A video obtained by TMZ shows a dejected Cam Newton speaking with Ron Rivera.
The moment Panthers head coach Ron Rivera confronted Cam Newton about the team’s dress code was caught on video, according to TMZ.
Newton was benched for Carolina’s first series against the Seahawks on Sunday night for violating the team’s dress code by not wearing a necktie on travel day.
A video obtained by TMZ appears to show Rivera meeting with Newton outside the team bus to address the issue.
The Panthers had been staying at a hotel in the Bay Area after last week’s game against the Raiders and traveled to Seattle on Saturday. Before the team’s buses left for the airport, TMZ reports, “Rivera got off his bus, went to Cam's bus, and pulled Cam off” to speak.
“I feel I wore a similar outfit as this before and nothing was done, but [Rivera] says he has rules in place and we have to abide by them,” Newton told reporters Sunday night. “No person is greater than the next person and, you know, it is what it is.”