Can you remember a player free-falling out of the good graces of the media like this before? Newton seems to have gone from Rookie Sensation and Media Darling to Jay Cutler status where he can’t catch a break.
“He was a total —-hole,” one AFC player said. “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.”
The Pro Bowl is a laid-back game, one for relaxing, spending time with your peers and unwinding after a tough season. The resort where players are housed is for them and their families only to prevent fan interference.
So when Newton turned down one player’s request for an autograph and a picture for his kids at a function, it angered the player.
“Who the hell did he think they were?” said one player. “The only people around are families. He knew that. Yet he big-timed the guy by saying ‘now’s not the time.'”
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?”
Said another player: “It didn’t matter who it was, he didn’t care about anybody but himself.”
This was almost a year ago… and we are just talking about it now? That’s what I mean… The Media has decided that they hate Cam Newton and is now out there fishing for negative stories about the kid. Pretty amazing to see a player go from one end of the spectrum to the other that quickly.