The fan, Mike Dobs, told the Observer that he paid $500 for the banner and hung it in his home before he brought it to Sunday’s game in Charlotte. He and his family paid $3,800 for five tickets behind one end zone and hung the banner in front of their front-row seats, Dobs added.
Dobs said he received permission from the team before the game to hang the banner. During warmups, however, Newtown tore down the banner and carried it through the tunnel with him.
Newton said after the game that he removed the banner because it was supporting the Packers.
Cam Newton on Packers banner in Charlotte: "You're not going to sell a Whopper at McDonald's."— Joe Person (@josephperson) November 8, 2015
Newton also said that he didn’t mean to disrespect anyone by tearing the banner down.
Dobs, a Wisconsin native, reported to police present at the stadium that the banner was stolen and lodged a complaint with the team, hoping to get it back.
“It’s Dobs’ understanding that the banner was destroyed,” the Observer reported. “He said a Panthers employee told him the organization would make it up to him.”
The Panthers won the game 37–29 to remain undefeated and hand the Packers their second consecutive loss. It was Green Bay’s first game in Carolina since 2011.
- Dan Gartland