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Cam Newton explains Brock Purdy criticism and responds to Deebo Samuel – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

Cam Newton weighed in…again.

The former Carolina Panthers quarterback explained his recent criticism of Brock Purdy, which included calling the San Francisco signal-caller a “game manager” rather than a “game changer.” game” and a cryptic social media post during Monday’s 49ers-Baltimore Ravens contest. .

“I know I was right, but that doesn’t mean I’m saying Brock Purdy isn’t a good football player,” Newton said on his “4th & 1” podcast, released Wednesday. “…It takes so much for guys to have a dominant game. A lot of those interceptions (against the Ravens) were passes. I know what that feels like. So, it could have been anyone, and I won’t be We’re not advocating hating people because they didn’t have a good game.

“I said what I said. It was never meant to disrespect or degrade anyone. Did I say they are game managers? Yes. It doesn’t is still not a bad connotation. But I said there are only four or five game-changing players in this league. One of them was on display last night. (Ravens QB) Lamar Jackson is able to take over a game at any time or whenever he feels like it. That’s what makes him a game changer.”

Newton also raised a few eyebrows when, during San Francisco’s loss to Baltimore on Christmas night, he sent a timely message on X, formerly known as Twitter, of three monocle emojis. The game was arguably the worst performance of Purdy’s young career, as he threw a career-high four interceptions without a touchdown before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a stinger.

Newton then clarified in a separate video on his X account on Wednesday that the emojis were not intended to harm Purdy.

In that same video, the former NFL MVP also responded to Deebo Samuel after the 49ers receiver called him out during his weekly “Up & Adams” appearance over his criticism of Purdy.

“I used the monocle emoji to basically say, ‘What’s going on here?’ I don’t want to retract my statement. I said what I said. Or in this case, I emojied what I emojied,” Newton said in a NSFW video in which he tagged Samuel. “Now, Deebo. Boy. I’ve been a fan, always a fan. You need to stop calling me, bro. You said something like, ‘Cam, stop calling my phone.’ I don’t fucking have your number. Whoever’s calling you, it’s not my phone calling you. It was so believable I had to go back to my phone (to check). That shit was credible.

“But I don’t even have your number to call or contact you. And if I did, make it available to people. I want the receipts because maybe someone contacts you and I don’t have one. I obviously knew that, but it wasn’t me.

“No, I don’t like it. So whoever calls you, Deebo, it’s not me, bro. But I still fuck with you. And I know you’re emotional about the loss. and you stand up for your teammate, like you should. I’m still a fan, bro.

Newton wasn’t Samuel’s only target, as he also called out Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parsons on “Up & Adams” for his criticism of Purdy during the 49ers’ loss.

“First of all, Cam Newton, stop texting my phone, bro,” Samuel said. “You were a fan two weeks ago. It’s crazy. You wanted me on your podcast after talking about my quarterback, which makes me laugh.

“But back to Micah Parsons. Bro, we beat you (42-10) a long time ago. I don’t understand why he’s so concerned about what’s going on here or anything.”

The plot continues to thicken around a player who pays no attention to the noise outside. But there is a level of uncertainty that this will be the last time we hear from all parties involved.

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