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Cam Newton won’t “bring race into the game”

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Prior to the draft, Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon complained that criticism of Cam Newton was based on his race.  Since Moon was acting as an advisor to Newton and given that Newton said nothing to contradict Moon’s comments, some assumed that Moon was saying what Newton was thinking.

If that’s what Newton was thinking, it’s not what he’s saying.

“Sir, it all comes down to whether a person wins or loses,” Newton told Andrew Corsello of GQ, via NFL.com.  “I don’t bring race into the game, ’cause then you’re talking about excuses.  I.  Hate.  Excuses.  Excuses are a disease.”

It’s a refreshing attitude.  Coupled with the manner in which Newton has been putting in the hours during the lockout, we’re starting to think that Newton will be everything that the Panthers hope he’ll be.

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  1. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 24, 2011 7:22 PM

    I’m starting to like Cam Newton more and more.

  2. dldove77 says: Jun 24, 2011 7:22 PM

    Excited Panthers fan here. I’ve done a 180 since draft day.

  3. innerlign says: Jun 24, 2011 7:24 PM

    he’s still gonna be a bust

  4. arrogantathlete says: Jun 24, 2011 7:25 PM

    Yeah don’t worry just wait until it’s starts going bad. Which it will.

  5. Spencer says: Jun 24, 2011 7:26 PM

    Whether or not he agrees with Moon, he allowed Moon to speak for him and inflame the race issue to distract from some very valid criticisms about Newton’s game, his attitude and his football intelligence before the draft. Newton is very clever – he’s constantly letting others in his circle take the heat for him so he can walk away unscathed.

  6. commandercornpone says: Jun 24, 2011 7:28 PM

    but his mouthpiece did.

    same old same old.

  7. brownsfrown says: Jun 24, 2011 7:28 PM

    @Ravensfan

    Of course you like Cam! He fits the gangster profile of your team.

    Thief? Check.

    Cheater? Check.

    Extortionist? Time will tell.

    Just hope they keep him away from Super Bowls that he’s not playing in, or Ray Ray can show him the finer points of other felonious behavior.

  8. duanethomas says: Jun 24, 2011 7:29 PM

    Didn’t I just say the samething in the Doug Williams post?

    “Just Win Baby”…..Al Davis

    Black/White/wife-beater/manslaughter/bankruptcy/alcoholic/drug abuser/cheat on your wife.

    Just Win!

  9. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 24, 2011 7:35 PM

    I’ll be surprised if Cam ever leads a team to a playoff appearance…

  10. crimhollingsworth says: Jun 24, 2011 7:37 PM

    The only color cam will discuss is green- That’s how he almost ended up going to Mississippi State, but they didn’t pay up.

  11. backindasaddle says: Jun 24, 2011 7:37 PM

    Encouraging and refreshing comments. The right attitude and it sounds like he’s working his tail off too. Good for you kid. Keep it up and learn the mental aspect of your position. That’s a vital key to the QB position.

  12. iplaybad says: Jun 24, 2011 7:40 PM

    He could have made a ton of excuses last year when he was being scrutinized for not being eligible. Yet, he did his thing and brought his team a national championship.

    Show him the rookie wage scale money!!!

  13. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Jun 24, 2011 7:45 PM

    Hopefully, he means what he says and sticks to it.

  14. movieman5 says: Jun 24, 2011 7:50 PM

    So do you think there is ZERO racism towards black QBs in the NFL? thumbs up if you think there is sterotyping/racism. thumbs down if there is no sterotyping/racism for black QBs specifically. This will be interesting.

  15. krow101 says: Jun 24, 2011 7:51 PM

    Criticism is based on uncertainty because he was a running QB in a not-very-NFL system.

    Last year it was Tebow getting almost the exact same thing.

    So it’s not race … duh.

  16. bears0492 says: Jun 24, 2011 7:58 PM

    its gonna be real funny once the games start and the optimism just completely fades away with Cam Newton

  17. Slim Charles says: Jun 24, 2011 7:59 PM

    Newton won’t bring race into the game, but the PFT commenters are another story. I’m sure there will be some real gems on this one.

  18. skoobyfl says: Jun 24, 2011 8:00 PM

    One horse wins a race, not a game.

  19. descendency says: Jun 24, 2011 8:01 PM

    That’s nice to hear, but let’s see how he reacts when his team is 0-3 and the crowd is booing him.

    Lots of people talk big before their first NFL games. Then when everyone is down on them, they reach for standard excuses.

    I’m not saying he will fail, but let’s not get the cart before the horse.

  20. peester15 says: Jun 24, 2011 8:08 PM

    I am really hoping Cam succeeds. He has a great attitude…I have pulled a 180 on Newton also.

  21. infinitig says: Jun 24, 2011 8:11 PM

    Very impressive attitude, spoken like a true winner.

  22. raideralex99 says: Jun 24, 2011 8:16 PM

    It’s funny … only the QB position brings up the race card … why?
    Not even Crabtree played the race card for being drafted so late.

  23. Deb says: Jun 24, 2011 8:21 PM

    Nice quote–reflects a good attitude. It’s good to learn reports of his solid work ethic are true. I’m not a believer in run-first spread QBs for pro-style offenses and thought both he and Tebow were drafted too high. I really wish both luck in proving me wrong.

    And even though I think Cam’s smile is his best feature, that is one hot photo :)

  24. scott8nj says: Jun 24, 2011 8:30 PM

    Too many people bring race into EVERYTHING. Sure racism exists but it’s not there half as often as that card is played.

  25. airic31 says: Jun 24, 2011 8:36 PM

    by “not bringing race into the game”, he brought race into the game. . .

  26. kmynatt says: Jun 24, 2011 8:36 PM

    As a Panthers fan and someone who was FAR from sold on Cam before and even after they drafted him, I have to admit I’m pleasantly surprised! Everyone bashed his work ethic, his ability to learn plays and his character. All we’ve seen from him is a kid that’s putting in the work and doing everything right. He seems to want to prove people wrong, and that’s not a bad thing. I say keep it up and show em what ya got KID.

  27. blkmanwtan says: Jun 24, 2011 8:46 PM

    There is no proof that Cam Newton or his father was paid, but there is proof that espn and Joe Schad were telling stories that weren’t true.

  28. skins359 says: Jun 24, 2011 8:56 PM

    Somewhere Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are crying.

  29. trbowman says: Jun 24, 2011 8:58 PM

    This happens every year during the draft.

    A team takes a player and the fanbase has mixed feelings about it.

    Over time, you start to hear fans say how they’ve “warmed” up to the pick. Because fans naturally want to think their team made the right call, and will justify a pick to themselves.

    Anyway, out of the NFL in four years.

  30. jaypace says: Jun 24, 2011 9:04 PM

    Vince young won games for tenn. So it’s not just about wins and loses. It is about how you conduct yourself, how you lead. There is more to the qb position than win/loss record. Black qbs intelligence are brought into question more often. I mean it’s football not rocket science there is nothing new in the game that hasn’t already been done, so anybody can study and learn. But people can not question his physical gifts, strong arm, running ability but you can question his integrity. So I guess the main bullet point of this presentation would be let’s wait and see. We are such a society of haters that want to see people do poorly before they play just so we can say “I was right I should be a gm”.

  31. thetooloftools says: Jun 24, 2011 9:10 PM

    I just want to see someone light it the hell up… I don’t care about the color of their skin.
    I can’t wait till someone seriously brings the lateral into play and you get all kinds of misdirection chaos.
    NFL offences need to think outside “the wildcat”.

  32. denverhighrize says: Jun 24, 2011 9:27 PM

    Oh but Cam you are part of a race…the human race. One that Ray Lewis says will be completely wiped out if we don’t have a football season.

  33. mvpanthersfan11 says: Jun 24, 2011 9:31 PM

    OMG OMG!!! Did hell just freeze over?? Someone complemented Cam Newton?? OMG!!!

  34. catman72 says: Jun 24, 2011 9:33 PM

    Love this kid, the rest of the league should be scared – if he lives up to half of his potential he’ll be a defensive coordinator’s worst nightmare.

  35. stonedwhitetrash says: Jun 24, 2011 9:34 PM

    Cam could bleach himself lily white and will still be just another mediocre quarterback.

  36. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 24, 2011 9:35 PM

    @brownsfrown

    that comment is a perfect of example of ignorance being bliss.

  37. mick730 says: Jun 24, 2011 9:39 PM

    The only thing that ever turned me off about Cam Newton was Warren Moon. That and the thing about the icon and lifestyle, but hell, he’s only 22 or 23 and how many 22 or 23 years olds say something they wish they could take back? All of them. I know I sure did. I don’t even want to think of the things I said and did when I was 22. I certainly wouldn’t want the world to know about them.

    Let’s face it. Newton probably throws away more trim than all of us put together get. He looks like a movie star, is a great athlete, is going to be richer than midas and on top of all of that, sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders and a good bit of common sense.

    I’m hoping he succeeds big time. So long as he never beats the Packers.

  38. 12darryl says: Jun 24, 2011 9:50 PM

    I think he will be fine if he stay discipline just do what he goes best play tha game

  39. crubenst says: Jun 24, 2011 10:14 PM

    “I don’t bring race into the game, ’cause then you’re talking about excuses. I. Hate. Excuses. Excuses are a disease.”

    Say what you want, but that is the exact right answer to the question. So give credit where credit is due.

  40. hobartbaker says: Jun 24, 2011 10:27 PM

    Then what the hell is he doing in a “black and white” photograph?

    One sure thing about Newt, if that Neolithic Era jaw is moving, and those horse teeth are clacking, you know he is lying.

  41. hobartbaker says: Jun 24, 2011 10:30 PM

    Yesterday Newt couldn’t spell “ridiculous overblown poseur”, and now he is one. Tomorrow he still won’t be able to spell it.

  42. TheWizard says: Jun 24, 2011 10:35 PM

    It’s funny … only the QB position brings up the race card … why?

    Most of the other positions are slanted the other way.

    This pleases the liberal sports media.

  43. seanx40 says: Jun 24, 2011 10:50 PM

    I assume Warren Moon is teaching him not to get caught throwing women down stairs.

  44. cosanostra71 says: Jun 24, 2011 10:51 PM

    As a USC fan, I don’t really like Cam Newton after he got away with what I believe was obvious violations in college. But since going pro, his work ethic and actions have impressed me. I like that he said this. I’m not saying that there isn’t some (emphasis on some) inadvertent racism in the NFL, but it wasn’t in play here. Most of the concerns about him were legitimate. He sounds like he understands that though, and is willing to work to improve and become a better player. I am a fan of Jon Stewart and several Panthers players. If Newton continues on the path he has been on since being drafted, he just might win me over.

  45. hobartbaker says: Jun 24, 2011 11:02 PM

    Newt hates excuses. Like.

    Claiming. You. Bought. A. Stolen. Laptop. From. A. Stranger. In. A. Parking. Lot.

    Letting. Your. Father. Take. Full. Blame. For. Your. Own. Selfishness.

    Blaming. Your. Crappy. Workout. On. DIII. Receivers.

  46. mase7286 says: Jun 24, 2011 11:15 PM

    Can we archive this article somehow?…..For some reason I feel in about 5 years we may need to come back to it

  47. raideralex99 says: Jun 24, 2011 11:35 PM

    Career Passing: 191 Cmp, 292 Att, 2908 Yds, 30 TD
    Career Rushing: 285 Att, 1586 Yds, 5.6 Avg, 24 TD
    Career Punting: 1 Punts, 22 Yds, 22.0 Avg
    Career Scoring: 25 TD, 150 Pts

    That’s not much experience so I would not get my hopes up to much … he still has alot of work ahead of him.

  48. nfceastisbeast says: Jun 24, 2011 11:38 PM

    Who’s that white cornerback on the ……oh, nevermind!

  49. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 25, 2011 12:55 AM

    STOP IGNORING RACE PEOPLE!

    You ever think if you don’t see color you might not see the person? A lot of people are partially defined by their heritage and therefore the color of their skin. You ignore the color of their skin and for some you’re ignoring them.

    Cam Newton is lying through his teeth. If he thinks he won’t bring race into the game. Everybody is looking to him to save the future of the black QB because we are a dying breed.
    He may not want to bring it but its coming whether he likes it or not.

    There wasn’t one miraculous event that ended all racism. People just seem to want to ignore it.

  50. pokedoke206 says: Jun 25, 2011 3:37 AM

    Of course racism in football exist but hey it’s something u gotta deal with. The USA is mainly white right? And people wanna see people they can identify with right? Like how they bash Vick still but act like Ben Rothlesburger who was acused of rape twice gets a pass in the media it happens all the time. Vince Young one of the most winningest QBs is being questioned as if he can’t play but Alex Smith gets a pass & is still a starting QB while Jamarcus Russle is outta football & didn’t have the same talent on his team if u say race dosnt matter your blind

  51. chazatlas says: Jun 25, 2011 7:05 AM

    All the Cam haters favorite College teams got their ass handed to them by Cam & Auburn last year. Hate always has a source. Ha!

  52. cesquire says: Jun 25, 2011 7:12 AM

    I’m not sure what makes Newton any better than Jason Campbell. They went to the same college, had the same stats, nearly the same record, both were drafted in the first round, though Campbell had more playing time in college…

  53. pigeonpea says: Jun 25, 2011 8:33 AM

    bearsrulepackdrool says:

    There wasn’t one miraculous event that ended all racism. People just seem to want to ignore it.

    The only racists I see outing themselves anymore are the ones who keep throwing down the race card every chance they get. It is sad and pathetic to be perfectly honest, and I am simply tired of hearing people constantly crying wolf when they don’t get exactly what they want.

    As for Cam Newton, the issues people have with him stem from his behaviour in college and his wannabe rockstar status. The former could be chalked up to the stupidity of youth, but the latter is nothing but undeserved arrogance. Perhaps once Cam has a season or two under his belt playing at a pro level people will see him differently. Until then, he’ll be judged by what comes out of his mouth vs. what he actually accomplishes on the gridiron. In other words, Cam would be wise to keep his trap shut until he proves himself.

  54. Derty Ernie says: Jun 25, 2011 9:37 AM

    This guy has had either his dad or a paid agent mentoring him since college and has been told the right things to say when on camera.

    The problem with him, its been his actions off the field that tell the true story. The fact that he even brings up race is racial. If its not an issue don’t mention it.

    As soon as he falls apart and doesn’t produce those words will change. there will be somone to blaim, there always is. Ditto MR Pryor as well.

  55. commonspence says: Jun 25, 2011 9:58 AM

    We’re gonna judge a person based on a prepared/coached answer to a softball question?

    When will we learn to wait and judge athletes on how they handle adversity? How many times did media try to tell us Randy Moss had changed…only to see the real Moss come out once he collided with adversity.

    Wait, people. Adversity reveals character…

  56. richm2256 says: Jun 25, 2011 10:32 AM

    hobartbaker says:
    Newt hates excuses. Like.

    Claiming. You. Bought. A. Stolen. Laptop. From. A. Stranger. In. A. Parking. Lot.

    Letting. Your. Father. Take. Full. Blame. For. Your. Own. Selfishness.

    Blaming. Your. Crappy. Workout. On. DIII. Receivers.

    ———————————————————–

    Well played. First intelligent thing you’ve posted in a while.

    mase7286 says:
    Can we archive this article somehow?…..For some reason I feel in about 5 years we may need to come back to it
    ———————————————————–
    Agreed. Excellent post.

  57. nckshark says: Jun 25, 2011 11:23 AM

    QuestionQuestion: How many black QBs have won the superbowl?

    Answer: 1, in the entire history of the league.

    Not trying so sound like I’m throwing racism out there, just stating the facts. If your a NFL owner or head coach and you truely want to win a superbowl why wouldn’t you play the odds? The history speaks for itself.

  58. Deb says: Jun 25, 2011 11:28 AM

    @pokedoke206 …

    Everybody wants to bash Vick but Roethlisberger gets a pass even though he was twice accused of rape? Well let’s take a realistic look at that, shall we?

    Vick was guilty. He was caught red-handed–the red being the blood on his hands. There was a mountain of evidence and eyewitness testimony against him. And he confessed to heinous acts. Yet because of what some might consider prosecutorial misconduct, he did a limited stretch in prison given the scope of the crime. The NFL welcomed him back with open arms despite the public protests, and the media has crowned him the NFL’s new Golden Child.

    Roethlisberger’s first accusation came a year after a one-night stand from a woman who never filed a police report but sued for $3 million. She sent time-stamped e-mails to friends the night of their one-nighter that conflict with her story and texts the following day saying how much she wanted to see him again. His Georgia accuser’s medical exam shows she didn’t have intercourse with anyone that night. Based on the statements of dozens of witnesses, it appears that whole thing was orchestrated by a sorority sister pissed off at being thrown out of the party. Roethlisberger has never even been arrested.

    But the media reported only the salacious statements of those three sorority women rather than the actual case facts, and they never mention Roethlisberger’s name without saying he was twice accused of rape–as though the accusation makes it true. It doesn’t. His suspension was largely to appease an erroneous public perception of nonexistent guilt.

    I have no problem giving Vick his second chance. But he did his crime. Roethlisberger didn’t but will forever carry the label anyway. You have a strange idea of what constitutes “a pass.”

  59. melikefootball says: Jun 25, 2011 12:49 PM

    Time will tell, we have heard this all before from others.

  60. dgforreal says: Jun 25, 2011 1:41 PM

    “I don’t bring race into the game, ’cause then you’re talking about excuses. I. Hate. Excuses. Excuses are a disease.”

    Newton went on to say “I have retired Hall Of Famers to bring race into the game for me.”.

  61. TheWizard says: Jun 25, 2011 2:58 PM

    and you truely want to win a superbowl why wouldn’t you play the odds? The history speaks for itself.

    I disagree, that’s like the odds of a coin flip. If you flip the coin nine times and it comes up heads each time, the odds on the tenth flip are still 50/50

    Similarly, if a black quarterback makes the Super Bowl this year, the results of the previous Super Bowls will have absolutely no effect on the outcome of the current one.

  62. 1historian says: Jun 25, 2011 8:40 PM

    Good luck kid.

  63. brownsfrown says: Jun 26, 2011 1:50 AM

    @Deb

    Your black and gold is showing again, My Dear!

  64. Deb says: Jun 26, 2011 2:39 PM

    @brownsfrown …

    That’s not my black and gold, sweetie, those are the facts!

  65. turfdaddy says: Jun 26, 2011 9:13 PM

    @ raiderfan99
    Your stats are wrong. Those stats don’t include his time @ the Junior College where…oh yeah, he won a National Championship.

    One thing you can say about Cam. He’s a winner. He won in high school, won in Junior College and he won @ Auburn.

  66. damienthorne2012 says: Jul 3, 2011 2:47 AM

    nckshark says: Jun 25, 2011 11:23 AM

    QuestionQuestion: How many black QBs have won the superbowl?

    Answer: 1, in the entire history of the league.

    Not trying so sound like I’m throwing racism out there, just stating the facts. If your a NFL owner or head coach and you truely want to win a superbowl why wouldn’t you play the odds? The history speaks for itself.
    ——————————————————

    Now if we are going to be fair about that history you speak of I must add something to the comment above.

    Question: How many Black quarterbacks have lost in a History of the Superbowl?

    Answer: 2

    Question: How many white quarterbacks have lost in the history of the Superbowl?

    Answer: 43

    As said before…Just stating the facts.

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