Cam Newton “felt bamboozled” by having to sit out five days after team-approved doctor visit

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Patriots quarterback Cam Newton said on Friday that he doesn’t think missing five days of practice after a violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols caused him to be released from the team, but he said he wouldn’t have gone to Atlanta to see a doctor about his foot if he knew it would result in being away from the team for a longer period of time.

Newton said he went to the doctor who diagnosed his Lisfranc injury several years ago because it was his last chance to do so before the start of the regular season. As the Patriots noted in a statement, the trip was done with the team’s knowledge and approval but Newton was held out because of “a misunderstanding about tests conducted away from NFL facilities.”

In a YouTube video with his father, Newton said he would “absolutely not” have gone if he’d known what the outcome would be.

“I crossed all the lines, I checked all the boxes, I dotted all my i’s. Then to find out I had to sit out, that’s when I kinda felt bamboozled, because y’all told me to go,” Newton said.

NFL protocols require unvaccinated players to test at team facilities daily. A player could test early in the morning on one day and late at night on the second day while traveling to and from the team’s city in between the tests without violating the protocol, but it’s not clear what the misunderstanding was that led Newton to miss that time in August.

28 responses to “Cam Newton “felt bamboozled” by having to sit out five days after team-approved doctor visit

  1. And people wonder why nobody rushes to sign this guy, blah blah blah. Cam loves him some Cam. But he is not good, bottom line

  2. That could very well had been the truth. It certainly wasn’t intentional on either side. But the fact remains, it likely wouldn’t have changed the outcome. Jones was simply a better fit for the offense the Pats want to run long term. He was always just going to be a place holder. Only most of us thought he was going to hold that place a bit longer.

  3. Cam, what if.. And this is just a crazy thought here.. you had gotten Vaccinated before the trip so you wouldn’t have to have been held out in quarantine?

    I know, it’s nuts.

  4. You obviously did not cross all the lines, check all the boxes and dot your i’s if you forgot to return to be tested for covid. I’m sure you read the rules when you decided not to be vaccinated.

  5. If you had just gotten vaccinated you wouldn’t have missed the time. Life has consequences, sometimes they are unexpected. Real men own their actions whether they feel at fault or not.

  6. It doesn’t matter. None of that matters. He’s just not good enough to start in this league anymore.


  7. So, he’s in the video with that same father, the minister, who tried to sell him to the highest bidder when he was being recruited to college. That father. It doesn’t take a lot to figure out why the son turned out as he has!

    Instead of focusing on what he needed to and winning the starting job or improving as a passer in over a decade, he’s on YouTube essentially saying he was wronged!

  8. In the NFL,… going against the grain usually is the first step in becoming a free agent,…. but not by choice.

  9. I think everything we need to know about Cam Newton being released is on the video of the last pre-season game. Of course, we wouldn’t know for sure unless we knew what the play calls were; but Mac Jones looked much sharper and on schedule. But that thing he said about taking the trip to check about the Lisfranc is also a red flag.

  10. Limited versatility + bad throwing mechanics + ‘too cool for school’ attitude = getting released

  11. Don’t burn bridges Cam especially with the only team willing to give you a chance two years in a row. Wow. What a carreer misstep.

  12. Here’s a thought use a little of the 121 million you earned playing for the Panthers and fly the doctor up for the day…

    Seems like you were hoodwinked by BB

  13. It’s very simple Cam, all you had to do is get vaccinated and understand NFL protocols that’s it it’s not rocket science.

  14. He actually went into great detail about the reason why he got released, although from him it came out more as a complaint. He was like “they were trying to get me to identify the mike out there… I can tell you that 30 out of 32 teams don’t expect the QB to do that. That is the center’s job, everyone knows that.” (paraphrased) And his father agrees emphatically.

    So he was saying he wasn’t going to learn what they wanted him to because basically no one else in the league was expected to know that. If Mac was going through the paces to learn that, yeah… Mac deserves to be the QB. That is how they work and Mac stepped up to learn how they do things. Cam is a liability every time he lines up for a snap because he isn’t doing his job. He puts more pressure on the other 10 lining up with him and that is not what the Pats need. Mac did it, Cam is expendable.

  15. I like Cam. I believe he worked hard.

    He should know when it comes to your profession you don’t complain and you don’t explain.

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