Cam Newton puts aside long-held media grudge

AP

Cam Newton has picked up a lot of things since becoming the Panthers quarterback.

But something he let go last week — a long-held grudge – shows the growth he’s been experiencing along the way.

On its own, the fact that Cam Newton talked to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King last week isn’t necessarily big news, outside the small realm of sports media.

But King details the breaking of the ice with Newton at the MMQB.com, after three-plus years of being frozen out.

Newton was salty with King for putting out the “icon and entertainer” line just before the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, which created the context for nearly every interview that followed for months. So Newton didn’t talk to King for the next few years, at the urging of some close to him.

But Newton approached King last week in Spartanburg and said: “Can I see you for a couple of minutes before you leave today?

“I don’t want to walk the other way every time I see you,” Newton said when they met. “That’s not what a man does.”

So the two talked, each giving their own sides, and moving forward.

King’s one of the most respected writers in the country, and one of the biggest names. But Newton has made a name for himself on his own since the Panthers made him the first pick in the draft, and realistically could have continued with the grudge and continued making plays for the Panthers and a name for himself off the field too.

That Newton’s talking to King again isn’t necessarily a big deal for the Panthers. But that Newton took the initiative and stepped out from a carefully constructed layer of insulation to make his own choice says plenty about his maturity.

22 responses to “Cam Newton puts aside long-held media grudge

  1. As a Titans fan living in Charlotte–one who was down on Cam Newton when he arrived in town–I must say, he’s becoming quite the pleasant surprise … His play on the field has been impressive as well, of course.

  2. Nice to see a guy take the high road and continue to develop into a true leader. Newton is going to have a great year on the field. He’s on his way to having a great one off it as well.

  3. I’m a Panthers fan and I feel like I have completely misread Cam. I thought he would be a good player but he always came across as really goofy, and I was worried it would hold him back. Glad it looks like I was wrong

  4. So he got mad at King for printing something he actually said? What a petulant whiner this guy is.

    If you have to constantly tell people you’re “finally maturing”, “Finally growing up”, and “finally being a leader”… It’s not really happening.

  5. Peter King still has no relationship with Bill Belichick or Sean Payton. It’s more than a grudge. He gives off the aura that he is well-informed and reasonable and no one ever questions him when he broadsides someone. The smarter players and coaches will eventually stop talking to him. He’s a hack.

  6. King sucks, they guy has never actually broken a story rather he’s regurgitated old news with a new spin. Most respected, hardly. Biggest blowhard, definitely. Just another one of those two-bit, toupee wearing hacks that covers the NFL.

  7. Cam Newton was matured plenty as a player AND as a man LONG BEFORE he ever granted this most recent interview with King. His prescence and performance on the field proves it. Since he has been the Panthers’ signal caller, within the huddle, he has managed to get 10 other players to turn their level of play up a notch or two. And while on the sidelines, he’s constantly raising the bar for 22 other guys that play defense and special teams, rooting them on, and building their confidence.

    The noticeable heart with which Carolina has played the last couple of seasons, was, of course, partially due to the fire that was Steve Smith. But there was also a game-changing QB that was, (and still is) the match that, more often than not, lit that fire. His alias is SUPERMAN, and he wears #1 on his jersey!! Long live the KING!! GO PANTHERS!!!!

  8. Wow, not a single commenter has come on here to defend Peter King … That’s telling.

  9. But that Newton took the initiative and stepped out from a carefully constructed layer of insulation to make his own choice says plenty about his maturity.
    ————–
    So, what does it say about King that he wasn’t the one to take the initiative and be the first to reach out to Newton?

  10. WHY DOES HE HAVE TO DROP THE TOWEL WHATEVER. THE MEDIA MADE THAT OUT TO BE BIGGER THEN IT IS. HE HAS THAT TOWEL IN PRACTICE ALSO. ITS SAD THAT PEOPLE ARE STILL EVEN HARPING OVER THE TOWEL THING. LET IT GO.
    ITS THE SAME AS PLAYERS WITH THIER HELMETS HALFWAY OFF, OR GLOVES, OR MOUTHPIECES ON THE SIDE OF THIER FACEMASK. ITS JUST SOMETHING THEY DO. SOMETHING HE DOES. IT DOESNT CHANGE HIM AS A PLAYER OR PERSON. LET IT GO!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. I like when players prove that they don’t need the media to help “make them”. Some of these media guys think they have something to do with a players success.

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