Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell’s perceived slight of quarterback Cam Newton on Wednesday brought enough blowback that he has sworn off Twitter for a month.
LaFell signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Patriots recently, and in a conference call with New England reporters LaFell said joining a winning organization with an elite quarterback was a big draw to him in free agency.
“I had a chance to play with a Hall of Fame quarterback (in New England’s Tom Brady),” LaFell told reporters, according to ESPN.com. “One day Cam will be there probably but he’s not there now.
“I feel like it was a better chance to come up here and get more balls and win than it was in Carolina. Nothing against those guys. It’s a great organization and those guys are going to win, but it’s proven up here, man. We were winning last year in Carolina. These guys were winning up here the last 10-plus years. So why not come to a winning organization?”
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Many Panthers fans took LaFell’s comments as a slight toward Newton and the organization, and they were quick to point out LaFell struggled with drops throughout his four-year career in Carolina.
“U right Cam didn’t make me drop balls nor did I say he did.” LaFell posted on his Twitter account. “So please continue on with your day thank you.”
Minutes later, he told his 25,000-plus followers that he would be taking a month-long break from Twitter.