- The Washington Times - Monday, February 22, 2021

The high school student who heckled Cam Newton at the quarterback’s own 7-on-7 tournament apologized Monday after a video of the incident went viral on social media over the weekend.

Jseth Owens posted an apology on his Twitter, expressing his “deepest apologies” to Newton and others for his actions. At Newton’s youth football tournament, Owens, a Pennsylvania resident, heckled the quarterback — yelling the former MVP was “ass” and about to be poor because Newton is set to hit free agency next month after a down 2020.

Newton can be seen engaging in some light trash-talking — “I’m rich,” he said with a smile — but then asked to speak with the boy’s father when the heckling continued. In an Instagram post, Newton shared further video of an exchange with Owens in which Newton can be seen calmly talking to the teenager. Newton wrote it did him “no good” to get in a back-and-forth with the boy.

While Newton took the high road, video of the incident went viral — leading plenty of athletes to criticize Owens for not showing more respect to Newton, the former first overall pick who won the NFL’s MVP in 2015.

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