Cam Newton doesn't want Jerry Richardson to sell team, references 'false' allegations against him at Auburn

Cam Newton said he was part of a group of Carolina Panthers captains and leaders who met with owner Jerry Richardson on Sunday before he announced the sale of the team.

Newton left the meeting “disgruntled,” because he doesn’t want Richardson to sell.

The Panthers have gone out of their way to not officially mention the inappropriate workplace behavior allegations against Richardson as they announced the sale of the team and that Tina Becker was taking over day-to-day operations. But everyone is aware what is happening. Newton’s issue is there are only allegations against Richardson to this point.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton wasn’t happy to hear of owner Jerry Richardson’s plans to sell the team. (AP)

According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Newton recalled the allegations against him in 2010, when he was at Auburn and stories said his father Cecil had solicited payment from schools for his son to enroll. Newton was never ruled ineligible because it didn’t find that Cam himself was aware of the activity. He never had to give up his Heisman Trophy and Auburn has never vacated the national title it won with Newton because no major violations were found by the NCAA.

Person also noted from Newton’s press conference that the quarterback wants the team to stay in Charlotte, and he has heard that will be the case. It never made much sense that the team might be going anywhere, considering Charlotte is a good market with good fans and a very nice stadium, but there’s always uncertainty when a team goes through a sale.

Newton also addressed the news that Sean “Diddy” Combs wants to buy the Panthers, and was asked about Diddy’s plan to let Colin Kaepernick compete for the starting quarterback job.

“That’s cool,” Newton said with a smile. “I’m cool with it.”

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