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Cam Newton hits the road with trash-talking kid, but Twitter reactions don’t

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It’s not uncommon for NFL players to deal with trash talk, but it is out of the ordinary when its source is from someone who not only isn’t in the league, but isn’t even old enough to play there.

But a video that surfaced on Sunday shows 10-year NFL veteran Cam Newton exercising considerable patience and restraint with what appears to be a stuffy football camper. It is not known when and where the video was recorded, but it probably happened within the past year, given that the kid repeatedly used the chorus, “You are a free agent.”

The video, which comes from TikTok, shows the unnamed kid continuing to trash-talk Newton, calling him “a -“, saying he’s “poor” and repeating that he is – or is on. the point of becoming – a free agent. Newton tries to stop the child by saying several times: “I am rich” (which he is, having done $ 122 million more than 10 seasons in the NFL) before asking to see the player’s father. It is not known how the confrontation ended.

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Newton, you will recall, won the Blinn College Junior National Championship; the BCS National Championship in Auburn; the Heisman Trophy; became the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft; won the 2015 NFL MVP title; and took the Panthers to Super Bowl 50. While his year in New England was certainly below-par, that doesn’t reflect what has been an incredible amateur and professional career.

A Twitter account titled “Carolina Blitz” later released a statement from Newton; he defended his actions, saying he tried to put an end to the unnecessary back and forth with “the child” and to 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 child, unfortunately, remained stubborn.

Perhaps he would have done better to ask Newton what it takes to be successful at the highest level of the sport than to speak at close range. While Newton seemed to be taking the high road in the showdown, Twitter was far from obliging; several users criticized the child for the disrespect he showed in the brief clip:


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