A high school football player has apologized after a video went viral of him yelling insults at Cam Newton throughout a seven-on-seven youth event where the New England Patriots quarterback was teaching a team.
The clip confirmed Jseth Owens of Perkiomen Valley High School in Pennsylvania on a sideline repeatedly yelling to the 2015 NFL MVP that he was about to turn out to be “a free agent” and “poor” after a disappointing 2020 NFL season.
Within the clip, Newton responds, “I’m rich,” multiple times earlier than asking to talk with Owens’ father. The clip was tweeted with the caption “Cam got a little triggered.”
Owens took to Twitter late Sunday night to “express my deepest apologies to Cam Newton, my entire org. & my coaches for my actions at the 7v7 tournament this past weekend.”
“My parents never taught me to [be] disrespectful,” Owens wrote. “As a football player I let my competitive side get the best of me & it was a huge miscommunication. It was in the midst of the moment & I realize now how a lot of you took it as disrespect. I never meant to humiliate & let anyone down.”
The clip garnered consideration from a number of NFL players who indicated the younger player ought to have proven more respect for and possibly tried to be taught one thing from a player of Newton’s stature.
Any younger athlete watching this video please don’t be this child, Don’t miss your likelihood to be taught one thing from somebody who has been their on the highest level on this sport…. STAY HUMBLE https://t.co/BCmGPK8w1W
— 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) February 21, 2021
He tried to be funny in entrance of his buddies as a substitute of asking an awesome like Cam, how to beat adversity and be an MVP of a league that you’ve 1% likelihood of constructing. Smh.
AT AN EVENT HE DOESNT HAVE TO BE AT..to help yall..? https://t.co/RNcBEyyccz
— Justin Simmons (@jsimms1119) February 21, 2021
Some Youngsters on this generation don’t respect the fact that Professional players are taking the time out to return out an present love an they’ve the nerves to behave like that.. https://t.co/BO2x40H9EA
— Darius Slay (@bigplay24slay) February 21, 2021
Newton took to social media Sunday to address the situation, saying that he hadn’t been triggered by Owens however that “instead of speaking or going back and forth with a child, I wanted to have a man to man conversation with his father.”
Newton added that relatively than deal with a negative prevalence at a youth event, more emphasis must be positioned on the positive influence the programs and their coaches can have on the younger players.
“As athletes that are often seen on TV, loved by most, hated by some, people often forget we are real dads, real friends, real brothers, real sons, real human beings, etc!!” Newton wrote on Instagram and Fb posts. “With that being said, after I attend tournaments all throughout the country with my all-star team, I’ve given my time, my energy and my experience to those children coming into our program for over 11 years and that’s not what people need to hear and even need to see.
“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 about it, I allow kids to realize [their] ‘out’ by using [their] football talents to get them to the next level and in most cases out of the hood!!”