Maybe skipping his required press conference a week ago was a smart move for Cam Newton.
The Carolina Panthers quarterback defied league policy when he didn’t speak to the media for the entire week. Yesterday he did make it to the podium, but things didn’t go well.
After being asked about big plays, or the Panthers’ lack thereof, Newton rolled his eyes, said “next question,” and walked off the stage as reporters tried to ask more questions.
How Cam Newton’s press conference ended today. Left abruptly after answering a question about getting chunk plays with “next question.” pic.twitter.com/5bnPyo7XT8
— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) October 25, 2017
The Panthers managed just three points in their loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
To be fair to Newton, reporter Joe Person’s question was highly convoluted:
Big plays, big chunk plays, get to that energy I think that you’re talking about. Does this offense—and I know you had several at Detroit and New England—do you think you guys have the wherewithal to do that consistently week in and week out?
Perhaps not coincidentally, Person works for the Charlotte Observer, which also employs Jourdan Rodrigue.
Three weeks ago a question from Rodrigue drew a sexist remark from Newton at the podium. He subsequently lost his sponsorship with Dannon Oikos Yogurt, then made a public apology.
“After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women,” Newton said days after his comments. “And to be honest, that was not my intention. If you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you.
“I’m a man who tries to be a positive role model to my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others. I take ownership to everything that comes with that. What I did was extremely unacceptable.”