(FreshAsFrankie) Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton‘s contentious relationship with the media was exacerbated Wednesday after the 28-year-old walked out of a press conference mid-interview.
“The big plays, the big chunk plays that get you that energy you’re talking about, is this offense – I know you had several at Detroit and New England – do you guys have the wherewithal to do that consistently, week in and week out?” he asked.
Newton, visibly annoyed, rolled his eyes and simply responded, “Next question.” As a reporter began asking one, Newton abruptly turned and walked away from the podium.
The Panthers quickly went into damage control, chalking the incident up to Newton believing he had answered enough questions for the week.
“Cam didn’t intend to be discourteous toward any specific media member,” the team said in a statement. “In his mind after answering questions for nine minutes he had fulfilled his obligations.”
Newton was last in the news a couple of weeks ago when he mocked a female reporter for asking him about his receivers’ routes.
“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes,” he said.
The comment created an enormous backlash, with Newton facing accusations of sexism.
Watch his latest interaction with the media up top.