Let me get this out first…This is stupid.
Now, that that’s out of the way, the Panthers have announced that they will replace the pro-Packers banner Cam Newton ripped down prior to Sunday’s game against Green Bay and will review their policy on signage.
Q&A with Scott Paul, Executive Director – Stadium Operations
What prompted a review of the current policy?
A banner supporting the visiting team was pulled down and damaged before Sunday’s game. We want to make sure our policy is clear and serves the best interests of our organization.
Was the banner in question returned or replaced?
We’ve reached out to the owner of the banner and we’re in the process of providing a replacement.
Was the banner approved by security before it entered the stadium?
Yes. The banner was in compliance, with the understanding that no banners or flags expressing support of visiting teams may be affixed to or displayed on any surface.
Why are visiting team signs permitted and will that continue?
We are reviewing our policy. We’d rather not see opposing signage in our stadium, but when this policy was developed it was consistent with the vast majority of NFL stadiums.
In my opinion, the classless fans, who later went on to post on Facebook that Newton is ghetto and say that they thought he was going to beg them for money, deserved no more than the “L” they left the stadium with. Newton was protecting his house and I would never fault someone for doing that.