With the intense media scrutiny of Super Bowl week in full swing, Carolina Panthers superstar Cam Newton is trying to put the toothpaste back into the tube. The quarterback of the NFC champs raised eyebrows and ignited a firestorm of controversy over comments that were widely interpreted as the playing of the dreaded race card. It seems like many of Newton’s fans seem to believe that he is disliked because of his skin color and not because of his on field hot-dogging, ass-shaking and gauche taunting of opponents. Such conduct comes across to many as poor sportsmanship or in cruder language acting like an asshole. However, given the culture of victimization that we live in today it just must be racism. Now with the kickoff approaching “Supercam” is trying to downplay his ill-thought out words so as to not let them become a distraction as the Panthers prep for the big game.
Newton’s attempt to engage in damage control is reported by the damned liberal New York Times in the article “Cam Newton Tries to Move On After Comments on Race”:
Cam Newton surprised many people last week when he said that race played a factor in how he was perceived as a quarterback. In an interview session with members of the news media on Tuesday, he declared the subject closed, at least as far as he was concerned.
“I don’t even want to touch on the subject of black quarterbacks because I believe this game is bigger than black, white or even green,” Newton said in San Jose, Calif. “We limit ourselves when we label ourselves.”
When Newton was challenged by some reporters to support his earlier assertion, he became somewhat defiant.
“I wanted to bring awareness of that, but I don’t think I should be labeled as just as a black quarterback because there are bigger things in this sport that need to be accomplished,” he said.
While the questioning was more confrontational than a typical pre-Super Bowl news conference, Newton stayed in good spirits and addressed criticism directed at him and his teammates for their on-field celebrations, pointing out that an average N.F.L. play lasts four to six seconds, and that people should pay more attention to those stretches of time than to celebrations.
“We have a lot of character and charisma and personality in the locker room, but the big picture everyone should be talking about is those four to six seconds,” Newton said.
Despite two other prominent former black NFL quarterbacks in Doug Williams andWarren Moon having his back, a new ESPN poll seems to indicate that the distaste towards Newton is less about race and more about him being an insufferable jagoff who needs to show a little class. Former NFL headhunter Rodney Harrison – who is also black – has said that he would like to go for his “knees” and intentionally try to injure him. Granted that there isn’t any place for deliberately attempting to blow out an opponent’s knees it shows that many players aren’t down with the Cam Newton assclown show.
Super Bowl 50 will be held this Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA and Newton will get to put up or shut up against a swarming Denver Broncos defense that just kicked the living crap out of Tom Brady – a guy who has been so good for so long that Newton isn’t fit to carry his jockstrap.