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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: Apr 28, 2011
Posted on: April 28, 2011 8:04 am

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

CMAX. Well said.  Merv, do yourself a favor and READ for a change before you open your mouth, maybe crack a history book while your at it? Comments such as those only serve to restrict what those who came before fought so hard to get to today. Unbelievable.

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:34 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Merv, if you want to include the plight of a dope-fiend, liar like Crystal Mangum with Emmett Till and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombings, then go ahead...but you are way off base.  For one, Mangum is being held without bond for attempted murder  after stabbing her ex-boyfriend earlier this month.  And seven years ago, Bobby Frank Cherry became the last suspect finally brought to justice for carrying out the 16th Street Church bombings right here in Birmingham.  But don't insult the Civil Rights Movement by including a fraud like Mangum in with the atrocities committed against Emmett Till or the Sixteenth Street victims.  It makes you sound like a fool.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:03 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Aww Clark Judge, did it make you cry that Cam Newton had better things to do with his time than stick around and field questions from you? So what then, to get him back you decided to write a whole article ripping him?

Yeah... and you're critical of another individual's immaturity? Wink

Since: Jun 29, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:02 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

"Cmax" Don't you know the Klansmen that bombed and killed the 6 little girls in Alabama and murdered Emmitt Till in Mississippi were exonerated.....North Carolina is no different.... dont you think the "good ole boys" would have found a team of affluent white lacrosse players innocent of rape of a poor ghetto black girl? Then ruin the career of the Attorney who tried to up hold justice.... then systematically harrass and ruin the life of the girl who accused said players, with trumped up charges......1960's....2000's no difference!!!!

Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:49 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Give the guy a break. The media has been dissecting the poor kid for the past 3 months. I bet he is tired of talking about the same questions over and over again. With the draft upon us, the media are looking for slip ups so I bet the their questions will provocative, hoping Newton will have a meltdown, which will make great headlines tomorrow etc...

I think he did the right thing, keep his mouth shut and get ready for tomorrow, he has nothing to gain by talking to the media this late and everything to lose.

BTW, I think Newton is highly overated and will be a streaky QB much like VY.

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:32 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Looks like you passed a 1L Torts class there, skornya. I think I saw a Duke lacrosse blast on here.  Weren't those guys exonerated?  Isn't that "lady" who accused them in jail for attemtped murder? I guess a UNC fan blasting Duke lacrosse should be taken with a grain of salt just like when an Alabama fan blasts Newton. 

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:25 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

why do you guys listen to clark judge...he is a head he twisted all his story and you fall for it.

Since: Jun 29, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:09 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Albertmacaw you're an idiot!!!! Nuff said....I hope you don't have a favorite NFL team because I'm sure a Proud Klansman as yourself would not be cheering on a team with that is 65% black....Maybe you should follow Duke LAX....

Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:06 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Sue him?  For what?  Libel?

In the United States, the person first must prove that the statement was false. Second, that person must prove that the statement caused harm. And, third, they must prove that the statement was made without adequate research into the truthfulness of the statement. These steps are for an ordinary citizen. In the case of a celebrity or public official trying to prove libel, they must prove the first three steps, and must (in the United States) prove the statement was made with the intent to do harm, or with reckless disregard for the truth.

How can you prove the statement was false.  Like it or not, there ARE concerns about Newton's maturity.  And not just from Judge.  Watch the Gruden ESPN interview, among other things.  Judge's article wasn't written without adequate research into the truth, and there is no way ANYONE can prove intent or reckless disregard.

Cam has no grounds to sue anyone.  The best way to shut people up?  Go to the league and prove that he isn't what the haters and naysayers think he is. 

Since: Jun 29, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:02 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Really Cocksfan? Or is your hate because of the shade of his skin????? I hope not....Just as I hope the "cocks" in your screen name isn't representing my South Carolina Gamecocks!!!!!!!!

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