File this under things you don’t see every day.
Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton led the Carolina Panthers to a 37-29 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but it’s what Newton did before the game that is drawing some unusual attention.
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) November 9, 2015
Newton grabbed the large banner out of Packers fan Mike Dobs’ hands prior to the game, according to the Fayetteville Observer’s Paul Woolverton. Dobs says he told the police at the game that the banner, which Dobs said he paid $500 for, was stolen and he notified Panthers management, according the report.
Here is what Newton had to say after the game:
“It was a Green Bay banner in Bank of America Stadium,” Newton said. “It just doesn’t match. No disrespect to any Green Bay Packer (sic) there, it’s just a respect thing. We take pride in having an edge in playing in front of the Carolinas each and every week.”
“It’s something that I feel it’s my due diligence to protect this house. … You’re not about to sell a Whopper at a McDonald’s. That’s the gist of the story.”
The banner was destroyed and the Panthers informed Dobs that they would “make it up to him,” according to the report.