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Cam Newton reportedly a problem at 2012 Pro Bowl

In a story that seemingly should have a dateline of January 2012 rather than December, a report surfaced Wednesday regarding Cam Newton's obnoxious behavior at last season's Pro Bowl.

Pete Prisco of reports that AFC Pro Bowl players went after Newton especially hard in last season's game because of how the Carolina Panthers quarterback acted during the week.

"He was a total ---hole," one unnamed AFC player told Prisco. "Who did he think he was? He acted like the big s---. Here he was at his first game and he acted like he was the star. Guys didn't like that."

Among Newton's reported offenses in Hawaii: He acted "standoffish" and like a "diva." He big-timed an AFC player's autograph request for a family member. He "dissed" Ray Lewis

"That's the godfather there," one player told Prisco. "Can you believe he did that?"

The players apparently were upset Newton "acted better" than them. Fine. We just don't understand why they couldn't go on the record to say it.

Unnamed sources make all the sense in the world in some situations, but it's odd that these players wouldn't attach their names to such name-calling. Maybe they know it all sounds a little childish.

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