Kelvin Benjamin Explains Why He Walked Away From Cam Newton And Refused To Shake His Hand During Tense Confrontation
Earlier this week, Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin blasted his former teammate, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, while speaking to the media. Benjamin told reporters that he felt he would have been better off playing for a QB with better accuracy like Eli Manning or Ben Roethlisberger.
Via CBS Sports
Q: The last play of your college career, you caught a touchdown to win the national title for Florida State with 13 seconds left. Then you set rookie receiving records for Carolina. Things turned in 2015. How would you assess your career since your rookie season?
A: I mean, I felt like I would’ve been even more successful if … I don’t know, man … If I would’ve … Looking back on it, I should’ve just been drafted by somebody else. I should’ve never went to Carolina. Truly, I just think Carolina was bad for me. It was a bad fit from the get-go.
If you would’ve put me with any other quarterback, let’s be real, you know what I’m saying? Any other accurate quarterback like Rodgers or Eli Manning or Big Ben — anybody! — quarterbacks with knowledge, that know how to place a ball and give you a better chance to catch the ball. It just felt like I wasn’t in that position.
Kelvin even doubled down on his comments on Twitter.
Before yesterday’s preseason game between the Bills and Panthers, Newton tried to shake Benjamin’s hand but Benjamin chose to walk away which prompted Newton to follow him around.
After the game Benjamin was asked about the confrontation with Newton.
Here’s the full quote of Benjamin’s exchange with the media.
“Moving on from it,” Benjamin said repeatedly. “Just moving on from it.”
A reporter asked what Newton was trying to say to him.
“I wasn’t even trying to listen,” Benjamin said.
Benjamin was later asked if this was at all difficult for him considering how close he and Newton were when his career began in Carolina.
“Not at all man,” he answered. “I play for the Buffalo Bills.”
If Kelvin had something to say about Cam he should have said to his face instead of hiding behind the media.
All in all, Benjamin has not left this situation looking great. In fact, he’s left it looking quite the opposite.