Cecil Newton did not mince a single word.
Cam Newton spent this week promising that he’d be letting things off his chest on Funky Friday. On Funky Friday morning, he delivered just that. Newton sat down with his father to discuss the quarterback’s release from the Patriots, his feelings on Mac Jones, and much more.
Cecil Newton took it back to last season when Cam was signed to the Patriots and stated his son was given a Patriots team he described as a ‘used civic’ that needed a tune-up.
“They giving you a used Civic. The passenger door is kinda dangling off and it needs a tune up.”
As you know, Tom Brady had left the team last offseason and the wheels had fallen off the franchise for the first time in a long time.
In the conversation, Cam discussed his trip to Atlanta for a second opinion on his foot, so he and the team worked together to set up the trip so that it would follow COVID-19 protocols, as laid out by the league. When he got word that he had violated the league’s protocols, he said he felt “bamboozled.”
“I crossed all the lines, I checked all the boxes, I dotted all my i’s,” Newton explained. “Then to find out that I had to sit out. But I’m like … that’s when I kind of felt bamboozled, because I’m like, ‘Y’all told me to go!’”
“It wasn’t like, ‘Cam, you know if you go, you’re taking it up on your risk now.‘ It was not that,” Newton said. “It was almost to say like, ‘I really need a second opinion.’ [And the Patriots said] ‘You know what, that’s a great idea. As a matter of fact, we could FaceTime.’ We had already arranged everything, and we did it. And I got the COVID tests for what it was.”
“They [the Patriots] gave me clearance to go. So I don’t want nobody to think that I just went up — like, I’m owed a second opinion. That’s just a fact,” Newton said. “The trip was necessary because this was the last time I felt that I was gonna have the opportunity to get a second opinion. Not to say that the personnel with the Patriots wasn’t coherent to telling me everything that I needed to know, but having four eyes on it is better than having two eyes on it, in my opinion. It wasn’t that I was having any issues or pain; I just wanted to do a checkup, with the person who in essence diagnosed me with the Lisfranc. I felt obligated to kind of check back in with like a six-month review, and say, ‘Listen, doc, this is how I’m feeling, like a little pain. It’s manageable but just check it out.’”
He also made it clear that his release from the team wasn’t tied to vaccination status in any way.
“This had nothing to do with no vaccination,” he said.