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‘You about to be poor!’ Former NFL MVP Cam Newton is heckled by a high school football player

Video of New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton being heckled by a high school player over his expected release has gone viral, sparking strong reactions from NFL alumni and an apology from the Pennsylvania teenager.

The video shows Perkiomen Valley High School’s Jseth Owens taunting Newton, saying that the soon-to-be-free agent is ‘about to be poor’ when he becomes a free agent in the coming weeks. 

The incident took place at a 7-on-7 tournament in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where Newton struggled for the Patriots in 2020 as Tom Brady’s replacement. The event was organized by Newton’s charitable foundation.

‘You about to be poor,’ Owens said to Newton.

‘I’m rich,’ replied Newton, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn who has earned $122 million over the last decade in the NFL.

Newton’s one-year, $1 million deal with the Patriots will expire in March, but he could be released beforehand to give him a chance to meet with teams before free agency begins.  

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The video shows Perkiomen Valley High School's Jseth Owens taunting Newton, saying that the soon-to-be-free agent is 'about to be poor' when he becomes a free agent in the coming weeks

Video of New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (left) being heckled by a high school player over his expected release has gone viral, sparking strong reactions from NFL alumni and an apology from the Pennsylvania teenager. The video shows Perkiomen Valley High School’s Jseth Owens (right) taunting Newton, saying that the soon-to-be-free agent is ‘about to be poor’ when he becomes a free agent in the coming weeks

Owens (center left) appears to be looking at Newton as he asks where the young man's dad is

Owens (center left) appears to be looking at Newton as he asks where the young man’s dad is 

Newton struggled for the 7-9 Patriots in 2020, tossing eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions in place of Tom Brady, who left the team after 20 years to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Newton's contract will expire soon and he's not expected to return to Foxborough

Newton struggled for the 7-9 Patriots in 2020, tossing eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions in place of Tom Brady, who left the team after 20 years to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Newton’s contract will expire soon and he’s not expected to return to Foxborough

Newton is also heard asking ‘where’s your dad?’

Later, in an Instagram post, Newton explained his reasoning for continuing to speak with the combative Owens.

‘People often forget as athletes that are often seen on TV — loved by most, hated by some — we are real dads, real friends, real brothers, real sons, real human beings,’ Newton wrote on Instagram. ‘With that being said, when I attend tournaments all across the country with my all-star team, I have given my time, my energy and my expertise to these kids coming into our program for over 11 years and that is not what people want to hear or even want to see.

‘People want to see me arguing with another young man and to see me ‘get in my feeling,’ Newton continued. ‘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.’

Owens posted his own apology for the incident on Twitter.

‘First and foremost I want to express my deepest apologies to Cam Newton, my entire org. and my coaches for my actions at the 7v7 tournament this past weekend,’ Owens wrote. 

Owens posted an apology to Newton on Twitter following their exchange

Owens posted an apology to Newton on Twitter following their exchange 

‘I did not intend for it to get as far as it did! First I would like to start off by saying my parents never taught me to (be disrespectful to people). As a football player, I let my competitive side get the best of me and it was a huge miscommunication. 

‘It was in the midst of the moment and I realize now how a lot of you took it as disrespect. I never meant to humiliate and let anyone down. I am very appreciative for 7v7 to even allow me to be a part of the community and allowing me to be a part of the team I am currently on.

‘I realize this can dictate my future as a young man having very big dreams/goals but I will not allow this to stop me from getting where I need to be. So again, I apologize and hope I can be forgiven.’

Newton struggled for the 7-9 Patriots in 2020, tossing eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions in place of Tom Brady, who left the team after 20 years to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Newton’s contract will expire soon and he’s not expected to return to Foxborough 

Several NFL players objected to a young player criticizing a professional who was donating his time to organize a tournament.

‘Some Kids in this generation don’t appreciate the fact that Professional players are taking the time out to come out an (sic) show love an (sic) they have the nerves to act like that,’ tweeted Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay.

‘Any young athlete watching this video please don’t be this kid,’ tweeted Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette. ‘Don’t miss your chance to learn something from someone who has been their at the highest level in this sport…. STAY HUMBLE’

Several NFL players objected to a young player criticizing a professional who was donating his time to organize a camp. 'Some Kids in this generation don't appreciate the fact that Professional players are taking the time out to come out an (sic) show love an (sic) they have the nerves to act like that,' tweeted Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay

Several NFL players objected to a young player criticizing a professional who was donating his time to organize a camp. ‘Some Kids in this generation don’t appreciate the fact that Professional players are taking the time out to come out an (sic) show love an (sic) they have the nerves to act like that,’ tweeted Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay


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