It seems so quaint now, that for a time last week, Cam Newton calling Ndamukong Suh “Donkey Kong” was a thing.
But because it gained momentary traction between the Ray Rice news of Monday and Adrian Peterson on Friday, the Panthers quarterback felt he had to address it after they beat the Lions yesterday.
“I want to talk about the Donkey Kong situation,” Newton began, via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review. “The initial statement came with me jokingly making a reference to him. It’s sad that in this day and age we still bring up racism. That was not my initial reason. . . . That was not meant to be anything derogatory towards Ndamukong Suh. I respect him as a person. If anything I was trying to say it as a compliment of him wrecking havoc. Me going forward I should have called him ‘Wreck It Ralph.’
“It was just out of my respect for him. It won’t happen again. Poor judgment of words but all in all today was a great win for us.”
The fact that Suh was largely a non-factor in the game helped de-escalate the situation, but the fact it was fairly silly to begin with might be the biggest reason we can be done with it now.