Cam Newton, Panthers QB, was not very happy at all with fans who were cheering when Browns QB Johnny Manziel suffered an injury during the first half of the game at the Louisiana Superdome, saying that they were “classless”, and this also didn’t go down very well with pay per head agents.
The QB had no choice but to pull out when there were 1:49 left in the game’s first half due to an injury to the hamstring that got worse on a loss of one yard when he was tackled on the sidelines by Carolina LB Luke Kuechly and DB Colin Jones. The player didn’t return to action.
At the game that took place in Bank of America Stadium, there were fans cheering as the player was down and the training staff were attending him.
“The only thing I can say is it was sad to see the crowd’s response when he was getting hurt, man,” said Newton, who was able to lead the Panthers to a win of 17-13 that happened 12 days after he was in a car accident and fractured two small lower back bones.
“I just think it was classless at that time. Anytime a person is hurt, you don’t celebrate. I’ve had that done in my career. It takes the integrity out of the game.”
Many fans were cheering in the game that took place on the 7th of December, when Newton seemed to have suffered an injury after a run of two yards when his team beat the Saints 41-10.
When that happened, Newton brushed it off, but pay per head agents saw that Panthers LB Thomas Davis was not too pleased about it at all.
“There’s really no place for that,” said Davis. “That’s something that as a player, you never want to see a guy get hurt. When the fans are cheering because they think a guy is hurt, that’s disgraceful.”
When Manziel’s day came to an end, the player was only able to complete 3 out of 8 attempts for passes for 32 yards, and afterwards, Newton, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2010, spoke with Manziel, who was the winner of the 2012 Heisman.
“I’m a fan of his just like a lot of people are,” said Newton. “But [there’s] a lot of things he has to learn. It’s a learning curve … I told him I was pulling for him. Hopefully, during the offseason we will link up.
“But for the crowd to respond in that type of way, we’e better than that. That’s not who we are.”