A Cam Newton press conference is once against gaining attention during the middle of the week. This time, he walked out of one.
After being asked a question by Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Newton rolled his eyes with more precision and grace than a bowler getting a perfect 300 score, and walked out of the room in disgust:
How Cam Newton’s press conference ended today. Left abruptly after answering a question about getting chunk plays with “next question.” pic.twitter.com/5bnPyo7XT8
— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) October 25, 2017
Person asked, “The big plays, the big chunk plays that get you that energy you’re talking about, is this offense — I know you had several at Detroit and New England — do you guys have the wherewithal to do that consistently, week in and week out?”
That’s when Newton said, “Next question,” and then paused before walking off. He answered questions for more than nine minutes prior to leaving.
As far as those big plays go, the Panthers have been average. They’re 20th in passing plays of 25 yards or more with 11, and 15th in running plays of 10 yards or more with 19.
As of late, the big plays haven’t been there like they were earlier in the season when the Panthers were rolling. Against New England and Detroit, they had five plays of 20-plus yards in each contest. The past two weeks, they’ve had two.
Newton didn’t talk to reporters last week, and Ron Rivera was unaware of Newton’s plan to not attend his weekly presser.
“I just found out,” Rivera said via ESPN’s David Newton. “I thought he had a press conference today, but apparently not.”
Team spokesman Steve Drummond was also unaware of Newton’s plan to avoid the media. Not only did Newton not show up for his regularly scheduled press conference, but he also declined to speak to the media during an open locker room session.
This is a continuation of Newton’s first press conference mishap, when he made a sexist comment directed at the Charlotte Observer’s Jourdan Rodrigue. Newton would later apologize about the comment in a video posted to Twitter, but did not mention Rodrigue by name.
It’s not known what made Newton upset. The question wasn’t a bad one, but it was apparently the last straw for him at said press conference.