It was all fun and games for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during Wednesday’s press conference, until word of that fun got back to Detroit.
Newton called Ndamukong Suh “Donkey Kong Suh” five times during his press conference. The perceived slight has made its rounds in Michigan.
According to FoxSports.com, Suh did not respond to questions about the nickname but instead walked through the locker room with a cell phone to his ear.
On his weekly radio show, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he had not heard Newton’s comments. And when the show hosts began to play it, Caldwell said he didn’t want to hear it.
Digital Access for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
“I’m really not that interested in it, to be honest with you,” Caldwell said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “And for the most part, just like anything else, comments made by any others are not anything that motivates us or fuels us or anything of that nature. And in this particular case, I’d certainly just want to reiterate that.”
Lions defensive tackle C.J. Mosley told Fox Sports that “nobody cares.”
Newton and Suh have competed with each other. In February, the two spent a week in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl as members of Team Sanders, which lost 22-21.