*Things got tense at the Carolina Panthers training camp Monday between Cam Newton and the cornerback who intercepted his pass.
According to reports, Newton came for cornerback Josh Norman, which ended with both players at the bottom of a pile and having to be separated by teammates. Neither player was injured.
The altercation occurred after Norman made a sliding interception against Newton, got up and began to return the ball for a touchdown as defensive players are instructed to do by their coaches. Newton pursued, but coach Ron Rivera said Newton got stiff-armed by Norman along the way.
“It escalated from there,” Rivera said.
As the whistles blew signaling the end of the play, Newton sped up his pursuit of Norman and tackled him near the end zone. The two wrestled on the ground for a few moments as some other players piled on.
Newton and Norman were eventually separated.
An irate Newton got up shouting at Norman — “hit me like that again and you’ll know something” — as he was being restrained by teammates.
After the altercation, veteran linebacker and defensive leader Thomas Davis screamed at the fifth-year quarterback, saying, “That’s stupid. That’s stupid.”
Newton recently was anointed the team’s franchise quarterback, signing a five-year, $103 million contract. Davis and other team leaders know the Panthers cannot afford to have him get hurt.