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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
Comments

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Cam Newton is JaMarcus Russell II

Cam Newton is JaMarcus Russell II: the Electric Boogaloo. The similarities are there: they are both about the same size, both are juniors, both were All-SEC QBs, both have 10 cent brains, and both will be big letdowns to their new team.

Carolina will look pretty stupid if they pick Newton. Their first pick last year was QB Jimmy Clausen. Are they just going to keep picking overrated QBs every year the way Detroit is with WRs?

The Panthers have no second round pick. If I was their GM, I would trade the #1 pick to the highest bidder. They have SO many needs and there are a good many quality QBs available.




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

I was a hater on this guy, but now that I know he stiffed the media, he is A-OK in my book!  Go Cam prove the media chumps wrong my man. 



Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

I don't get it, this is the most important week of your career so far and that includes sucking it up and doing stupid things like talking to the media and other such things. This doesn't mean he can't find a life lesson and become a good player but shows the imaturity that he continues to show. God love him if he becomes a Bengal, this kid has skills but will need some guidance in the future. Everything he has done has sounded smug and way too overconfident for a kid that hasn't proven a thing in the NFL and has proved he can play very well one year in college. He has flags that would keep me wary of him at pick 10 but at #1 overall he is a gigantic risk.



Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

What is so disturbing and quite telling about the mindset of those in the elite media is stated right here: "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 , who wasn't expected to show Wednesday, somehow made it there late and made himself available to everyone.
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Firsg off, you are nitpick on Cam because Peterson was to show up but back out but when he did show up, did it late but u don't see that as a reason to stop him from going off the board first. But Cam paying his own way, showing up ontime and spending quality time with the kids and left right when the media show up is a sign of immaturity to you and the Panthers really need to think about not drafting him first.

Why does it seem like this attack on Cam by the elite media is a well orchestrated ploy to discourage teams from picking him high? Peterson can show up late and it's understandable. Cam finishing job and leaving but not talking to the media is a BIG RED FLAG. WOW..Color me stupid...



Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

 "is some kind of bust? "    buxum blond in Naked Gun movie   LOL

  same can be said about Cam Cam....  nice bust!!!  LOL   Laughing



Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

I now see why these folks in the media still have jobs while a good portion of the country don't. They write stuff for the sheer entertainment of fools.




Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

seriously?  This is what you now call journalism? I highly suspect that Cam Newton is much more mature, handles adversity and presents himself with much more dignity and class than those who seem to follow his every move waiting to add their spin on it.  Newsflash moron - you're not the story, your opinions aren't fact and if you're going to quote people, name them.  I think we've all grown tired of the dubious "unnamed sources" so heavily relied upon by CBS Sports.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

what a waste of the last 2 minutes of my life. A writer with nothing to write says "well, I can always find a new way to trash Cam Newton without making it look like I'm doing just that". I can't stand the way Newton carries himself- but him dodging the scumbag media members who make livings off of gossiping like little girls only improves MY view of him.



Since: Feb 3, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

You're a douche! He just doesnt want to answer the same questions he already answered. Where you gonna ask him a new questions or soemthing? Probably not. Stop acting like a girl who was stood up at the prom. If I was him I wouldnt want to talk to the media either. You guys have done nothing positive for his draft status.



Since: Sep 28, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

You can make that statement because it is your prerogative.....but in reality ...who knows who is going to turn out to be a "franchise" QB??  NOONE!!! Not the professional talent scouts and/or guru's...and expecially not you!!  Case in point....TOM BRADY...need I say more on the subject of predicting a franchise QB??  There may be none of the at least 3 qb's that I think will go in rd 1 that become that "franchise" QB, there may be all 3 or so of them.......Too many variables involved to make such a bold statement like that, Defense does win championships, but a good qb puts butts in the seats...and If I were an owner......that's the bottom line!!


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