Scott Zolak has apologized for insinuating that rap music played during practice is negatively impacting Newton’s game.
Zolak, a former Patriots quarterback turned broadcaster, apologized for his comments during 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Patriots pregame show on Sunday.
I tried to evaluate Cam during the process of his first few throws, and I accused music of being a distraction in his preparation between a few throws he had. And I’m referring to the genre of rap that was played. That’s something I know draws attention because it’s racially insensitive. I’m sorry for that comment. I didn’t have to make that comment. I should never even bring any kind of music into play because I have no idea what goes on in a player’s head.
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Zolak’s first comments came during an appearance on Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub. He claimed that the rap music “distracted” Newton between his throws.
“I’d turn off the rap music first, because I think it’s disruptive to Cam,” Zolak said. “He dances between each throw. He makes a throw and the music still goes on.”
Zolak also said Newton was not taking his return to action seriously enough after a five-day absence due to a violation of the NFL’s COVID protocols.
“He came out [after his absence]”He’s still messing around,” Zolak said of Newton. “Looks like Mac came to work today and he didn’t.”
Naturally, Zolak’s comments were met with criticism. And some pointed to the double standard of Zolak’s comments, as Tom Brady danced to rap music in practice when he was with the Patriots.
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So, Zolak apologized. But why did he wait a few days to do that?
“I wanted to do this in the air,” Zolak said.
He also confirmed that he had apologized directly to Newton during the team’s road trip to New Jersey.
“Cam is nothing but class,” Zolak said. “Great guy. He handled it perfectly. I mean, that’s between me and him. So I’ll stick with that.”