Christian McCaffrey Fires Back at Reporter Questioning Teddy Bridgewater Support

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2021

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) returns to the field for the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
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After ESPN's David Newton argued Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey didn't back up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in an interview Wednesday, the running back fired back at the reporter on Twitter:

Christian McCaffrey @CMC_22

@DNewtonespn @FirstTake I was asked about my reaction to rumors. The question was not about Teddy specifically, so I did not mention his name. I did 8 interviews today and every time I was asked about Teddy, I praised him because he DESERVES praise. Don’t speak for me to make a story.

The exchange came after McCaffrey was asked about rumors regarding the Panthers' quarterback situation (3:58):

"I don't think it's my job to get into all that stuff," he said. 

Bridgewater spent the past year as the Panthers' starting quarterback, finishing with just 15 passing touchdowns and 11 interceptions while the team struggled to a 4-11 record during his starts.

The team is reportedly looking to replace him this offseason with interest in a trade for Deshaun Watson, per Alaina Getzenberg and Jonathan M. Alexander of the Charlotte Observer.

McCaffrey stayed away from this topic, although some didn't think he defended the team's current starter enough.