*Cam Newton just found out he’s no longer wanted by the Carolina Panthers who made an official announcement that they were giving him permission to seek a trade.
Minutes later, a very unhappy Newton spoke out about the situation and blasted the team, saying it “forced” him into the situation.
“Stop with the wordplay!!” Newton wrote in a comment using special characters from his verified Instagram account, in response to the Panthers’ post. “I never asked for it!! There is no dodging this one. I love the Panthers to death and will always love you guys!! Please do not try and play me, or manipulate the narrative and act like I wanted this; you forced me into this!!”
Putting his comments in perspective, what he said, came just minutes after the franchise issued a press release that said it met with Newton and his representatives on Tuesday and gave permission for Newton to seek a trade.
Then, to make matters worse for Newton and to really mess his mins up, later in the day, reports emerged that the Panthers had agreed to a three-year deal with Teddy Bridgewater to lead new coach Matt Rhule’s attack, indicating the end of Newton’s nine-year run as the team’s quarterback, reports USA Today.
“One of the distinct pleasures of my career was selecting Cam with the first pick in the 2011 draft,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement. “Every year difficult decisions are made and they are never easy. We have been working with Cam and his agent to find the best fit for him moving forward and he will always be a Carolina Panther in our hearts.”
Something tells us that Hurney’s platitude to Newton doesn’t add up to a hill of beans as far as he’s concerned. Oh well, it looks like he better get on the phone and call some teams to find if he’s wanted anywhere (which we’re sure he is).
By the way, Newton who turns 31 in May, has been Carolina’s most important player since he was selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft. He is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and won the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 2015, the year he helped take the Panthers to Super Bowl 50. Newton was also an all-pro that season.