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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

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:09 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Thanks for yet another great article Clark!  Yes there are way too many character issues  (amoungst other major issues) to ever take this future "Hall Of Buster" any sooner than the 3rd round .  Canada is 4 years away Cool

Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:05 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

A non-story.  There is no protocol. 

Journalists and media personel love trashing guys for no reason.  Let it be...this kid can be something special in the NFL

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:03 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Caught this nugget from a different website that linked up to this one.  If I were a 1st round NFL prospect who was there, I'd ignore you and the rest of the media too.  You make it sound like you're entitled to something here Clark, just like the papparazi claim when they stake out celebrities.  Guess what?  You're not, there was nothing that required him to stay and talk to your ignorant azz (yes, I said ignorant, I've read your articles in the past, and nothing I've read in this article has changed my opinion of you).  Your tone is as if you'd be more pleased with the guy if he blew off the kids and talked to you.  His money, his time.  He doesn't owe anything to anyone yet.  I hope the guy succeeds in the NFL.  If he doesn't, he could always go and write for, as it seems they'll never fire anyone who writes poor articles for them.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:58 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:56 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Sounds like sour grapes to me because you wanted to interview him and couldn't because he left when the media showed up. So everytime a draft prospect doesn't speak to the media it could be a "RED FLAG"? Or does that just pertain to Cam Newton? What a waste of an article. If you don't like the kid just man up and say it already.

Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:55 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Mr Judge, I am not a big Cam Newton fan, however, you in the press seem to think that everybody has a responsibility to speak to you when you are around.  You may have the FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, but, Cam Newton also has FREEDOM OF SPEACH, and , choses not to talk to you people in the press and should not be put down for it. He paid his own way there and played with kids, etc, but, when you in the press arrived he left.  I would to, because most people don't trust the press.


Your argument would be more believable if the grammar and spelling did not make you sound like a 4th grader.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:54 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Shadow - I guess you're saying he is owed because he is a black man??  This guy doesn't have the OVERALL skills of Vick or Young.  Carolina should grab Young in FA

Since: Mar 31, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:53 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

So you are pissed, b/c he wouldn't talk to you? Was this event, about the media or the kids? If he came there, and stiffed the kids I would understand the story. Get over yourself!!!

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:53 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Must be all the cash his ass and his old man blackmailed those crackers in Auburn.  He's a tool and is gonna be a bust.  He's so due to get caught and fall, on his ass...Draft him ya got jamarcus jr..

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:51 pm

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Are you serious Judge? It just never ends does it? I haven't seen a bunch of media and sports talking heads wanting a kid to fail more than this since LeBron was a senior in HS and was caught up in the Hummer scandal. Get over it dude. It wasn't enough for you that you have him falling all the way to 10th pick to the Skins in your Mock Draft? Your hater goggles are on with a very tight strap. He doesn't owe you or any other clown with a pen and pad anything. It's because of guys like you is the reason he bolted early, knowing no matter what he says you'd take a shot at him. Get out of your feelings and man up! He's going number one and despite your hate there's nothing you can do about it.

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