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Patriots broadcaster Scott Zolak apologizes for comments on Cam Newton

Patriots broadcaster Scott Zolak apologizes for comments on Cam Newton

Scott Zolak is a radio broadcaster for the New England Patriots who made waves this past weekend due to some choice words for Cam Newton’s play. After backlash arose from his words, Zolak would later apologize publicly and to Newton privately in the following days.

“I was trying to evaluate Cam through the process of his first couple throws, and I blamed music for being a distraction in his preparation in between a couple of throws that he had.

And I reference the genre of rap that was being played. That’s something I know that has drawn attention for being racially insensitive. I’m sorry for that comment.

I didn’t need to make that comment. I should not even ever bring any sort of music into play, becasue I have no idea what is going on in a player’s head.”Scott Zolak

Zolak followed up by briefly discussing his conversation with Cam Newton. He credited Newton as someone with class, calling him a great guy. With this apology made public, surely Zolak will look to move forward. For most of his professional career, the former Patriots’ fourth-round pick has been a mainstay inside the New England area. He became an analyst after his retirement in 1999. In 2012, the Patriots made Zolak a color analyst for the team’s radio broadcasts, where he has operated regularly ever since.

Patriots QB Cam Newton this preseason

Cam Newton has performed at a solid level this preseason despite his struggles in the Patriots’ last outing against the Giants. Through three games, he has thrown one touchdown to one interception on a 66 percent completion rate. While not groundbreaking, it bodes somewhat well for Newton’s immediate future. That said, Bill Belichick has yet to name a starter for Week 1 against the Dolphins.


The 10-year veteran will try to hold off New England’s recent first-round selection Mac Jones from taking the starting spot. Should he fail, Newton’s future in the NFL will be further suspended in uncertainty.