A former New England Patriots quarterback turned broadcaster has apologized for what he said about Cam Newton.
Earlier this week, Scott Zolak came under fire for his comments on Newton and rap music. The former Patriots quarterback believed Newton was distracted at practice.
I’d turn off the rap music first of all,” Zolak, who was reporting from practice, said. “Because I think it’s distracting for Cam here. Because in between every throw he’s dancing.
“He can’t help himself.”
Zolak has since apologized for what he said.
“It was Cam’s first day back at practice, and we had some issues back in studio, so (cohosts) Hardy and Adam were back there. I was trying to evaluate Cam through the process of his first couple throws, and I blamed music for being a distraction in his preparation in between a couple throws that he had. And I reference the genre of rap that was being played. That’s something I know that’s drawn attention to for being racially insensitive. I’m sorry for that comment. I didn’t need to make that comment. I should not even ever bring any sort of music into play, because I have no clue what’s going on in a player’s head. It’s been a rough last couple days here, and I wanted to do this on air. It’s the first time I’ve been on air since Thursday; Friday was an off-day, we traveled down here (Saturday) and I didn’t want to do a call-in or anything like that. Chris (Gasper), I’m sorry if my comments offended you personally. … I’m passionate about this team, the position. Playing the position, that’s basically the only position I watch, really, in practice," he said, per NESN.
Zolak added that he's since been able to speak with Newton.
“I did this morning. Yeah. And that’s one thing. I wanted to talk to him before I talked about this, to let him know. I got a chance to talk to him, and Cam’s nothing but class. Great guy. He handled it perfect. I mean, that’s between me and him. So that’s where I stand by it.”
The Patriots are currently taking on the Giants on NBC.