After a disappointing 33-19 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers’ wide receiver Deebo Samuel passionately defended his quarterback, Brock Purdy, against criticism, notably from former NFL MVP Cam Newton.
Addressing Newton’s comments on the Up and Adams Show, Samuel bluntly told him to stop texting him, highlighting the irony of Newton’s recent fandom and his subsequent podcast invitation. Samuel also directed attention to Micah Parsons, emphasizing the 49ers’ decisive victory over the Cowboys earlier in the season and questioning why Parsons was bothered by their team’s success.
Newton promptly responded to Samuel’s comments on social media, denying having Samuel’s phone number and dismissing the notion of reaching out.
“You must stop the cap, bro. … My point is this: You said something like, ‘Cam, stop calling my phone.’ Motherf—-r, I don’t got your number.”
Entering Week 16, the 49ers had a chance to secure the NFC’s No. 1 playoff seed but faced a setback against the Ravens. Despite the loss, the 49ers still have control over their destiny if they win their remaining games.
To clinch the No. 1 seed, the 49ers need victories against the Commanders and subsequent losses by the Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions. The path to the top seed hinges on these outcomes.
While Deebo’s defense of Brock was commendable, there’s a call for the team to minimize off-field distractions. The focus should now shift away from the controversy, especially as the Niners head into a critical phase of the season.