Cam Newton’s $1,500 offer came after he missed a prior flight

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For an NFL media operation in the slow time of the calendar, you don’t pick the stories, the stories pick you.

In an important update to the circumstances that resulted in Panthers quarterback Cam Newton unsuccessfully offering $1,500 for a front-row seat in coach from Paris back to the United States, Andy Slater fills in the gaps as to why Newton wasn’t in first class in the first place.

Apparently, Newton had missed an earlier flight from France to Charlotte, on which he had a business-class seat. He ended up on a plane that would go to North Carolina through North Texas, in coach.

The six-foot, five-inch quarterback wanted more leg room, but he was spurned in his effort to purchase an on-the-spot upgrade.

And that’s where Paul Harvey say, with a trademark pause in the middle, “now you know . . . the rest of the story.” Even if you didn’t want to know any of it.

23 responses to “Cam Newton’s $1,500 offer came after he missed a prior flight

  1. I want to know what the guy who turned down the $1,500 does for a living.

  2. Why buy that seat and take that flight if you don’t want that seat on that flight? You’re a multi-millionaire. Spend another day or two in Europe until you can get a flight with a first class seat available.

  3. At Rob I think this was a return trip from the World Cup and I imagine if you were on that flight you must likely had money, at least that’s what I heard

  4. The guy he asked reportedly said, “Wouldn’t you rather hang on to that $1,500 and buy yourself some nice clothes?”

  5. Folks….who cares. If we all had the money we’d probably do the same. It’s not a big deal. I hate being squished into those seats for long flights. I don’t blame him.

  6. As someone who travels about 50,000 miles a year, I can tell you that if I had his money I would never, ever, fly coach. I don’t care if I had to wait three days to get home, I would never go back there again. And I’m only 5’9″.

  7. How is it that no one has mentioned how much the 1st class seat actually cost the current occupant of that seat? For a 10 hour flight, I’d bet that seat cost the guy sitting in it every bit of $1,000 or more. Did he offer him $1,500 PLUS the cost of the seat, or just $1,500? Either way I can’t blame the guy. I’ve been offered as much as $900 to wait for the next flight out and still refused. Plane rides suck. Especially 10 hour plane rides. Perhaps if CAM sweetened the pot he would have had the seat. It doesn’t appear like he offered all that much for it.

  8. It’s about time he learned that there are people in the world who don’t agree with his exaggerated worth of entitlement. Wanna bet the 99% of the people on that airplane would have switched seats for a wounded veteran without any offer of money and would have been honored to do it?
    And kudos to the airline for not listening to his fluff and bluster.

  9. If Cam asked me to switch seats, I would have said yes, if you’ll throw-in a Christian McCaffrey signed jersey.

  10. iggles07 says:
    June 24, 2019 at 3:47 pm
    How is it that no one has mentioned how much the 1st class seat actually cost the current occupant of that seat? For a 10 hour flight, I’d bet that seat cost the guy sitting in it every bit of $1,000 or more. Did he offer him $1,500 PLUS the cost of the seat, or just $1,500? Either way I can’t blame the guy. I’ve been offered as much as $900 to wait for the next flight out and still refused. Plane rides suck. Especially 10 hour plane rides. Perhaps if CAM sweetened the pot he would have had the seat. It doesn’t appear like he offered all that much for it.
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    The reason no one mentions it is because they were in coach

  11. If you can afford a first class ticket from France you don’t need his $1500. I’ve flown coach multiple times to Europe, after a few hours in if they sold those seats for $1500 they would sell out instantly.

  12. I would have asked for his hat and sunglasses, autographed. Thrown them on the floor like a fumbled football, dove to the floor for them. Recovered my items, tell him Von Miller says hi, ask to see his super bowl ring.

    As long as it was recorded, I would have given him my seat.

  13. crackfinger says:
    June 25, 2019 at 1:55 am
    With his money he could have chartered a private jet
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    Let me guess, you are perennially broke, aren’t you? And probably can’t figure out why. Talk about a fool and his money! He should charter a jet for a transatlantic flight? Can you even begin to imagine how much that would cost? I recommend you stay away from the keyboard when you are that drunk/high, and forget about driving, too.

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