Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton learned the hard way this weekend that you can’t buy leg room.
On his flight home from Paris for Men’s Fashion Week, Newton was seen offering a man $1,500 to switch seats with him; Newton’s seat was back in coach. The man refused his money and all 6 feet 5 inches of Newton took a sad walk to his seat for the long flight back from Europe.
There were plenty of jokes made at Newton’s expense after the rejection, mainly from those wondering why a multimillionaire athlete would fly coach for an international flight. (It turns out there was a reason.)
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Cam Newton paid for a business class seat from Paris to Charlotte, but missed his flight. His only option to fly home that day was through Dallas in regular economy class with no extra legroom. https://t.co/JafvtHxgYk
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) June 24, 2019
Others had a different spin on the encounter.
Imagine being on a flight and Cam Newton offers the guy next to you $1500 so CAM NEWTON can sit next to you and the guy says no.
— Zach Salapatek (@BabySqueege11) June 24, 2019
I’m flying wherever Cam Newton going. And every time, I’m asking, how’s the flight? You like your seat?
No shame in the hustle.
— Maurice Moton (@MoeMoton) June 24, 2019
Tbh I would cradle Cam Newton in my lap like a newborn baby on a 10 hour flight for $1500
— mrs. sandor clegane (@slimequeen_) June 24, 2019
Former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long probably had the best response to the situation in a back-and-forth with Amtrak.
Frankly, Long should have been the one in Paris for Men’s Fashion Week.
He would have had Newton beat there.