After being released by the Patriots, Cam Newton released a video that offered extensive thoughts on his time in New England, including his league-mandated absence from practice in late August due to COVID-19 protocols.
The Patriots called it a “misunderstanding” but the former New England quarterback said he felt “bamboozled.”
“I crossed all the lines, I checked all the boxes, I dotted all my i’s,” Newton said of the matter. “Then to find out I had to sit out, that’s when I kind of felt bamboozled, because y’all told me to go.”
“Can we be honest? The reason why they released me is because indirectly I was going to be a distraction, without being the starter. … Just my aura. … That’s my gift and my curse,” Newton said, adding that he would have accepted the backup job.
“I would have said, ‘Absolutely.’”
On Monday, Belichick was asked about Newton’s comments, but as you suspected, he did not offer very much.
“Yeah, I think we’ve already covered all that,” Belichick said, before getting pressed on the subject.
“Look, I have nothing but respect for Cam and everything he did here. We said that after he was released and my feelings toward Cam have not changed.”
The Patriots lost to the Dolphins to open the 2021 regular season.