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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: Apr 11, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

This is a remarkable non story.  "Newton pays own way to pre draft event".  "Newton only plays with kids, not media".  "Newton may have close associates and confidants".  To top it off, the writer quotes an anonymous source to trash Newton further.  Maybe, just maybe the writer of this article has a preconceived notion or two.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Maybe your Titans can get a larger (but dumber) Vince Young in the draft.



Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Parcels is very high on this guy, I think I will listen to him over you in drafting players.




Since: May 27, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

The piece on ESPN with Gruden did it for me. When he started talking about how they called plays in auburn, i was thinking to myself "Oh Snaps!! This dude has no idea what he is getting into!" The OC for Carolina will have to call plays with flash cards for this guy....



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

The guy that wrote this article should be ashamed of himself, because you are the immature one!!!
Do you make every-day decisions for yourself? After reading your article, it sure doesn't sound like it...

Just because, "someone" asked him to talk to the media, it doesn't mean that he has to, especially when Newton paid for everything from his own pocket. He doesn't have to talk to you, idiots, because all you people do is pick apart his every word and bash him. If I were Cam, I would avoid media as much as possible. Media people are just too self-absorbed to realize what they are doing to a young person's life.

Get a life, buddy! ...and maybe then you can write about something that really matters




Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Another #1 bust..no way way Carolina drafts this high risk Scam! they need too much..including leadership. something Scam doesn't have a trace of. Play it safe with Peterson,the positive impact will be felt much quicker.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

True, but what you fail to mention is he will be bankrupt by the time he is 30.  If you agree with that, then I guess we are on the same page.



Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

There is really too much at stake for him to keep talking to the media, simply because the media cannot be trusted anymore. They are even commenting on whether his smile is genuine or not. Who cares and how does that effect him being a QB. The guy just won a heisman and a BCS title and we are questioning if his smile is real or not. Is Blaine Gabberts smile genuine who knows because the media has not taken the time to study it the way they have Cam's.

For all you know the Panthers themselves have probably told him to stop doing interviews because of the stupidity of the interviewers.



Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

First of all don't we mean Auburns boosters paid his way?
Any way, can we just start calling him Cam "Russell" Newton. Who ever drafts this guy just signed their pink slip. 
Here's a hint don't draft a QB this year unless it's in the second round or later. None of them are a Franchise qb. NONE!!!
Go defense, that is where the talent is.



Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Got BUST written all over him, jason campbell at best! youll see


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