Cam Newton isn’t one to follow the herd.
From touchdown celebrations, sometimes pointless news conferences to now not complying with simple team rules.
Its grating on many – clearly his coach at the top of the list.
You see, Coach Ron Rivera has a rule. All players must wear a tie. Cam Newton showed up without one, claiming a myriad of things led to his disobedience. However, bottom line is this: if there is a team rule that says you must wear a tie, when you’re packing your suitcase, you make sure you have a tie.
Instead he was benched and his replacement threw an interception during the first series of Sunday’s blowout loss.
Newton is one of the captains of the team and he’s clearly going down with the ship or rather, he’s taking it down with him.
The Carolina Panthers will not only miss the playoff but, in all likelihood, finish last in their division.
We learned a lot about Cam Newton when the team was winning. He was fun, generous, a charismatic guy loving the game.
But you find out a lot about people when things aren’t going well.
It’s getting harder to defend Newton from those who want to describe him as selfish.