Cam Newton says there has not been any fallout from the chewing out he got from teammate Steve Smith in the closing minutes of the Carolina Panthers’ loss last Thursday to the New York Giants.
Smith said afterward that he “lit into” Newton in a conversation that included some choice words.
“Steve Smith talks to me every single day. And obviously it’s a teaching moment, so for you to just single something out like that is kind of bogus for me," Newton said, according to Jonathan Joseph of the Charlotte Observer. "Because after this meeting he’s probably going to say something to me. I look up to Smitty as if he’s my big brother, and he has a very big impact on how I play and just having a mindset because he has done it and has lived it.
"I have much respect for Smitty, and yeah he talked to me after the game, but he talked to me the day after too, and will probably talk to me again today. It’s nothing like when Smitty talks to me it’s a big deal because I feel like I can call Smitty on any case—on the field or off the field."
This is good news. There is no reason to believe a divide has been created between the players. But the Panthers have to go out and perform better offensively and they face a tough challenge this week against the Atlanta Falcons.
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