Cam Newton on Packers banner: A matter of respect
A Green Bay Packers fan who had his banner snatched down by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton at Sunday’s game reportedly told police at Bank of America Stadium that it was stolen.
And he’s claiming if the team doesn’t make good on a pledge to make it up to him, he’s going to take further action, The Fayetteville Observer reported.
The fan’s banner had a green map of North Carolina with the Green Bay logo in the middle and the words “North Carolina Cheesehead.” Newton noticed the sign during warm ups before Sunday’s game versus the Packers and ripped it down.
“It just doesn’t match,” Newton told reporters after the game. “… I was passing, the sign was dangling. Either somebody was going to have to take it off or I’d take it off. And it’s no disrespect to nobody, it’s more of a respect to the stadium.”
But the sign’s owner is crying foul.
Mike Dobs, who lives in Fayetteville, told the Fayetteville Observer that his family was excited when they saw Newton running up to them. “We thought he was going to sign our banner,” Dobs told the paper. “We were happy to see him – and he ripped it out of our hands.”
Dobs said he complained to Panthers’ management, and was told the team would make it up to him, the Fayetteville Observer reported. (Free tickets to a few Panthers game, maybe?)
Banners are allowed in Bank of America stadium, but must comply with various NFL guidelines. Dobs told the Fayetteville newspaper that the banner was pre-approved by the stadium.