For some reason, AFC players taking shots at Cam Newton

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Apparently, the statute of limitations for ripping a rookie anonymously is right around a year.

Because for some reason, players are taking shots at Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for his behavior at the Pro Bowl last year.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com quotes a number of unnamed players saying Newton acted like a diva last year at the Pro Bowl, turning down an autograph request from one player, and that he apparently “dissed” Ray Lewis at another point.

That apparently triggered a higher level of intensity from AFC defenders, in a game where effort was rumored.

“He was a total —-hole,” one AFC player said. “Who did he think he was? He acted like the big [expletive]. Here he was at his first game and he acted like he was the star. Guys didn’t like that.”

Another player added: “It didn’t matter who it was, he didn’t care about anybody but himself.”

Stop. The. Presses. Professional athlete in his own world. God forbid he had a tattoo.

Newton’s a big boy, and doesn’t need defending. But as the first pick in the 2011 draft, it’s been open season on the kid since he walked through the doors at the combine. And the fact he’s playing for a team in a tailspin only makes him an easier target.

He carries himself differently than some players, and he’s made some questionable decisions (“entertainer and icon,” unveiling a clothing line after a bad loss, etc.). But according to multiple co-workers with the Panthers, players and front office alike, he’s made a conscious effort to present a different image this season, even as coaches try to press him into a leadership role that he may not be ready for.

He’s also played more efficiently of late, not that you’d notice. He’s accounted for eight touchdowns with no turnovers the last three games, and 12 touchdowns and two turnovers the last five. So while there’s a perceived sophomore slump, he’s actually playing better lately, as the team sags around him.

The Panthers are in the middle of an avalanche that’s going to result in many changes in that organization, from top to bottom.

But guys taking shots at him for his behavior almost a year ago seems as misplaced as folks in Charlotte who were all in a bunch because he put a towel over his head earlier this year.

57 responses to “For some reason, AFC players taking shots at Cam Newton

  1. I can’t help but guess someone asked this particular player about Cam Newton specifically. Players rarely speak to anything other than what they’re asked, so while it definitely strikes me as a petty comment, it’s hard not to wonder if whatever provoked it wasn’t just as much so.

  2. Im going to disagree with you on this one. Its one thing to be confident and an “entertainer” and what not. You dont show up your peers. Especially the ones playing at the highest level in the league. It seems as if you are having trouble distinguishing between confidence and respect.

  3. There’s nothing grosser than being willing to bash a guy anonymously – its the professional sports equivalent of snickering behind someone’s back in the cafeteria.

  4. Rule #1 – Don’t say anything negative about Ray Lewis. That man has more respect among NFL players than just about anyone active.

  5. They’re coming forward now because the reporter is ASKING THEM NOW. It’s not like these players called their own press conferences to criticize him.

    And good for them. He comes off as arrogant and selfish and I’m glad the players went after him for not showing respect to players like Ray Lewis.

  6. I had the opportunity to meet Cam at a celebrity charity bowling event in Vegas this summer. Couldn’t agree more. Self-centered and pompous. Phenomenal athlete, but not a leader or well respected from my vantage point.

  7. You do realize the last 3 games have been against the Chiefs, Eagles, and Buccaneers(I know they aren’t awful, but its a division opponent so erroneous).

  8. If guys making comments now about Cam are misplaced,why in the world would you even mention this to us now??? Sometimes,it’s better to steer away from the Circus instead of joining it..

  9. Really? We’re supposed to feel bad for Newton because he’s being pressed into a leadership role he’s not ready to take on? Certainly no more pressure has been on Newton than RGIII, a Heisman winner who’s trying to turn around a one-time championship team in the nation’s capital. And he’s working for one of the more … um … volatile coaches in the league. But the responsibility doesn’t seem to have turned him into a spoiled diva.

    Better for Newton if people stop disconnecting his actions from their consequences.

  10. For some reason? These complaints seem absolutely legitimate, in a place with many of the biggest stars of the year as a rookie and you act above them? His second year is disappointing, you can’t excuse criticisms just because they’re negative.

  11. Just when you try to like a guy like Cam Newton, stories like this and the way RG3 and Luck carry themselves and produce, it makes it really hard. I’m really starting to believe the stuff I read and hear about him being a phony, selfish, crybaby diva.

  12. “Newton’s a big boy, and doesn’t need defending”
    Writer then proceeds to defending Newton for four paragraphs.

    At least Newton says hello to the stadium employees in the morning, right Tom Jackson?

  13. You know why no one is paying attention to his recent run of good games? They’ve still lost more of those games than they’ve won. And I’m sorry but Carolina has lots of offensive talent (Williams, Stewart, Olsen, Smith). Cam generally racks up the stats when it doesn’t matter. He might be a great player, but he’s not a winner. His attitude tells you as much.

  14. I do remember him throwing like 5 ints and passes 5 yards away from his receiver.

    Oh, and the fact that Stafford got robbed of a probowl in favor of Cam. uhhh What?

  15. Everyone knows Cam is a diva it is no surprise. And I’m really not too sure why you would think players who have been there plenty of times wouldn’t rip on him for actinglike one. Lets see how far acting like a diva gets you. Just ask TO, Ochocinco, and the bunch who are better than plenty of people in the league yet can’t get off the unemployment line…

  16. All you have to do is watch last Sunday’s game. There Cam is once again a losing team losing late in fourth Qt against a bad team. Cam gets a first down and low and behold the SUPERMAN action starts. He wants respect, than show you are a leader. This is just a fan talking so you know the insiders,PLAYERS have a lot more info on the guy than we have. If he did not desrve the put down he would not get it. Oh well here comes Mr Moon again!

  17. Hopefully he can turn this around and act like a leader and be humble, like the article says he’s been very good in his last 3 games panthers need to build around him and they’ll be contenders.

  18. Really? We’re supposed to feel bad for Newton because he’s being pressed into a leadership role he’s not ready to take on? Certainly no more pressure has been on Newton than RGIII, a Heisman winner who’s trying to turn around a one-time championship team in the nation’s capital. And he’s working for one of the more volatile coaches in the league. But the responsibility doesn’t seem to have turned him into a spoiled diva.

    Better for Newton if people stop disconnecting his actions from their consequences.

  19. I wouldn’t get too excited about his stats from the last 3 games. He played some really bad teams.

  20. He’s Mike Vick 2.0 It is what it is. Give him a couple of years and he’ll have the washed up career too.

  21. @goraidersgospurs

    Haha I somewhat agree with you, except for Kobe and Jordan are the top two in history in their sports, not to mention as you said their fist full of championship rings. Newton hasn’t proved himself at all. He put up a lot of yards last year but also put up a bunch of turnovers. I can’t believe anyone compared RG3 and Newton. RG3 already has more respect around the league then Newton will ever have. For example, tmafter the Giants game on Monday, several Giants lined up to congratulate him and shake his hand, when have you seen Newton get that treatment? I live in NC, and happened to be able to meet Cam, and I agree, he was totally into himself and only signed like 3 autographs and then did his superman crap and walked away, it was ridiculous.

  22. I’m glad RGIII came along too!

    There was a huge difference between the two during their game. Almost after every positive play, Cam made long gestures and first down poses. They were run of the mill NFL plays!

    Besides, normal NFL quarterbacks look like Joe Montana against our D! He didn’t impress me much.

    He is big but he’s got a little Vince Young like look to him in how he acts..

    There! My 2 cents!

  23. “But according to multiple co-workers with the Panthers, players and front office alike, he’s made a conscious effort to present a different image this season…”

    That? Right there? Would make me uneasy. The very fact that he has to make a conscious effort to come across differently/as less of a diva. A little scary when that part doesn’t just come naturally.

  24. Cam Newton is one of the biggest diva’s in the sports world. Yes, he does have amazing athletic skills. Yes, he does carry a lot of baggage with what is expected of him, but he doesn’t know how to act. He was babied throughout college, babied throughout the draft and now he is babied by his coaching staff. My guess is that nothing will change until the new staff rolls in. When the current coaches are fired and replaced, Cam Newton is going to find out that much more will be expected from him and that instead of him being worshiped, he’ll be on the hot seat. His job security will be much different. The new staff just might decide that the current QB situation is not what they want.

  25. If only it was Jay Cutler acting like a pompous diva. Then you guys could have had a field day. Oh, it’s Cam? Nah he’s cool. Mostly because he smiles. Media darling and everything.

  26. The anonymous players and most of the people commenting sound like a bunch of whiny little girls. I don’t care who he wasn’t nice to or who he dissed. He is a quarterback on a losing team – this is not news. Man up!

  27. hey DG.. I like to point out the negativity of your posts, so I’ll applaud a positive one. good on you for standing up for the guy. he needs time to mature but he is gonna help them become a force to be reckoned with.

  28. I’m not shocked, coward haters are gonna be coward haters. They also hated Micheal Jordan too, we all know how that turned out. Newton will burn the league in the next 2 seasons. Ohh and he LOVES playing the bad guy, loves the hate. LMAO.

  29. “it’s been open season on the kid since he walked through the doors at the combine.”

    Uh, pretty much the entire NFL media and every sports writer in the nation last year lauded every pass, run, sneeze, and fart this guy made. He was everything Vick was supposed to be. He changed forever the way the game would be played and expectations for the QB position.

    Please don’t act like every picked on him all the time.

  30. I don’t blame DG for going on info he likely learned from people he trusts within the organization as well as players he trusts. I’d do the same. That said, it doesn’t mean the other info is wrong. It’s possible that DG is being told good things because that’s what those people are hoping they will see from Newton when positive comments come out. Positive reinforcement so to speak.
    There’s just too much negative buzz coming from people including someone I myself trust who have observed him away from the media (as others above have also commented)that are in direct contrast with what he says. I tend to think the real person is the person someone is when the cameras and mikes are off.

    At the very least, there’s fire where this smoke is. There haven’t been any/many of these comments from multiple people on QBs like RGIII, Luck, etc who are also very young but haven’t shown such immaturity. When someone is young they can be called immature when they are really just not a very nice person. Time will tell if Newton is simply immature or not a nice person.

  31. mx429 | Dec 5, 2012, 1:24 PM EST
    I’m glad RGIII came along to provide such a clear contrast to this selfish, self-important louse.
    _____________
    I’m sorry, why did you pick RG3 again? We know why.

  32. Anonymous = Coward. Put your name on it.

    This is the NFL version of “Gossip Girls.” Man up, ladies.

  33. tarheelpirate says:
    Dec 5, 2012 10:16 PM
    Anonymous = Coward. Put your name on it.

    This is the NFL version of “Gossip Girls.” Man up, ladies.

    =========================

    I bet you’re probably one of those people who friends, families, and co-workers hate because you are a “man” yourself and only criticize everyone.

    I think it’s more professional than non-professional to be anonymous sometimes. This ain’t gossip girl type of information. Sometimes these type of info needs to be “leaked” in order for certain people to realize the truth.

    May Cam will man up if he knows even his peers have no respect for him.

  34. So Cam blew off a couple players that wanted pics and so they decided to blast him during the game? And this is supposed to be a serious offense? Please, let’s have the names of the players who got their poor little feelings hurt so we can get them the girly-man therapy they so badly need.

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