Bill Belichick not saying much about the reason for Cam Newton’s absence

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A misunderstanding regarding COVID protocols resulted in Patriots quarterback Cam Newton being barred from the team facility for five days. The statement from the team was vague. Not surprisingly, coach Bill Belichick added no clarity when talking to reporters on Thursday.

Here’s the question, from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe: “I don’t quite get Newton was gone for you for five days and it was characterized as a misunderstanding. Was he told he could go, or did he not know the rule, or did you not know the rule?”

“I don’t really have anything to add, Dan,” Belichick said. “We released a statement. I think that covered it as thoroughly as we can without getting into lengthy things, so let’s leave it at that.”

Belichick was pressed on whether the team didn’t know the rules or Newton broke the rules and, ultimately, whether he violated team rules.

“No,” Belichick said. “He didn’t go against team rules, but there was a misunderstanding, and it’s exactly what I said it was in the statement.”

Next question: “So he was unaware he would lose the five days?”

“It’s exactly what I said it was in the statement,” Belichick said.

But it’s still vague, and it’s highly likely that the Patriots at all times knew the rules and that they don’t want to embarrass Newton by explaining to the world his failure to understand the very simple and clear rule that, as an unvaccinated player, he’s required to be tested at the team facility every day.

Every day means (wait for it) every day. There’s some flexibility in that; a player could be tested in the morning of a Monday and leave town and return on Tuesday and as long as he’s tested before Tuesday ends, he’s in compliance.

Newton apparently presumed, incorrectly and somewhat inexplicably, that he could get a test wherever he wanted while out of town. That’s clearly not the case, as Newton now knows. The team surely thinks he should have known the rule before learning about it the hard way. The team gains nothing by sharing that with the world, if that’s what happened.

38 responses to “Bill Belichick not saying much about the reason for Cam Newton’s absence

  1. Cam prob thought as it was team-authored medical trip and he was tested there it was ok (like an equivalent), after all it wasn’t a night club. It wasn’t ok, but I bet many would assume like him it would be. And Pats prob assumed he knew and didn’t remind him. End of.

  2. It’s what a lot of entitled Millennials do. Newton is probably so used to doing what he wants, he slipped here.

    Why doesn’t the media ask Cam Newton, the 32 year old adult?

  3. Newton is on his way out and he knows it. Why not get into it with the team and maybe get traded to someplace he can start, like the Colts.

  4. oh no, im thinking cam is going to be ill prepared for the season opener…
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    not sure that will matter

  5. touchback6 says:

    August 26, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    It’s what a lot of entitled Millennials do. Newton is probably so used to doing what he wants, he slipped here.

    Why doesn’t the media ask Cam Newton, the 32 year old adult?

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    Why should they ask Newton? Isnt it Belichicks team? Hes the coach that you have repeatedly is said is pretty much responsible for everything from the invention of the wheel and fire on so if you want to give him all the credit for everything then he should also get all the blame which includes players not being coached well enough to know the rules, the buck stops at Belichick right?

  6. Seems to me the entire Patriot organization has had problems with “THE RULES” over the years. It is systemic.

  7. It amazes me how disrespectful the media can be. The guy said he was done answering quesitons on the topic and they just keep on pressing the coach when he obviously was done discussing it. No manners anymore.

  8. Tannehill and Newton. One vaccinated one not. Both banned from being with team. This is why lots of players simply say stick that needle where the sun don’t shine.

  9. Shamessy gets no answers ever, end of story. Persona non grata in Belichick’s book and deservedly so. One of the many old guard entitled boston media who made the foolish career mistake of trying to run BB out of town from the moment Kraft hired him. Go boack into your semi-retirement hole and revisit all the times you pronounced the Greatest Coach in NFL History to be washed up.

  10. Seems to me the “genius “ (lol) didn’t know the rules either. Brady can’t make you look smart anymore

  11. When Belichick says that he is done answering questions about certain topics, believe him. He will stand up there in long, awkward silence just to drive the point home.

  12. That always works with Belichick. Just keep asking the same question. He always cracks, and gives reporters the headlines they are looking for.

  13. Here’s the question, from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe: “I don’t quite get Newton was gone for you for five days and it was characterized as a misunderstanding. Was he told he could go, or did he not know the rule, or did you not know the rule?”
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    “Shank” Shaughnessy still being a ****head after all these years….

  14. Simple. Information helps the opponents. So Belichick and those who wish to stay in his favor say next to nothing. Always. Just another small part of why the Patriots are the greatest dynasty in the history of professional sports. Attention to the small things.

  15. Sunday Swami says:
    August 26, 2021 at 1:53 pm
    touchback6 says:

    August 26, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    It’s what a lot of entitled Millennials do. Newton is probably so used to doing what he wants, he slipped here.

    Why doesn’t the media ask Cam Newton, the 32 year old adult?

    ————
    Why should they ask Newton? Isnt it Belichicks team? Hes the coach that you have repeatedly is said is pretty much responsible for everything from the invention of the wheel and fire on so if you want to give him all the credit for everything then he should also get all the blame which includes players not being coached well enough to know the rules, the buck stops at Belichick right?

    12 25 Rate This

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    So the adult qb and supposed leader of the team shouldn’t be held accountable as an adult?

    Reports are the team is not happy with Newton’s stupidity. I would have cut him, but beyond that opinion, Cam Newton is in the wrong here by not taking his “choice” more seriously and being a responsible adult.

    BB covering for his stupidity is classy but also the wrong message.

    Newton should have also taken 2nd reps as punishment.

  16. 50Stars says:
    August 26, 2021 at 1:57 pm
    It amazes me how disrespectful the media can be. The guy said he was done answering quesitons on the topic and they just keep on pressing the coach when he obviously was done discussing it. No manners anymore.
    ____________

    The problem, of course, is that no answers were provided. It is a journalist’s job to get answers to questions, not just to ask them. Without journalists getting those answers you would no meaningful information about the team.

  17. We are on to Miami.

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    That will be the reason if Pats win, Mac Jones or Cam Newton is to be blamed if they lose.

  18. Sunday Swami says:
    August 26, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Why should they ask Newton? Isnt it Belichicks team? Hes the coach that you have repeatedly is said is pretty much responsible for everything from the invention of the wheel and fire on so if you want to give him all the credit for everything then he should also get all the blame which includes players not being coached well enough to know the rules, the buck stops at Belichick right?
    _____________

    Does your keyboard not have an apostrophe? I’ve never seen a person who so consistently fails to properly punctuate contractions and possessives.

  19. When Parcells coached the Pats he would’ve said “She didn’t get the vaccine.”

  20. Cam would probably just blame it on “Covid Fog”, like he did with his terrible performance last year.

  21. The shot at Newton being a “Millenial” seems pretty bigoted. As if Boomers and GenXer’s totally have followed all COVID protocols?

  22. Tom Pelissero, of NFL Network, tweeted a part of the NFL’s memo to teams on June 16th. It states that players must be vaccinated every day. It does not mention that the testing has to be at the team facility. That part of the memo gave inaccurate information and if we’re all being honest most of us will look at the nice table not the fine print in a memo. I mean, graphics are intended for quick reference. I’m sure every boomer that reads this has read every line of document ever presented to them, spare us your entitled condemnation, we get you’ve never made a mistake. Cam absolutely bears responsibility for knowing the rules he’s subject to, and the NFL should not have distributed inaccurate information. Saying “Cam misunderstood the protocol” is no more embarrassing then saying the team didn’t execute. The question of whose misunderstanding is valid and honestly his dodging on the issue makes me think it wasn’t Cam who misunderstood.

  23. danimal1974 says:
    August 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm
    The shot at Newton being a “Millenial” seems pretty bigoted. As if Boomers and GenXer’s totally have followed all COVID protocols?

    ++++++++++++++++

    Actually, I think the posters comments were more directly targeted at Millenials sense of entitlement than Covid protocols.

  24. theoriginalsurferbob says:
    August 26, 2021 at 2:01 pm
    Tannehill and Newton. One vaccinated one not. Both banned from being with team. This is why lots of players simply say stick that needle where the sun don’t shine.

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    Newton already had Covid. He had better antibodies than he could possibly get with the vaccine. The question is, why does the league not recognize this?

  25. gibson45 says:

    August 26, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    Sunday Swami says:
    August 26, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Why should they ask Newton? Isnt it Belichicks team? Hes the coach that you have repeatedly is said is pretty much responsible for everything from the invention of the wheel and fire on so if you want to give him all the credit for everything then he should also get all the blame which includes players not being coached well enough to know the rules, the buck stops at Belichick right?
    _____________

    Does your keyboard not have an apostrophe? I’ve never seen a person who so consistently fails to properly punctuate contractions and possessives

    ————
    And yet every point is valid while typed from my phone unlike the stuff you make up so instead you try to come at me for grammatical errors 🤣🤣🤣 go troll someone else

  26. touchback6 says:

    August 26, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Sunday Swami says:
    August 26, 2021 at 1:53 pm
    touchback6 says:

    August 26, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    It’s what a lot of entitled Millennials do. Newton is probably so used to doing what he wants, he slipped here.

    Why doesn’t the media ask Cam Newton, the 32 year old adult?

    ————
    Why should they ask Newton? Isnt it Belichicks team? Hes the coach that you have repeatedly is said is pretty much responsible for everything from the invention of the wheel and fire on so if you want to give him all the credit for everything then he should also get all the blame which includes players not being coached well enough to know the rules, the buck stops at Belichick right?

    12 25 Rate This

    ————————-

    So the adult qb and supposed leader of the team shouldn’t be held accountable as an adult?

    Reports are the team is not happy with Newton’s stupidity. I would have cut him, but beyond that opinion, Cam Newton is in the wrong here by not taking his “choice” more seriously and being a responsible adult.

    BB covering for his stupidity is classy but also the wrong message.

    Newton should have also taken 2nd reps as punishment.
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    No, I’m using what you say. It was all Belichick and not Brady and that Belichick is and was the leader and Brady was just another player in the Patriots system. If that’s the case then Cam Newton is just another player in the “patriots system” so if Newton doesn’t know the rules/didnt follow them that’s part of the “patriots way” and Belichicks way as well because he allowed it. The point being if YOU trollback6 want to praise him for anything and everything good and claim it was all him then anything and everything bad has to be him as well so there is no need for anyone else to answer.

  27. “Last year the Patriot fans loved Newton. Things change quickly.”
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    I don’t remember anybody really being in love with Newton. Certainly not the Stidham crowd since they saw him as a barrier to Stidham’s eventually making everybody forget about Brady. The Stidham era was the funniest 3-4 weeks I’d ever seen. There was even some guy on here who quoting all the “preseason records” Stidham had set as proof of how great he was.

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