Cam Newton Posts Video Showing Conversation With High School Football Player At 7v7 Tournament
You may have seen or heard about that video of a high school player heckling Cam Newton at a camp coaching his 7v7 team. We have some updates for you now in the aftermath of all that, both from Newton and the high schooler.
Here’s a quick recap on what happened according to ESPN: “A high school football player who was seen on video trash-talking Cam Newton has apologized to the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player…an abbreviated part of the video, in which Newton was repeatedly taunted as a free-agent-to-be who was ‘about to be poor,’ sparked passionate reaction from Newton’s NFL peers. It occurred at a 7-on-7 football tournament, with Newton coaching his longtime team through his charitable foundation.”
Sports Illustrated described the video as beginning “with the young player repeatedly yelling ‘you a free agent’ to Newton to which the quarterback responded with ‘I’m rich.’ ‘You about to be poor,’ the…player said in response. Newton then asked the…heckler where his father was and asked to speak with him all the while he continued to say ‘you’re a free agent’ as both of them continued to speak over each other.”
The high school football player apologized in a statement on Twitter:
“…I want to express my deepest apologies to Cam Newton, my entire org, & my coaches for my actions at the 7v7 tournament this past weekend,” the high school football player said. “I did not intend for it to get as far as it did! First I would like to start off by saying my parents never taught me to (treat) people disrespectful(ly). As a football player I let my competitive side get the best of me & it was a huge miscommunication. It was in the midst of the moment & I realize now how a lot of you took it as disrespect.”
The high school football player went on to say:
“I never meant to humiliate & let anyone down,” the high school football player said. “I am very appreciative for 7v7 to even allow me to be (a part) of the community & allowing me to be (a part) of the team I am currently on. I realize this can dictate my future as a young man having very big dreams/goals but I will not allow this to spot me from getting where I need to be. So again, I apologize & hope I can be forgiven.
Cam Newton gave context to the situation and posted this video: “WHAT YOU DIDN’T SEE”:
“I see there are a lot of things festering out there that I see have took place over the weekend,” Newton said in the Instagram post with that signature font. “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!!”
Newton went on to talk about how athletes are actual dads, friends, brothers, sons, and humans, just like everyone else!
“PEOPLE OFTEN FORGET AS ATHLETES that are often seen on TV, loved by most hated by some, people often forget we are real DADs, real FRIENDS< real BROTHERs, real SONs, REAL HUMAN BEINGS etc.!! With that being said, when I attend tournaments all across the country with my allstar team @camnewton7v7; 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…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 bout it. I allow kids to realize (their) 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!!😉”Cam Newton, part of his Instagram post
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