Cam Newton: Dolphins players tried to grab my chain after Patriots’ win

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Following the Patriots' win over Miami on Sunday, tempers flared between Cam Newton and several opposing Dolphins defensive players.

It’s tough to tell what exactly started it all, but Newton could be seen arguing with Dolphins linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who appeared to push him, and Elandon Roberts, who got in his face. The Patriots quarterback had to be held back and then held back against when Dolphins defensive lineman Christian Wilkins grabbed and pulled off one of Newton’s chains.

Both Julian Edelman and Rex Burkhead could be seen holding Newton back as he searched for his chain on the turf.

“I still got my chain. I got two of them. They were reaching for my chain though,” Newton said. “They were reaching for my chain. I think that kind of got up under my skin, but throughout it all, man, listen, I don’t want nothing taken away from a great team win. I don’t want to be selfish to kind of focus for us as a team or me personally, a lot of tempers can flare. I was just teasing with coaches letting them no that College Park almost came out. Throughout it all, it was just fun and games.”

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) heads into the locker room after the half as they take on the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. (Photo: David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports)

Newton certainly frustrated the Dolphins defense. He completed 79% of his passes but did most damage on the ground with two rushing touchdowns. After the game, while speaking to the media, Newton did take a small jab at Wilkins, who once went viral for doing a split after Clemson’s national championship in 2017.

“You just have to realize who you’re talking to… I realized I was talking to a person known for doing splits,” Newton said. “So that was uncharacteristic of myself to keep on going back and forth. But at the end of the day, it’s football. No matter who it is, I play with a competitive edge and I expect the other team, too. At the end of the day, anything outside of that, it’s all about respect. I don’t disrespect nobody. I don’t want anybody to disrespect me, but at the end of the day, we got the thing that was most valuable.”

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