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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: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:35 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

I am a long long way from being a Cam Newton fan on any level. I think he still took money from Auburn and that Auburn paid him to play college football.

That being aside, he has no obligation to speak with the media what so ever. The media really piss me off as they think everyone has an obligation to give an interview, or speak to them about anything they think if of importance.

I say a reporter run up to a person in San Diego shove a microphone into his face and asked him about possible illegal things in his life. The guy told the report no comment and continued to walk away from the reporter.

You would think the reporter would have gotten the message, but no he once again shoved the microphone into the man’s face and asked another question. Once again the person told the reporter to get the hell out of his way and remove the microphone.


The reporter was actually surprised when the man hit him in the face with his fist. I don’t condone violence, however, there is a thrush hold that is being crossed and you just want to retaliate in any form necessary. In this case I cheered for the man and was glad he popped the reporter and knocked him on his A$$.

The media appears as if they are entitled to an interview or ask any question of anyone they so desire.

Reporters are rude, ask dumb questions and get angry when the answer does not please them. Some even as the same question using different words , which cause a lot of people to get tired and show disgust to the reporters. I like it when the one being intervied simply get up and walk away.

I don’t blame Cam Newton for not answering questions, that is a choice of his. His is not required to answer anyone’s question, nor hold an interview.


“ONE MAN’S OPINION”




Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

wow T Town..  If you read what I said, I was not bashing anything about the guys talent... Who are you?  his brother??  I completely agree with your last statement.  Cam is going to go in the top 3 at worst....  he doesn't have to worry about his job interview because in the NFL, people will take chances on talent.  That is the problem that I see though.  If it all comes down to hey, who cares if I am a bust, then that is why a team would not want to take you with the top pick.  I personally don't care.  I was putting out my opinion that if a guy is this comfortable the night before the NFL draft and decided to dodge the media after they were asked to entertain them, then what is he going to be like in 6 months after he has his millions already coming in.....  It will not matter to Cam...  JaMarcus Russell laughed all the way to the bank while we, the fans, pay him to do nothing....  We pay these guys salary.  Every time you buy a jersey and every time you buy a ticket or a beer at the game, you are paying this guy.....  I do not support the NFL in any way.  I dont even watch them on TV any more....



Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Bottom line is hes gonna go #1 and make millions.  Even if hes a bust like Vince Young he still walks away with millions.  The guy is a 2 time Champion and again gonna be a first round millionaire....what have you done sdw



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

@ T Town..  I didnt say he was obligated...  I said when you are trying to put your best foot forward for potential employers, you do what you are asked....



Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

has anyone noticed the pattern??? CAM haters aknowledge and list the facts, while CAM lovers just make excuses and justify the facts lol... CAm is a big mistake with the first overall



Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

@sdw19  Hes not hired yet so hes not obligated to do anything yet.  Cam is not stupid, hes actualy smart for dipping out on these clowns.  Why talk to somebody thats gonna bash and twist every word he says



Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

i would think that with as idiotic as the media has gotten with Newton lately that his handlers probably have cut you off completely until after the draft. Can't say I blame them.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

HOW ABOUT THIS _ I AM NOT A MEDIA GUY.  This guy doesn't have the OVERALL (Reading and calling coverages) skills of Vick or Young.  Carolina don't PISS your pick away.



Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

This draft bs is something like this royal wedding....get off of it.  I will be so glad when this draft is over with and Cam goes #1 despite all the haters.  Get your tissues read cause its gonna happen.  I wouldnt piss on judge till he was done burning :p 



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

For all of you non issue guys, this is a BIG issue.  The QB of any team can not dodge the media.  he does not get to do what he wants, and as much as most of us hate it, he has to talk to the media.......  I hate the media as much as the rest of you, but the media has access and if a player is asked to talk to them and he doesn't, that is a big question mark in my book.  I know when I hire a guy and he does stupid garbage in the first couple of weeks at work, you might as well start looking for a replacement because it is only going to get worse after that person gets more comfortable.  Cam is a great talent...  That may not translate into NFL stardom, and it might...  At this point, who knows?  One thing is for certain though.  When you are trying to put your best foot forward for potential employers, you do what you are asked..  If you don't, you deserve the bad press that you are going to get by thinking you can do whatever you want.  


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