Cam Newton is never one to shy away from a debate– even if it happens at his own football camp.
Over the weekend, a video of a young football player mouthing off at Newton went viral. The video clip shows the kid yelling at Newton that he currently doesn’t have a starting position in the NFL.
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“You a free agent,” the young player says repeatedly. After Newton responds by saying, “I’m rich,” the teen says, “You about to be poor.”
Newton asked to speak to the child’s father, but he just continues to yell, “You a free agent.”
Heckling a professional football player is a pretty odd thing to do, so it was no surprise that Twitter came to Newton’s defense. But rather than being defensive with the young ballplayer, Newton shared another video of him attempting to have a conversation with him afterward, being civil and using it as a teaching moment. As he tells the kid not to be shy, he continues talking and tells Newton to check out his highlights on YouTube.
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The player’s coach stepped in as the conversation ended and the rest of the day’s games kicked off. To solve any confusion, Cam hopped on Instagram to explain the situation.
“People want to see me arguing with another young man and to see me get in my feelings … but the truth is this, I impact kids’ lives in a positive way, make no mistake,” Newton wrote in the caption, with his traditional hard-to-read font.
The kid, named Jseth Owens, went on to apologize for his actions, saying, “As a football player I let my competitive side get the best of me,” and he understands why the interaction was seen as a sign of disrespect.
Check out what Twitter had to say in the gallery below.
Cam Newton Heckled At His Own Football Camp Reactions
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High school kid: you’re a free agent you’re trash— PMT memes (@PardonMyMeme) February 22, 2021
Cam Newton: pic.twitter.com/f9OFn8H4hd
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"it takes a village to raise a child"— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) February 22, 2021
TWITTER: APOLOGIZE TO CAM NEWTON!! *12 hrs later *
THAT APOLOGLY WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH YOU LIL MUTHAFCKA!!! SOMEBODY NEED TO TEACH THESE KIDS!! WHY AINT THESE KIDS PERFECT EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE STILL AT THE "MISTAKE MAKING" AGE?!!!!!!
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This is the only highlight I could find on that kid at Cam Newton’s camp pic.twitter.com/Tsx2KtsjRm— A1 Auburn Fan (@A1Auburn) February 22, 2021
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Trying to read Cam Newton’s post like: pic.twitter.com/CCH8I1R8Rd— ✞✞ ᴛᴀᴋᴀᴍɪ ✞✞ (@LostSaiyanBroly) February 22, 2021
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Just a few pictures of Cam Newton being mean to some kids pic.twitter.com/iPmy30OJhw— Locked out Jacksoñ (@JSJohn14) February 22, 2021
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Cam Newton doesn’t have to do these camps. None of these athletes have to do anything to give back. This kid is ungrateful and choosing to take this opportunity not to soak in whatever Cam is showing him but chase clicks. https://t.co/JiYc9CZ8lv— Nick Russo (@N_Russ0) February 21, 2021
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You disrespected Cam Newton at his camp... the kid closed alot of doors and he don't even know it.— Cameron Rolle (@CRolleLB52) February 21, 2021
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Imagine getting close enough to talk to Cam Newton at a football camp and you squander it like this https://t.co/bDMOQj6NJY— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) February 21, 2021
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Cam Newton is a nice guy cuz he should’ve made the kid do the Oklahoma drill in front of his mama and made an example out of this cornball. https://t.co/HZRDQRUd9T— Ahmed/Lakers stink🇸🇴 (@big_business_) February 21, 2021
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Man I wish I had NFL players at my 7 on 7. Let alone a player as elite as Cam Newton. Reality check, You got a guy who has reached every mile stone that we dreamed of as kids. You supposed to be picking his brain, being a sponge. Not a annoying fly that caused no damage to him https://t.co/b1gENqCCPr— Marquez V-S (@MVS__11) February 21, 2021
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The kid: Hey dad, I told Cam Newton he was ass and hes gonna be poor soon. He wants to talk to you.— Big Mike from the Woods (@QreamAbdulJabar) February 21, 2021
The dad: pic.twitter.com/uvZAiHwTXj
Twitter Reacts To Kid Heckling Cam Newton At His Own Football Camp was originally published on cassiuslife.com