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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: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

There's something inherently funny about a grown man complaining about an athlete who won't talk to him at an event for kids.    creating multiple IDs to argue that someone reporting the self centered nature of an athlete is the guy in the wrong.
Word.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

oh Clark, if only you were made unavailable for comment. He paid for his trip to NY and he has to spend it with journalists? 



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

There's something inherently funny about a grown man complaining about an athlete who won't talk to him at an event for kids.    creating multiple IDs to argue that someone reporting the self centered nature of an athlete is the guy in the wrong.





Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:20 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Timeout from the baseless Russell/Young comparisons that have been going on ad nauseum for months. A severe tornado just hit Tuscaloosa causing major damge and significant loss of life. While it is fun to talk about Newton, Ingram, Fairley and Dareus and who will bust or succeed, my thoughts and prayers go out to the people in Alabama in the here and now.  I sincerely hope you and yours in Tuscaloosa are OK. I know there are many from Tuscaloosa on this board.  Be safe and take care.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

If my favorite team, SF, took Cam Newton in the first round I would be looking for a new favorite team



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

i love how newton supporters wanna dog the writer here..but facts are facts newton is a self centered.arrogant and has a big sign saying bust written all over it on his back ..CAR will never recover if they draft this clown 1st overall..he isn't the best qb in this draft why in the world can anyone justify him at #1 overall..this is why owners are stupid quit waSTing cash on idiots like this and then blame the players when ur profit isn't as high as u like...



Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

I'd rather have Cam Newton than a whiney reporter who overestimates his own importance on any team of mine anyday.



Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

There's something inherently funny about a grown man complaining about an athlete who won't talk to him at an event for kids. 

What did the media really need to ask him at a "Play 60" event? 

"Cam?...Mr. Newton?  Just a minute of your time please?

"Uh, hold on Timmy...umm what's up Mr. Judge?"

"Thanks for your time, Cam.  Those kids were totally hogging you.  Now, first question:  How did it feel to throw that TD pass to little Jonny, your first NFL "Play 60" TD of your career? 

"Uh, it felt great Mr. Judge.  I just love being out here and interacting with these kids and promoting staying active and healthy."

"Sure, whatever you say Cam.  Now I saw you tuck down and run the ball earlier.  Weren't you afraid of taking a bit hit at the end of that play?"

"Umm, they're just kids Mr. Judge.  You know what?  I think Timmy is waiting for me, I better get back to him."

"Thanks for your time Cam.  I'll catch ya later."  






Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Let's be clear here. Cam Newton isn't JaMarcus Russell. Not by a long shot. Russell could throw the ball much better than Newton ever will. However, Cam isn't doing the purple drank and is in much better physical condition. If you're looking for the NFL player that most resembles Newton, it's Vince Young. Newton IS Vince Young. Carolina is going to take Newton, and they WILL regret it. It is a horrible pick, considering Dareus and Patterson, who are locks to be stars. However, the enormous public pressure and political atmosphere surrounding Newton will override any reasonable thought by Carolina. Newton is the current GBH at QB, and there is a tremendous desrie to make Newton into a fairy tale story superstar. Sorry Panther fans, but you're stuck with him. Years down the road, you can look back and say "we could have had Dareus or Patterson". 



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

This should do it for Carolina.  They really need to trade down to get more help, i.e., 2 players instead of 1.  They have needs at virtually every position.  Alternatively, they should go for someone else at #1.  Jerry Richardson is a smart guy or at least I thought he was.  We shall see.


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