Why Cam Newton offered passenger $1,500 to switch seat on flight from Paris

A video surfaced over the weekend appearing to show Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton offering $1,500 to switch seats aboard a 10-hour flight from Paris and getting turned down.

The mystery behind Newton’s plea to switch seats was revealed Monday.

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According to Florida sports radio host Andy Slater, Newton had originally paid for a business class seat from Paris to Charlotte but missed the flight. The quarterback was reportedly then forced to fly home via a connecting flight in Dallas in regular economy with no extra legroom.

Newton, a 6-foot 5-inch quarterback who signed a five-year, $103 million contract in 2015, offered the unidentified man $1,500 for the seat and was subsequently turned down.

When the man appeared to shoot the offer down, Newton smiled and walked back to his assigned seat just a couple rows behind. It appears the passenger also valued the extra leg room.

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Elisara Edwards, a former Colorado State and Los Angeles Rams player, shot the video explained to the Coloradoan the conversation Newton and the passenger had.

Newton was looking for extra legroom on a flight from Paris.

Newton was looking for extra legroom on a flight from Paris. (AP)

“He asked the guy in front of us about his seat and if he can trade seats, and [the other passenger] asked him how tall he was,” Edwards told the newspaper. “He said he was 6-6, and the guy goes, ‘Well, I’m 6-4, and I’m with my buddies here, so I won’t be able to give up my seat.’ And he asked him if he would trade for $1,000, and he said, ‘No.’ And he’s like, ‘$1,500?’ And he said, ‘No.’”

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Edwards said he was in the right place at the right time to shoot the video.

Fox News' Gerren Keith Gaynor contributed to this report.