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