The Carolina Panthers made one of the strangest decisions of the 2016 season when they played against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night. Instead of starting the reigning MVP Cam Newton for their first play of the game, they went with backup Derek Anderson.
What made things even worse was that Anderson would go on to throw an interception on that first snap of the game, to which the Seahawks managed to capitalise upon and kick a field goal to take the lead early on.
The reason why the Panthers decided to start with Anderson over Newton has now been explained.
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Newton explained to reporters after the game according to SB Nation why he was benched for the first snap. He said: "I didn’t follow dress code, and coach told me that I wasn’t going to start, so I stand by his decision."
Simply because the 2015 MVP wanted to wear a black turtleneck during the team’s travel to the game on Saturday, he was not allowed to earn another start.
When he was asked if he felt his clothing was appropriate, Newton said: “If Coach doesn’t feel like I was dressed appropriate, then I wasn’t." The picture below shows what he was wearing that caused him not to get a start.
His reason for wearing the 'inappropriate' clothing was unreasonable and quite laughable considering a player of his stature. He said: "Well, when you’re 6’5, trying to get a shirt — I was away from home for a week. I didn’t pack a shirt. It was a lot of ties I was given, but I can’t wear a tie with this, meaning I’d have a tank top on.
“I feel as if I wore a similar outfit like this before and nothing was done. But (Rivera) said he has rules in place and we have to abide by them, and no person is greater than the next person, and it is what it is.”
The Panthers had stayed a week in northern California as they played in week 12 against the Oakland Raiders and felt travelling back and to across the country wouldn't have been wise. But to not pack enough shirts, nor have someone go find you one is a rookie error. I guess there are no shirts for 6'5 people in the Bay Area.