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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.  

Category: NFL

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:53 pm

Cam Newton is vastly overrated

Taking this smug immature entitled punk #1 would be a monumental mistake by Carolina cripple them for years. All the red flags needed are at the top of the pole. He already has proclaimed himself an *ICON*. The team that does select him will rue the day! 

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:52 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

This kid gets killed for speaking to the media early in this process. Now he gets killed for not speaking to the media even when he isn't required too.

I personally think he is going to flop for the very reasons most of the press usually throw out there.  But I do agree with you, the kid is skewered no matter what he does.  And he only has one person to blame for that...himself. 

No one doubts the kids talents.  They doubt his head and his lack of maturity and the only way he can prove them wrong on that is to stop doing all the dumb things (idiotic comments, all the stuff he did before Auburn, etc) that have led sports writers and "experts" to label him as a lazy malcontent. 

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:50 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

so, because the guy MIGHT be the first pick in the draft he has the RESPONSIBILITY to attend a press conferece?  As the first pick overall he does not have the responsibility to do anything.  He does not even have to sign a contract. Being drafted obligates you to nothing.  Now, once he signs a contract he will be responsible and obligated to do things like, win, prepare, lead and represent.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:42 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Time will tell.  But, he does have all the ability and upside in the world.  Still, if you don't step back and honestly question his character then you are kidding yourself.  Too many things, too many excuses. 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:41 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

he's definitely a lightning rod if nothing else. just based on ticket and jersey sales, you have to consider him. even as a bust he'll make that franchise money. that said, i'd want to build with someone else as my signal caller. either way, the panthers' gm is in a tough spot this year. he got hosed to moment andrew luck went back to school.

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:23 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

It seems like most media is pushing Cam Newton as the No. 1 pick because that is the politically correct thing to do.  At least Judge is telling it like it is.  Carolina actually doesn't need him - they spent a high draft choice last year on a QB, who is still a work in progress.  Ron Rivera is a defense oriented coach, so I wouldn't be surprised if they picked a defensive player No. 1.  They may even trade down and get more players in the first couple of rounds.  We'll see what happens, but Newton may not be the guy they need right now. 

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:16 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:02 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

I will laugh hard when Cam Newton starts shoveling some of this garbage about him back in Clark Judge's face. This kid gets killed for speaking to the media early in this process. Now he gets killed for not speaking to the media even when he isn't required too. I guess Newton can't win for losing with sports writers like Judge. Judge don't say you weren't warned when Newton is a perenial Pro Bowl QB for the Panthers. This kid has the talent & drive to stick a lot of this criticism he has recieved over the last few months back into a lot of pompous sports writers faces.  

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