Anyone who watched the 2012 Pro Bowl — yes, we watched — saw that rookie Cam Newton had a rough go of the usual powder puff game between the AFC and NFC, throwing three interceptions and generally tossed around by a pass rush rarely seen in Hawaii. The one sack of the entire game was against Newton. At the time, the popular theory was the AFC squad was retaliating for the trick plays run by the NFC team, including an fake punt and an onside kick.
Today CBS Senior Columnist Pete Prisco wrote that it wasn’t just a bad game for Newton, it was a statement being made by the rest of the players in the Pro Bowl that they were not going to stand any sort of disrespect from the rookie.
According to several players in the game, some from both teams, Newton’s standoffish, diva ways made him enemy No. 1 in the eyes of some of the players.
“He was a total —-hole,” one AFC player said. “Who did he think he was? He acted like the big shit. Here he was at his first game and he acted like he was the star. Guys didn’t like that.”
Diva antics of course are generally only allowed when playing wide receiver. Even worse, he insulted one of the most respected teammates by NFL players, Ray Lewis.
That player said Newton did the unthinkable and even dissed Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
“That’s the godfather there,” one player said. “Can you believe he did that?”
Absolutely not, especially knowing Ray-Ray’s past.
Could Newton seen his on field abuse coming? If you go back and watch a pre-Pro Bowl interview with Cam on NFL.com, the response he gives to the question “Has there been any hazing at all?” around the :20 mark is a little uncomfortable.
“Just don’t tell your room number, that’s all. [Laughs] I think my room number is already out. But, I gotta go, gotta go clear that tab up.”
Oof. If you’re already paying for everyone’s late-night chicken fingers, pizza and beer, you might want to lighten up around the other players. Or conversely, if everyone around you is charging their snacks to your room, screw them and their autograph desires.