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On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:52 am
The nastiest, most unfair and borderline silliest thing ever written about a draft prospect appeared recently in Pro Football Weekly . When I say ever written, I mean, ever written.

PFW's Nolan Nawrocki wrote this about quarterback Cam Newton: "Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup.  Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them.  Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room . . . Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example.  Immature and has had issues with authority.  Not dependable.”

So that's how we're evaluating prospects now? On how they smile ?

On how if they know where the cameras are? What does that even mean?

I've never seen anything like this written in the media about a draft prospect. Never. And I've been covering the NFL for 20 years.

It's disgraceful. Really, it is.

Now, in the draft, we have the smile meter.

We measuring pouts next?
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Draft

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:45 am

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

     Is this guy "brotherhassan" for real? You're post is certainly a joke.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:16 pm

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

Mr. Freeman,  Your reading comprehension skills are pitiful.  It sounds like you think all the observations made were based on Cam Newton's smile.

Please go back to school.

Since: Jul 4, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:24 pm

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

A first round pick should have the character and work ethic to match the skill set. The time and money invested in such a player demands it. Yet every year there are teams that gamble away $$$ in the draft on players who do not meet ALL of the aforementioned criteria. Good luck to whoever drafts Mr Newton...

Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:25 pm

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

I agree this is absolutely disgraceful.  We should judge him on the years of ineligible football he played at Auburn.

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 12:40 pm

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

Can I get a hallelujah!!!! This is the first post I have seen that actually spells Cameron Newton out to the masses. 

Helloooooooooo Bustville! 

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 8:40 am

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

I see alot of QB that smiles alot on TV.  Some even do it while eating chunky Soup with there Mama!  Another waring a fake mustach holding a Sprint phone.  And another taking pictures of his genetals with his phone. 

But I am sure anyone would give out there left nut to have them as there captain in the huddle in their prime. 

Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 7:37 am

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

Newton does look fake, that's just how it is.  Freeman can write whatever, but the actions and words that Newton makes are what describe his character.  I just don't see Newton doing too much in the NFL.  I smell bust.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:59 am

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

Nawrocki was other than artful, but I think that I know what he was trying to get at. When I first saw the tape in which Newton asserted that he aspired to be "an icon and an entertainer," it was as if I was watching a documentary film of the London Blitz. Klaxons sounded everywhere, followed close on by loud explosions all about. My first thought was that this kid is a wideout in QB drag. This is a league in which QBs MUST lead. Cutler is dragged through the coals for having seemed to some "disinterested." McNabb for seeming to "sulk" on the sideline. Imagine, if you will, Terrell Owens or Chad Ochocinco under center. It beggars the mind.
What Cam let slip in an unguarded moment of inappropriate enthusiasm is not selfishness, but NARCISSISM. Those who suffer from it don't entirely see the rest of us as we are, as fully autonomous beings, but rather as background in the stage play of their own life. They range from the malignant--notably certain serial killers, pedophiles, and confidence men like Bernie Madoff--to the merely benign. Upon further reflection, Cam Newton seems to me to most closely parallel LeBron James. I suspect neither man will ever understand what it was that they did that so cheesed people off. They're incapable of projecting themselves into another man's skin. Which, you must admit, is a terrible handicap for a man whose position in life calls for leadership. More so, obviously, for Cam than for the King; There'll never be a D-Wade who can bail an NFL QB out of his responsibility to carry his team.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:00 pm

Perhaps you have biased views also, Freeman

Hey, Freeman, Yesterday you wrote this about Dez Bryant "Bryant had been terrorizing a mall by wearing his pants too low". How is he "terrorizing" anything? Why "terrorize"?

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: March 29, 2011 7:24 pm

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

May this letter find all who read it, in the very best of health and spirit. I just read Mr. Nawrocki's "assessment" of 2011 NFL draft pick Cam Newton. Here is what i have come away with, after reading this scathing, over-the-top perspective:

1). Under Mr Newton's "positives", Nolan lists the following:

"Very well-built with big deltoids and a strapping physique.", a term that i found ominous, as it was and is very similar to 19th century descriptions of African SLAVES that were being sold to potential buyers in local newspapers. We understand that football is indeed a physical sport, but the tone of your description of him raises more than a few eyebrows.

2). Your negatives, read like a veritable "who's who" or, should i say, "what's what" of traditional negative stereotypes levied at African Americans, particularly African American men:

"Enormous ego(back then, it was phrased as "uppity nigger"), Has a sense of entitlement( a VERY popular phrase of white racists who thought social programs for blacks gave them a sense that they were "entitled" to be taken care of by the Government), very disingenuous, lacks trustworthiness ("those niggers are liars, and untrustworthy. They will smile in your face and plot to steal from you all day", a popular rephrasing of your sentiment) Feels that he is above the LAW( these niggers think that they can commit crimes all day and not go to jail. How DARE they infect our great America with their above the law nonsense", another racist refrain rephrased in your column), is not punctual( "Those niggers are ALWAYS LATE") lacks accountability ( "those niggers are always blaming everyone else for THEIR  problems...when will they take accountability?")he will always test the rules( "Those niggers don't seem to know their PLACE, you know") Not dependable(" you know those niggers are so lazy, it's a wonder they can even put their own clothes on")"

It was so CLEAR, Mr Nawrocki, that your coded language was intended to convey these sentiments, that I am shocked that Pro Football Weekly even allows you to write ANY articles at all...

As an African American male, who has heard every one of these stereotypes perpetuated by white alpha males such as yourself, It becomes also clear to me that your  over-the-top, blatantly racist rant today should and MUST be exposed as exactly what it is.

No one minds principled, thoughtful criticism of Mr Newton. He certainly has strengths and weaknesses that all can see. He does in fact, like most of his white counterparts entering the draft, have much to learn to perform at the Pro level. No one disputes this. However, your tone, and the manner in which your thinly veiled racial attack on him came across, are reprehensible, and morally indefensible. I will research your articles to see if this is a recurring trend with you and African American men, particularly QUARTERBACKS, a position long held by many whites as being too much of a "thinking man's" position for black men to be successful in. My suspicion is, that i will likely find more of this coded race-tinged language, and if that happens, we will launch campaigns to have you removed from Pro Football Weekly, and to have EVERY advertiser with such a publication alerted to the fact that they are financially sponsoring coded racist language.

I have clocked every word and its underlying subtext so clearly, that I will be forwarding this letter to every media outlet that is covering your rant, that they may begin to see and report it for what it really is.

Coded, thinly veiled bigotry.

I am,

Hassan Hartley

CEO, Hassan's Books, LLC

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