There are some things money just can’t buy.
And extra leg room on a long flight is apparently too valuable to give up, as NFL star Cam Newton learned when his offer to pay cash for the coveted seat was flatly rejected.
(Video: Twitter/Elisara Edwards)
A Twitter user posted the exchange on the airline this past weekend in a video that showed the Carolina Panthers quarterback speaking to a passenger on the 10-hour flight from Paris.
Newton’s 6-foot, 5-inch frame was apparently having an issue with the cramped quarters on the flight and he made an attempt to switch seats with someone enjoying some ample leg room. But when he allegedly offered the passenger $1,500, he was simply rejected.
— Eli Edwards (@ElisaraEdwards) June 22, 2019
The video showed Newton standing over the male passenger in conversation, apparently trying to make a deal. But the unidentified man wasn’t budging and his rejection of Newton’s offer sent the smiling football player back to his original seat.
Though speculation arose as to how the athlete with a reported $20 million salary was not flying first class or business, there were a few explanations that popped up on social media. Newton allegedly missed his paid-for flight which would presumably have offered him the stretching room he desired.
SLATER SCOOP: Wondering why a quarterback making $20M a year was flying coach?
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
Cam Newton was booked for a first class ticket from Paris, had such a wonderful time at Men’s Fashion Week he missed the flight, was forced to take coach ticket on a later flight when he offered $1,500 for an upgrade, via caller who’s dad was pilot on the flight.
— Ben Maller (@benmaller) June 24, 2019
Eli Edwards, who posted the video to Twitter on Saturday, told CNN that he had run into Newton at the airport ahead of the takeoff of the U.S.-bound flight from Paris.
“I said hi to him, shook his hand,” Edwards, a competitor from NBC’s “The Titan Games,” said.
He began to record the quarterback when he noticed him on board the same flight later on. Edwards, who lives in Alaska and was in Paris to propose to his girlfriend during the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, told CNN he heard the unidentified passenger ask Newton his height before turning him down.
Newton has not yet commented on the video but plenty of viewers have, reacting on Twitter to the football star’s predicament and the passenger’s rejection of the offer. Many Twitter users were stunned the man did not take the money and were sure they would have been happy to switch seats with Newton – for the right price.
I feel you, Cam Newton! #TallPeopleProblems
— Will Stone (@fitwithwill) June 24, 2019
Big ups to whoever turned down $1500 to flex on Cam Newton. Also, someone’s QB is out here flying coach. Aint mine. https://t.co/0afQWcwUKK
— SportsTalkATL.com (@SportsTalkATL) June 23, 2019
Maybe he shouldn’t have missed his flight!
— Ian (@Ireland2Canada) June 24, 2019
— Howard Martin (@howjmar) June 23, 2019
Me as soon as Cam Newton offered that 1500 for that seat ? pic.twitter.com/uNcr4DL7xv
— SneakerGarcon?? (@MrSneakSr) June 24, 2019
would’ve taken the $1500 and asked for an autographed jersey and tickets to a game and would’ve moved my ass lol
— PATS 6x CHAMPS (@BostonPBW) June 24, 2019
Why is he even flying coach with his salary…..
— Guvernor (@StraightShoodah) June 24, 2019
Poor Cam. I wonder if the guy knew that was Cam Newton?
— Christopher’s Dad (@BryanCharlesBar) June 22, 2019
I’d sit in the wheel well for $1500
— schinee (@jojoschinee) June 23, 2019
Question… why was that dude on the plane supposed to switch seats with Cam? If $1,500 isn’t going to change his life, why would he take it? That dude bought his seat and would also like to be comfortable on a 10-hour flight.
— Kyle Bailey (@KyleBaileyWFNZ) June 24, 2019
It’s not just a wealthy mindset. We have no idea if that man was even American. He might not know or care who Cam Newton is. There are a lot of reasons.
— Kyle Bailey (@KyleBaileyWFNZ) June 24, 2019
You’re right Steve. I think most people are just flabbergasted that the guy turned down $1,500. Not that “he didn’t trade seats with Cam Newton”. Obviously it’s a sports story bc of Cam, but take out his name and ppl are still calling the guy crazy for turning down $1500 lol
— J Mitch (@jordanmitchelI3) June 24, 2019
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