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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 12, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:01 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

No wonder why the black quarterbacks get stereotyped as having an IQ on par to a rock. This brother seems to deserve it. Hey Cam.  Time to get some better advisors. Hirer the white guy w/ a vocabulary beyond "yo, sweet, tight, man. smooth and ho". And people wonder why the black athletes get a bad rap. Jamarcus Russell the second.

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 9:49 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

darrn right genis , also Cam should sue everyone in this thread and OTHER threds saying bad stuff about him 

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 9:44 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Clark Judge is a straight up sissy!  nuff said!  It's this type of journalism that gives sports a bad name.  He gives his personal opinion of Newton and prints it for what?  Defamation of character  I say, and Newton/athletes should start suing !!!!!  Judge could easily be sued for this column as it is his personal opinion of why Newton didn't interview and he is trying to degrade him as a player.  In his position he could be sued as a paid sports writer who shapes and form impression through his columns.  NEWTON SUE HIM PLEASE!

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 9:30 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Sorry about the spelling errors in my last post ,just upset by all ive read here, bye

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 9:27 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

 If everyone is just going to bash and hate Cam and all he has done and will do then i vote to close this thread cos its just a hate thread cos no one likes Cam cos theyre jealous of him and thats all..  I wont read this thread or post here no more til the tread is shut down cos its just everybody being mean to Cam.Not saying Cam will be the best ever qb ever but Cam will be the best qb that evr has been if we just give him the chance . No use hating him just cos he beat your team in college and your jealous of hgim cos of that.  I hope ALL other Cam fans and ALL other fottball fans will follow me and never read or post in this thread no more cos its just people saying bad thing about Cam Newtin and thats all they are doing..Mods please close this thread now as I wont be reading this noi more cos ui makes me mad and hurts to read that peaple dumping on Cam cos they are jealous about his su\csess in the future

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:47 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

I wonder what the new Newton CBS thread/article will be tomorrow.  There's one every day.  You can bank on the same nonsensical posts:  Russell/Young comparisons, hicks defending themselves as not being racists, armchair scouts claiming that they know this draft pick or that draft pick will bust just like they did when the same clowns thought the Texans were idiots for picking Williams over Bush and,of course, CBS blogger who stirs the pot with some weak take.  Thankfully, the draft starts tomorrow. 

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:42 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

A bit too harsh. Cam isn't a moral or social failure, any more than a drooling idiot is at fault for being unable to pass calculus. Cam cannot SEE us as fellow independent actors in the world. At base, we're not real to him, except as we reflect his all-consuming magnificence. 

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:41 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Ok, so Cam paid his own way, took care of himself, and didn't entertain the media clowns, like this idiot.  Big deal...  He owes the media nothing... This clown is upset because he didn't get his interview, so now he wants to pile on...

Nice job butthole, you've managed to attack this kid because he didn't entertain you, and give you the interview that you wanted... . 

I'm a Buckeye and have nothing vested in this, but to see some media clown try and degrade this kid, simply  because he didn't dance for the media is utter crap. 

You gotta love these old white guys (bitter at the world because their wife left them and their own kids hate them) trying to tear down every kid trying to make it in this world... yea, he's better looking than you, has a better looking woman then you will ever have, is a better athlete then you could ever hope to be, has more education then you could ever afford, is probably twice as smart as you (though you like to pretend otherwise), and will ALWAYS be more successful then you... get over it.  You suck, your life sucks, and tomorrow you'll have to go back to your crappy 9 to 5.  But, keep on harping on the handful of athletes that are idiots if it makes you feel better... you guys are in the same club... hence why you have a crappy job that you hate, a fat ugly wife, and some unathletic grubby kids who probably won't amount to any more than you did.  Jealous much?

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:34 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

What we have with Cam Newton is a messy combination of two things: the golly-gee/shucks/gee-whiz!! enthusiasms that reliably afflict many scouts some of the time and Matt Millen most of the time; plus, a widespread desire of a great many AA to create a new, uniquely black kind of QB, the football equivalent of jazz or soul or hip hop--aided and abetted by the sort of AA successes who hate Bill Cosby for speaking uncomfortable truths where white people can hear them, plus the sort of comfortably upper-middle and upper class white liberals who are ever eager to be seen "proving" (if only to one another and themselves) that THEY aren't "racist".
Look, the guy isn't a bad kid, but he IS a (benign) narcissist. Not the Terrell Owens type, who LIVES to excel on the field and prepares relentlessly to do so, however much he cluelessly blows up the world around him. Like all narcissists, you and I and pretty much everyone and everything in the universe is either stage prop or bit player in the reality show that obscures his view of Creation. Worse, far worse. He's LeBron James in football drag. No one will EVER get through to him, any more than they will to Owens, but at least Terrell doesn't have any real responsibilities. See LeBron munch Cleveland. He hasn't a clue why so many resent him, nor even that they actually exist when he isn't waiting expectantly for them to throw rose petals at his feet and lips beneath his immaculately tailored pants. 
Anybody who'd make a poor, hopelessly clueless b***ard like that a starting NFL QB deserves to lose every penny he's got.

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:30 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Sixpack, that wasn't socalfan making the racism comments, it was eltrain. 

Racism is not what is keeping this country down these days, it's the people who try to keep it alive by playing the race card all the time.  You people irritate me!

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