Cam Newton still wonders which sources said he has a fake smile

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After his phenomenal rookie season, all of the pre-draft criticisms about Panthers quarterback Cam Newton now seem pretty silly. But the one that seems silliest — about his fake smile — is one that Newton is still scratching his head over.

In an interview with Hannah Storm on ESPN, Newton was reminded that 14 months ago, draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki called Newton, “Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup.” Newton said he’s not angry about those comments, but he is puzzled about which sources might have told Nawrocki that he has a selfish, me-first makeup, because Newton doesn’t believe that’s something that people who know him would say.

“What gets me all the time with you analysts is it’s always the sources,” Newton said. “Where do people get the sources from? I was hearing sources from so many different arenas. ‘We have a source that says Cam Newton is this.’ I’m like, ‘Will the source please raise his hand or her hand?’ Because I want to know. Most of the things they were saying about me were not true by a long shot.”

Newton said his feelings weren’t hurt by hearing those things about him, but he acknowledged that it’s hard not to be at least a little bit taken aback by learning that people are questioning him not only as a football player, but as a person.

“I don’t think there was anything that hurt, but at the end of the day I’m still human,” Newton said.

And it’s only human to wonder which sources were doubting you — and to keep wondering even after you’ve proven them wrong.

32 responses to “Cam Newton still wonders which sources said he has a fake smile

  1. I hope Cam doesn’t let this kind of talk (Nolan Nawrocki, Alex Smith) get to his head. What Nawrocki said is way worse than what Smith said about Cam. Either way, Cam’s name will be spoken alot in the future, he’s a superstar. I could see it bothering him if it’s 5-6 years into his career and he’s still hearing it from everybody but a meaningless shot here and there this early in his career he shouldn’t put too much into. Has he given reason to dislike him that I’m unaware of?

  2. When I read that “scouting report” that mentioned Cam’s “fake smile” I knew, even though I’m not a panthers fan, I would root for him as long as he plays. No rookie deserves that kind of slanderous attack from a writer, especially when all of the actual football people (Coaches, teammates, NFL executives) stated otherwise.

    That journalist should be ashamed for reporting in a scouting report, which is supposed to list strengths and weaknesses in players with only a sentance or two about their personality and behavior, about Cam’s smile and demenor. Anyone with half a brain knew that Nawrocki was just trying to make a name for himself by using that source’s quote. 95% of that report was filled with junk trying to slander Cam, and 5% on the field material most of it negative.

  3. Prove us wrong Cam and win more than 6 games this season. Will ya, and shut up rookie!

  4. Really really I find it sad that the only news about the panthers these guys can come up with is Alex Smith vs Cam Newton, and if it hasn’t been milked enough, Cam newtons character. For the love of football post some stuff that is positive to the panthers organization. All this negative feed back only proves how money hungry and blood thirsty the media is. Talk about Charles Johnson almost matching Peppers each year he has started. Talk about the future of round 1 pick luke kuwluchy or Frank Alexzander. Talk about who is going to step up this year for the Panthers David Gettis, Joe Adams or Kealoha Pilares. Talk about how Steve Smith is. HOF’er the best damn Panther to date.

  5. all i know is i keep seeing articles about cam everyday, i always heard the best players create the most noise, the kid must be doing something right,def generating alot of noise, would be fun to know the things alot of these self righteous people got into in their late teens and early 20s, i dare say most did alot worse than cam ever has.keep smiling cam, makes all the hater wonder what you are up to

  6. @regulator,

    “I always heard the best players create the most noise…”

    I heard the best players create the most wins.

    For being such a badass “superman,” Newton sure needs a lot of reassurance from his teammates and now reporters. If you’re good, then go be good. Who cares what anybody else thinks. This “kid,” has sensitive ears.

  7. Giants fan, but love this dude. He smiled and tried to be nice pre-draft, and they called him fake. If he was stonewall and distant, they would have said hes a problem. Haters going to hate.

    Cant wait for the GMEN to play you this year Cam, should be fun. Dont dance around too much, our D-line dont play that!

  8. If you recall, Cam Newton left college with some baggage. He was asked a lot of personal things during that time. I think I can understand why he actually might fake/force a smile during some of that questioning. Would you rather he frowned and scowled? He took it better than a lot of other prefessional football players would have.

  9. Everybody has a fake smile. How many times have you smiled while shaking your bosses hand even though you hate his guts? People fake smile every day. It’s part of the game of life.

  10. Cam will soon be the most popular player in the NFL. He is honest, hard working and a great teammate. Even the hicks in Charlotte had their doubts but now they love them some Cam. Of course, they also like Newt Gingrich so average Panther fan is not very bright! Cam will win MVP this year and convert even the sizable redneck football fan who won’t recognize a great player because he is black! Shame on you yahoos in the south!!!!

  11. That smile looked authentic to me when he was lighting teams up on his way to setting rookie records.

  12. pantherpro says:
    Jun 1, 2012 9:32 PM
    “Cam will soon be the most popular player in the NFL. He is honest, hard working and a great teammate. Even the hicks in Charlotte had their doubts but now they love them some Cam. Of course, they also like Newt Gingrich so average Panther fan is not very bright! Cam will win MVP this year and convert even the sizable redneck football fan who won’t recognize a great player because he is black! Shame on you yahoos in the south!!!!”

    Dude wow – why did u decide to turn this into a race issue? If you’re going to criticize the collective intelligence of an entire city at least try to string together a legible sentence. Also, it’s pretty clear you’ve never been to Charlotte because 95% of the ‘hicks’ here are transplants from up north. What an ignorant post.

  13. He’s a moron and a tool. Stop enabling him. Panthers and his family manage him like a radio controlled toy. He isn’t wired with even the most basic human interaction skills.

  14. He’s young…I’m not surprised he thinks about that. The older/more mature one gets, the less one gives a bleep about strangers who dislike them/make negative comments. It’s one compensation for getting older. 🙂

  15. As an Alabama fan, I’m not overly wild about Cam Newton. But knocking his smile? No, I don’t get that. From the female perspective, Newton has a Tom Cruise smile. Nice. Very, very nice 😉

  16. Media, Mr. Newton asked you a question, who are the sources? Either reveal the sources or stop with the soap opera crap, it’s football for pete’s sake!

  17. Deb says:Jun 2, 2012 12:35 PM

    As an Alabama fan, I’m not overly wild about Cam Newton. But knocking his smile? No, I don’t get that. From the female perspective, Newton has a Tom Cruise smile. Nice. Very, very nice

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    Oh, Deb is an Alabama fan? Never would have guessed because it’s been almost 5 minutes since she mentioned it…

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