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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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Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:26 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Carolina is my favorite team and has been since their inception.  Picking Cam Newton will absolutely have me searching for a new team to follow, especially after them biting off on the Clausen hype last season.  Who didn't see that as a lousy pick?  Cam Newton is an individualist and the furthest thing from a team player.  A perfect example is the SEC championship game, where he spent the final minutes of the game flirting with the sideline reporter and trying to get her to try his "Cammy Cam" juice.  He should have been supporting the players on the field and celebrating with them. 

I'm sure I will not be the only fan the Panthers lose if they select sCam Newton as their first pick in the draft.  Maybe I'll become a Texans fan.  I always enjoy a good underdog.



Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:24 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

He paid for his trip to NY with his new platinum card given to him by creditors who know he is about to become an NFL player.  He didn't save the money and beg borrow and steal.  Well, he may have stolen it.  Hey has he ever lied?  Just wondering, cause Jim Tressel is now rated as a dirtbag for telling a lie.  Did Cam lie about all of his bs troubles?



Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:24 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Racisim, socalfan66,  when will you get off the racisim crap.  He left because he didn't want to answer two questions.  1) why did you cheat at Florida and 2) Why did your dad try to sell you to another College?   Selling your son for your own gain is sick....Get over the racists comments.





Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Did you mean to say JUVIE instead of Juco?  Just curious.  He's as fake as they come people.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

 
Let me get this straight Ryan Mallet admits to doing drugs. Two others fail drug test for WEED, and you talking about Cam is not a good team player. Because he rather play with kids and not talk to the media afterwards. Get the F**K out of here with that bullsh*t. Come on,  So he is paying for his own bills during draft week. Its a lockout you dumbass that is supporting your fellow players and not taking the NFL`s payoffs. And If you want to quit being a fan if your favorite football team drafts Newton. Then who needs you as a fan.  Its a shame  I see the racisim all over some of these comments.  Some of you jerks need to grow up, Because you really have no clue of what a skilled football player is. It take hard work everyday on the field andin the classroom to get to this point. I guess that why Pro teams have scouts and you have your couch. Jerks!!

I know you're only protecting your son but take it easy Mr. Newton. Tongue out








Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Another crybaby who thinks that any critique of a black player is automatic "racism". I'm sure all of Cam's cheating in UF and his "shakedown" minister Dad have nothing to do with people questioning his character.



Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

      Let me get this straight Ryan Mallet admits to doing drugs. Two others fail drug test for WEED, and you talking about Cam is not a good team player. Because he rather play with kids and not talk to the media afterwards. Get the F**K out of here with that bullsh*t. Come on,  So he is paying for his own bills during draft week. Its a lockout you dumbass that is supporting your fellow players and not taking the NFL`s payoffs. And If you want to quit being a fan if your favorite football team drafts Newton. Then who needs you as a fan.  Its a shame  I see the racisim all over some of these comments.  Some of you jerks need to grow up, Because you really have no clue of what a skilled football player is. It take hard work everyday on the field andin the classroom to get to this point. I guess that why Pro teams have scouts and you have your couch. Jerks!!





Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

So why aren't u criticizing peterson about being late?
Because Peterson took care of the responsibilities that Newton shirked. Duh.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

What did the media really need to ask him at a "Play 60" event?
If you honestly think the media only asks questions pertaining to that one event, you're nuts.



Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

WHAT???????????????? MAN PLEASE ALREADY!!!!!!!! WHEN ELI MANNING AND FAMILY TOLD THE CARGERS HE WASNT GOING THERE WHERE WAS THE CRTICISM?????????????????????????? I SEE RIGHT THROUGH THIS THIS ALL YOU HAVE TO WRITE ABOUT? GET A REAL JOB AND A REAL LIFE NEWTON WILL DO VERY WELL IN THE NFL AS HE HAS IN JUCO AND AUBURN. AND HE WILL SELL TICKETS IN CHARLOTTE!!!! HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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