The 2015 Carolina Panthers were filled with talented players and personalities, though none were bigger than star quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Josh Norman. The two butted heads during an infamous fight that broke out at training camp. In an interview with VladTV, Norman revealed exactly what went down in the fight, per Panthers Wire.
“So we did, we buckled up. I came in the slot. I ended up going against Philly [Brown] and so he ran a route, I undercutted it,” he continued. “I saw it kinda the whole way. Cam threw it, ’cause he was gettin’ pressured upfront. And so I end up pickin’ it off, got it, ran all the way back. Cam came by, I stiff-armed him in the face and, like, literally went into the end zone and slammed the ball and was like, ‘Aight, now what?’
“So as soon as I turned around, shoot, big 6-5 in my face like, ‘Yo, listen, I see you scored. But don’t put your hand in my face again like that.’ And I’m looking at him like, ‘Bro, who you talkin’ to like . . . ?’
“I had a flashback. So we basically, like, at each other’s face. And so I grabbed his face mask, like, and I pulled him down to my level. And so he grabbed me. And then I end up hip-tossin’ him.”
Newton was torching the Panthers defense and letting them know about it. Norman and company buckled down, with the star corner intercepting a pass from the 2015 NFL MVP and taking it for a “touchdown.”
Norman stiff-armed Newton en route to the end zone and let the Panthers star know about, which the latter didn’t take kindly to. Newton warned Norman to never do that again.
A tense moment? Sure. However, it had its benefits, as Norman points to that moment as one that strengthened the Panthers and made them better competitors.