Posted by Tom Fornelli
Before the Iron Bowl on Friday, Cam Newton and his Auburn teammates warmed up on the field to a couple of specially selected songs. Newton had already been showered in fake money by the Alabama student section as he made his way to the field, and once he was out there the songs "Son of a Preacher Man" and "Take the Money and Run."
Obviously, the selections were in reference to the rumors that Newton's father Cecil Newton, a preacher, was shopping his son to the highest bidder after he left Florida. Honestly, when I heard about all of this before the game started, I found it to be rather amusing. Maybe it wasn't the classiest way to go about things, but it wasn't exactly harmful.
Well, unless that was what motivated Newton to lead the Tigers back from a 24-0 deficit and win the game, but considering how things went in the first half, i doubt that's the case. Either way, the man who was in charge of those musical selections has been fired by the school.
"Our processes require that all music and videos played in the stadium prior to and during every game be carefully scripted and approved by a senior administrator in the Athletics Department," Alabama public relations director Deborah Lane said in a statement. "The former staff member deviated from the script that had been approved for the game with Auburn, and the University took steps to immediately terminate his contract."
"The University of Alabama takes great pride in our football team's long-standing tradition of playing the game with dignity and class, and showing respect for players and coaches of opposing teams. We are disappointed when the actions of any staff member undermine our deeply held values and expectations."
Am I the only one who finds this to be a bit of an overreaction? So the guy played some songs that weren't on a pre-selected list,* it's not like he set the building on fire here. Now, had he started playing some Justin Bieber, then by all means, fire him. Heck, lock him up, but all he did was play a couple of songs as a joke.
A joke on the best player of the school's biggest rival, in what was the biggest game of the season for both schools. I mean, isn't stuff like that what a rivalry is basically all about? You're not supposed to like your rival, and I don't see any problem with having a little fun with him.
Besides, that's nothing compared to what Newton probably heard from fans in the stands. Are the students who threw money at him going to get in trouble too?
*By the way, I'd love to be in on those meetings. "Listen, I'm cool with 'Who Let The Dogs Out' but if you think I'm playing 'Zombie Nation' you can just get the hell out of this meeting right now."