CHARLOTTE, NC (Scott Fowler/The Charlotte Observer) - Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a media-related incident for the second week in a row on Wednesday, abruptly leaving his press conference after declining to answer a question about the Panthers' recent lack of big plays.
Observer reporter Joseph Person asked Newton: "Big plays – big chunk plays – kind of get to that energy I think you are talking about. Does this offense – I know you had several at Detroit and New England – do you think you guys have the wherewithal to do that consistently, week in and week out?"
Newton glanced toward the ceiling, briefly shook his head and said: "Next question."
After a slight pause, Newton walked out of the room, although another reporter had begun to ask a question.
Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond spoke to Newton after his press conference and said later about the incident: "Cam didn't intend to be discourteous toward any specific media member. In his mind, after answering questions for nine minutes, he had fulfilled his obligations."