Two Reports Say Cam Newton’s Benching Was Strip Club-Related
If I had ten dollars for every time Cam Newton failed to wear a tie to a Panthers game, I could buy Westworld. So it was a little odd when Ron Rivera benched his starting quarterback (for one play) on Sunday when they met the Seahawks for "a dress code violation."
Well, according to two sources (so far), Newton's one-play suspension had nothing to do with the dress code. Barstool Sports and Terez Owens have written that Newton got disciplined by Ron Rivera because he was at a strip club past curfew. Barstool Sports:
I have it on good authority from someone who has steered me right before that this has nothing to do with a dress code. Unless you count the dress code in the strip club Newton took some teammates to while the Panthers were staying out near San Francisco between games on the West Coast.
I live in the Bay Area and vow to get to the bottom of this, even if I have to visit every strip club here. Twice.
Terez Owens also posted the Newton strip club report, although it didn't cite any source and just classified it as "a rumor."
Here's some circumstantial evidence:
Cam Newton loves strip clubs.
— The Tailgate Times (@Tailgate_Times) June 23, 2016
There are many, many examples of him making a mockery of the dress code, and Rivera hasn't done anything about it.
Ron Rivera had a pretty strong case to suspend Cam Newton indefinitely if he wanted. pic.twitter.com/us63T01nve
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) December 5, 2016
But what of this video, allegedly showing Rivera breaking the news to Newton about the dress code discipline?
Barstool says it's been faked.
Even this video is a total fraud. Probably shot and released by the Panthers themselves to simultaneously save the Cam Newton “brand” and make Ron Rivera look like the respected, authoritarian Man of Integrity. And sooner or later the full story will come out about this.
Whatever the truth, the entire thing is very odd. Watching the Panthers implode has been quite fascinating, especially since I'm the only one I know who picked them to miss the playoffs back before the season started.
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