According to friend of the show Pete Prisco of CBS Sports:
“He was a total —-hole,” one AFC player said. “Who did he think he was? He acted like the big shit. Here he was at his first game and he acted like he was the star. Guys didn’t like that.”
The Pro Bowl is a laid-back game, one for relaxing, spending time with your peers and unwinding after a tough season. The resort where players are housed is for them and their families only to prevent fan interference.
So when Newton turned down one player’s request for an autograph and a picture for his kids at a function, it angered the player.
“Who the hell did he think they were?” said one player. “The only people around are families. He knew that. Yet he big-timed the guy by saying ‘now’s not the time.’”
That player said Newton did the unthinkable and even dissed Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
“That’s the godfather there,” one player said. “Can you believe he did that?”
Said another player: “It didn’t matter who it was, he didn’t care about anybody but himself.”
Lewis denied that he was dissed when asked through Ravens PR man Kevin Byrne, but other players confirmed that it happened. A handful of other league sources confirmed that Newton was aloof and isolated much of the week in Hawaii.