Panthers’ Cam Newton regrets referring to Lions’ Ndamukong Suh as ‘Donkey Kong’

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Charlotte, N.C. — Before taking any questions after Sunday’s game, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton made a point to set the record straight on his news conference last week in which he repeatedly referred to Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as “Donkey Kong Suh.”

“The initial statement came with me jokingly making a reference to him,” Newton said after the Panthers won, 24-7. “It’s sad that in this day and age we still bring up racism. That was not my initial reason.”

Newton went on to say that he regularly uses the Lions when he plays the Madden video games and has a lot of respect for Suh.

“That was not meant to be anything derogatory toward Ndamukong Suh,” he said. “I respect him as a person. If anything, I was trying to say it as a compliment of him wreaking havoc.

“I should’ve called him ‘Wreck-It Ralph.’ It was just out of my respect for him. It won’t happen again.”

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