. Who did he think he was? He acted like the big s—. Here he was at his first game and he acted like he was the star. Guys didn’t like that.”
CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco’s says he saw the other five quarterbacks during the 2012 Pro-Bowl not be rushed, but defensive players from the AFC actually went after Cam. This, in the same game where players were booed for not giving any effort – a game which made headlines and questions lingered about whether or not there would even be a Pro Bowl in 2013.
Newton was sacked once in that game. It was the only sack OF the game.
Cam was flung to the turf in the third quarter by Antonio Smith of the Texans after one pass and the sack came on a spin-move by another rookie, Denver’s Von Miller.
He also reportedly turned down at least one request for an autograph from another player for him and his family – with kids – saying “now’s not the time.”
EeeeeexSQUEEZE ME? If the Pro Bowl, the ONE game where players have time to relax, not worry about the outcome, or even getting injured due to the lack of intensity is NOT the “time,” then what IS?
Even rookies at the Pro Bowl know of the laid-back atmosphere of the game. Heck, we fans grew UP knowing that much if we’ve ever seen a single one of the games.
Prisco writes: “That player said Newton did the unthinkable and even dissed Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. “That’s the godfather there,” one player said. “Can you believe he did that?”
Prisco continued: “Said another player: “It didn’t matter who it was, he didn’t care about anybody but himself.”
Lewis denies it, but others confirm it. That’s just Ray Lewis showing he’s got class – something that at least the rookie version of Cam Newton lacked.
Prisco states a few other sources confirm that Newton was “aloof” and “dismissive” during his stint there.
Through a team spokesman, Newton declined to comment for this story.
“Look, it was his first Pro Bowl, so he should have come and acted humble,” one AFC player said. “But he didn’t. He acted like he was better than us.”
Perhaps it’s a good thing for Newton’s character that the Panthers, under his field generalship, have regressed this season. It might just teach him some humility and put his “legend in his own mind” status to rest. My goodness, it’s the PRO BOWL – EVERYONE is on the SAME level there. If Newton really acted this way, which apparently he did, then he needs to grow up and do it fast or there may be underlying issues that we, as fans, are heretofore unaware of.
Could it be that Newton himself is part of the problem and not the solution in the Carolina offense?
Whatever the case is, he won’t have to worry about “dissing” anyone in this year’s Pro Bowl – unless it’s from the stands.
Pete Prisco’s article can be found here.
It would seem that ProFootballWeekly’s Nolan Nawrocki’s controversial assessment of Newton before the draft needs another look, which can be found HERE.
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