Colin Cowherd says Cam Newton was released because he isn’t vaccinated

Cam Newton, New England Patriots. (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
Cam Newton, New England Patriots. (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) /

Colin Cowherd says the reason the New England Patriots released Cam Newton was because of his vaccination status.

While many people speculated that Cam Newton‘s vaccination status was a primary reason behind him being released by the New England Patriots on Tuesday morning, FS1’s Colin Cowherd said on-camera it was the reason.

When Newton had a misunderstanding with the COVID-19 protocols as an unvaccinated player, the Patriots organization was furious about it. Cowherd says that is the reason why the Patriots organization leaked that story. They wanted to prepare everybody for what was coming down the line on cut day. Cowherd also said there is no market for an unvaccinated quarterback right now.

Here is Cowherd’s minute-long video about why the Patriots parted ways with Newton Tuesday.

Colin Cowherd: Cam Newton released by Patriots due to vaccination status

Even if there are teams who could use an upgrade at starting quarterback, such as the Denver Broncos and the Washington Football Team like Cowherd mentioned, nobody is bringing in an unvaccinated former superstar quarterback as a backup. Factor in Vic Fangio being in his 60s and Ron Rivera being a cancer survivor, and you know neither of those teams will be interested in him.

What the Newton Patriots release fallout says is the NFL is still a cutthroat business. No team is going to sign up for being at a competitive disadvantage if they can avoid it. While everyone has the right to choose if they get vaccinated or not, employers like NFL teams have to make the best decisions for themselves. Until Newton does get fully vaccinated, he will likely stay out of a job.

Mac Jones now takes over as the Patriots starting quarterback ahead of his rookie season.

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