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Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:51 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 2:08 pm
 
Carolina, don't say you weren't warned.

Quarterback Cam Newton, whom most persons think the Panthers take with the first pick in Thursday's draft, didn't stick around for media interviews Wednesday at an NFL-sponsored event in New York City. He did, however, participate in earlier activities with city children, throwing passes and making handoffs to kids who were there. But once the interviews started Newton left.

So what? So that's not the protocol. NFL officials later explained that Newton is an unusual case because, unlike other draft prospects, he paid for his flight here, he's paying for his accomodations here and he's paying for his expenses here. Which means that Newton's on his own -- something he interpreted literally.

But that's the problem. Essentially, Newton demonstrated why some scouts and coaches are wary of the guy -- because, they said, he sometimes does what he wants; listening to advice not from professionals but from the people closest to him. Some persons associated with Wednesday's event suggested that Newton was more interested in doing what he wanted than what he and others were asked to do. Others complied; Newton did not, and that's a team player?

OK, so he's on his own. Big deal. You'd think he'd try to do what he could to subdue criticism, not encourage it. If there weren't all sorts of issues with the guy to begin with I might not be so critical. But on top of everything we've heard it's just another red flag.

Look, I'm not trying to pile on the guy, but I don't remember someone showing up for these events, then stiffing the media. Yes, that's his prerogative, but there's also something about responsibility -- especially if you're going to be the first pick in the draft. All I know is that LSU's Patrick Peterson, who wasn't expected to show Wednesday, somehow made it there late and made himself available to everyone.

Newton's stiffing the media isn't a big deal in and of itself. But it is when you start putting the pieces together. The franchise quarterback has a zillion responsibilities, and one of them is to deal with the public and the media -- essentially, to be a team player. This is just another signal that he could ... I said <i>could</i> ... be a load to deal with on the next level if, that is, someone doesn't get to him and straighten him out.

"It's not that he's a bad guy," said one coach who spent time with him the past month. "It's that he's immature. He doesn't make every-day decisions that most of make for ourselves. Someone else does it for him. And if that continues in the pros it could be a problem."

Good luck, Carolina. You may need it.  

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Comments

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

This guy can't read coverages, this guy can't call plays/protection.  This guy may be a great QB someday but a #1 over all????  I doubt.



Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Classic "see, I'm right" article from Clark Judge to follow-up his "Netwon won't go first sensationalist garbage from earlier in the week.  If people like Judge are in the media, then no one should speak to the media.  This is a non-issue.  I, for one, will be glad when the draft is over.



Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment




Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

I understand his father had a little extra money laying around and was able to finance Cam's trip to the Big Apple.



Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

The only knucklehead i see taking this future "hall of Buster" is Pistol Pete Carroll..  LOL , he's stupid enough to waste a 2nd rounder on him!  LOL !!   Cool



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

I could be totally wrong on this guy but right now I think it's going to turn out to be another R Bush kind of thing.  He won the award, he's the No1 draft and then a year or two down the road bam here it comes and everyone gets punished for what he and his dad did except him, and he sits there fat, dumb, rich, and happy.  As I said I cold be wrong and he may turn into another P Manning, but I just don't see it.  Too many little things now that will turn into big ones later.



Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Cam Newton is still a kid...

"It's not that he's a bad guy," said one coach who spent time with him the past month. "It's that he's immature. He doesn't make every-day decisions that most of make for ourselves. Someone else does it for him. And if that continues in the pros it could be a problem."
Would Terry "Playmates Only" Bradshaw or Broadway Joe "let me kiss you" Namath, much less Jim McMahon, have stood up to this Pre-Draft scrutiny?  No.  Clark Judge and his merry band of "perfect people" reporters are slamming the child before he can get a job.  Is Clark Judge a racist?  No.  Probably subconsciously jealous.  As a White Man in the Media I would think that CBS would have trained him to not villify until there is proof of bad actions.  I have no problem with reporting on Albert Haynesworth's idiotic breast touching.  He is plea bargaining and guilty as Hell.  Cam Newton hasn't done anything but smile and be pleasant.  



Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

I've never seen anything like this Newton fascination the media has. I really would not blame him if he never spoke with the media again unless forced to do so by the league. He is an athlete he is not a role model he is not under your set of rules. Maybe he is a little different, lots of big time athletes are like that. Just because he doesn't fit what you want him to be does not mean he can't be a great QB.

I just have to wonder if this had been anyone else besides Newton that did this would you have still written an article about it. I doubt that very seriously.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

BUST



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Mr Judge, I am not a big Cam Newton fan, however, you in the press seem to think that everybody has a responsibility to speak to you when you are around.  You may have the FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, but, Cam Newton also has FREEDOM OF SPEACH, and , choses not to talk to you people in the press and should not be put down for it. He paid his own way there and played with kids, etc, but, when you in the press arrived he left.  I would to, because most people don't trust the press. 


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