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- The NFL star Cam Newton reportedly tried to pay a fellow passenger $1,500 to switch seats with him on a plane.
- The quarterback was traveling in economy from Paris to Dallas but wasn’t happy with his seat’s minimal legroom.
- The man with a more enviable seat refused to swap, despite the incentive.
- The incident was captured on camera by Eli Edwards, and the video has gone viral.
- Edwards told Business Insider that Newton didn’t seem annoyed and simply shrugged it off.
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The NFL star Cam Newton reportedly offered to pay a fellow passenger on board a flight $1,500 to switch seats with him because he wanted more legroom.
But unfortunately for the Carolina Panthers quarterback, the man in question refused.
The incident was captured on video by Eli Edwards, a traveler sitting just a few rows back, who was already filming his fiancée at the time because he had been documenting their trip to Paris.
The video clip has gone viral.
— Eli Edwards (@ElisaraEdwards) June 22, 2019
Edwards, who had just got engaged to his girlfriend, Jennifer Johnson, told Business Insider he was surprised to see Newton traveling in economy rather than first class on the American Airlines flight from Paris to Dallas.
Edwards had originally spotted Newton in the airport because of his bright shirt and trademark hat, not to mention that he’s 6-5.
“I noticed him right away at the airport at the ticket counter,” Edwards said. “He came past me, and I kind of said ‘hi’ to him – I think he was trying to go incognito, but his outfit pretty much gave him away.
“I wasn’t expecting him to be on the same flight as me, let alone traveling at the back in economy.”
Newton was traveling with a companion but did not seem happy with his assigned seat.
“I saw Cam Newton go up to a gentleman and ask him if he’d be willing to trade seats for the extra legroom for the 10-hour flight,” Edwards said.
“The man asked Cam Newton how tall he was. Cam Newton said ‘about 6’6″.’ The man said he was about 6’4″ so it wouldn’t do him any justice to switch.”
The man with the extra legroom was also traveling with the two people sitting next to him, so he presumably wanted to stay with them. He declined to give up his seat.
“I don’t know if he knew that was Cam Newton,” Edwards said. “If you’re from the US, most people would recognize Cam Newton. I don’t know if he did.
“I don’t know if it was a logic thing or an ego thing, but whether you’re 6’4″ or 6’6″, you don’t want to be scrunched up for a 10-hour flight.”
Edwards said Newton didn’t seem too annoyed that the man wouldn’t switch with him and “pretty much shook it off.”
“I would say Cam just took it for what it was – he didn’t seem annoyed to me. It was the guy’s loss more than it was his loss,” Edwards said.
Newton did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.