Scott Zolak has apologized for insinuating that rap music played during practice was negatively impacting Newton’s play.
Zolak, a former Patriots quarterback-turned-broadcaster, apologized for his comments during 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Patriots pregame show on Sunday.
Here are Zolak's full comments from today: pic.twitter.com/wbaCF2L0NY
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 29, 2021
Zolak’s initial comments came during a Thursday appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub. He claimed that the rap music was “distracting” Newton between his throws.
“I’d turn off the rap music first of all, because I think it’s distracting for Cam,” Zolak said. “In between every throw, he’s dancing. He makes a throw and the music’s still cranking.”
Zolak also said Newton wasn’t 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 jacking around,” Zolak said of Newton. “It just looks like Mac came to work today and he didn’t.”
Naturally, Zolak’s comments were met with criticism. And some pointed out the double-standard of Zolak’s comments considering that Tom Brady used to dance to rap music at practice when he was with the Patriots.
Scott Zolak: “Bill needs to turn off the rap music because Cam is dancing to it between throws today.”
— Lamin (@itsLamin) August 27, 2021
So, Zolak apologized. But why did he wait a couple of days to do so?
“I wanted to do this on the air,” Zolak said.
He also confirmed that he had apologized to Newton directly during the team’s road trip to New Jersey.
“Cam’s nothing but class,” Zolak said. “Great guy. He handled it perfect. I mean, that’s between me and him. So that’s where I stand by it.”
[via Sporting News]