‘Why It Gotta Be a Black Event?’: Cam Newton Apologizes for Brawl at 7-on-7 Tourney

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Cam Newton is publicly speaking out and apologizing for the brawl between him and several others during a 7-on-7 tournament in Atlanta last weekend.

Video of the scrap quickly went viral as the former NFL player could be seen fighting at least three other men by himself.

Newton did not address the issue for several days. However, on Friday, during his 4th & 1 podcast, Newton took ownership of the affair and lamented the fact that the incident contributed to a negative image of a “black event.”

“There’s no excuse,” Newton said. “It’s really not, ’cause it could’ve been a melee, more violence could’ve stemmed from that, and it’s just not called for. And on top of that, it’s echoing something that’s been permeating for years — black people. Why it gotta be at a black event? You know what I’m saying? And I can easily play the victim, and I’m not going to do that.”

The former Panther also stressed the need to change the behavior and narrative surrounding events like the 7-on-7 tournaments to give young people positive role models.

Newton’s opponents in the scrum, Top Shelf Performance, also shared their version of events.

Neither side is pressing charges.


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