New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked about ex-quarterback Cam Newton’s comments on his old team.
Newton recently opened up about the Patriots’ decision to release him before the season. New England is going with rookie Mac Jones at the quarterback position.
“Can we be honest? The reason why they released me is because indirectly I was going to be a distraction, without being the starter. … Just my aura. … That’s my gift and my curse,” Newton said, adding that he would have accepted the backup job.
“I would have said, ‘Absolutely.’”
Newton added that he felt “bamboozled” by the decision.
On Monday, Belichick was asked about Newton’s comments. The Patriots’ head coach didn’t have much to say.
“Yeah, I think we’ve already covered all that,” Belichick said, before getting pressed on the subject.
“Look, I have nothing but respect for Cam and everything he did here. We said that after he was released and my feelings toward Cam have not changed.”
The Patriots lost to the Dolphins to open the 2021 regular season. Newton remains a free agent.