Warren Moon can’t understand what Cam Newton’s critics see

AP

Since opening the door to the conversation about race and football last week, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has tried to make the topic less divisive and more about the fact he defies categorization.

But one of Newton’s earliest mentors, who knows about the realities of the topic, is willing to burst through the door.

Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon told Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports that he didn’t understand what people had to criticize about Newton, if they weren’t leaning back on more sinister motives.

“That’s the thing I don’t understand. How come they just can’t let it go?” Moon said of Newton’s critics. “If he hasn’t done anything [recently] that’s been against the law or anything that would cause negative publicity, isn’t out in the world doing something wrong except for just dancing after a touchdown, I mean what is the big deal? He’s worked toward maturity in the last five or six years he’s been in the league and has done positive things to erase a lot of that negative stuff from when he was 18, 19 years old. I just don’t know why people can’t let all of that stuff go.

You’d think he raped like five pastors’ daughters over the last five years and he’s getting away with it the way people are talking about him.”

That’s the kind of strong talk — and uncomfortable imagery — that Newton will want to avoid tonight, when he’s on center stage at the league’s first prime time media day spectacle.

While there’s inarguably a segment of the population who may view Newton through the prism of race, he’s also a player who defies characterization at a number of levels. Between his athletic success and his non-traditional style and his gargantuan personality, he’s naturally become a lightning rod, fodder for a thousand #hottaeks.

And as long as he’s in the spotlight, it’s going to create strong feelings on either side. Moon knows that, and his willingness to speak in such blunt terms also underscores his own years of struggle.

162 responses to “Warren Moon can’t understand what Cam Newton’s critics see

  1. I wish these stories would add quotes from real people by name who are criticizing him. Then it can be discussed. But just to bring out that some people don’t like him on the Internet is lazy. Every single QB in the NFL routinely is criticized for something they do. I don’t think he’s being persecuted any more than anyone else.

  2. Personally, I think its racism. And I never one to blame every little thing on racism. Can dances, so what. Rodgers and Brady also celebrate. Can has done it ALL this year. An obvious MVP. I have to admit I didn’t like him when he came out but boy he has game and I love how he gives the ball to kids. I really respect that. Cam is even great with the media. I see no problem with him and those who do are haters for no reason. Now RWilson is a different story. He begins with his hearing voices comments and that’s annoying. Lies.

  3. Damn Warren. I loved you as an NFL QB – you could sling it around as well as anyone. The “run and shoot” offense was deadly under your command.

    You have to move past the race card response whenever you disagree with something. It is expired but some folks don’t want it to go away.

    Sad.

  4. Wow, if the NFL was smart they would be using moon as the poster child for concussion syndrome.

    If this was a racial bias like most are trying to turn it into, then please explain why Brady is the most hated qb in the NFL.

  5. Can someone please tell me where this criticism is coming from? I haven’t seen or heard much of anything serious. There are some that don’t like his antics after making a big play, but Newton’s not the only player who’s ever done that, or the only player who’s ever taken a little (and I mean VERY little) heat for it. I don’t know anyone who thinks it’s a big deal, or worthy of a lengthy conversation.

    This sounds like an effort on someone’s part to drum up controversy where none exists.

  6. Where are these people that are saying such bad things about Cam? And what exactly are they saying? The worst I’ve heard (repeatedly) is the his dancing is childish/annoying.

  7. Warren, why don’t you ask Cam? He’s certainly no dummy. He’s getting exactly what he’s looking for. Lots of attention. Same deal with J.J. Watt. There are a lot of people that don’t like him either because he’s seeking too much attention. These guys don’t care what a few detractors think. I haven’t heard anyone point toward race as the reason people don’t like Watt. We also have unwritten rules for the way QBs are supposed to act. Cam is writing his own rules.

  8. A sample of some of the dumbest people on the planet: JChipwood, ReligionIsForIdiots, Factsman66, VancouverSportsBra says:

    This is the 4th straight season there was an African American QB playing in the Super Bowl (Kaepernick, Wilson, Wilson, Newton). Only one of those 4 thinks race plays a factor in the criticism they receive, just saying

  9. Travis Kelce and JJ watt dance whats the big deal its a kids game, and kids love it. If I worked that hard to get to that level I will dance, when I do something good at my desk job guess what I drink……………..and dance.

  10. Is it possible that it’s the media who is most responsible for the “criticism” of Cam Newton by blowing it up and refusing to let it go; dare I say because of race? Enough already.

  11. Hmmm. The laptops at Florida, daddy taking money from colleges, the arrogance so palatable opposing teams say his audibles are arrogant…and so far, ZERO championships.

    HEY WARREN: that’s what’s not to like.

  12. Black people are the only ones making this a story. Let it go! Its actually disrespectful to Russell Wilson. You know, the “Black Guy” that was in the Super Bowl the last 2 years, but doesn’t celebrate every first down?!

  13. To understand why some people do not like Cam, I invite you to watch games from last year, and the year before.

    With games clearly decided and the Panthers down by 3-4 TDs, Cam scrambles for first downs and graces the crowd with his patented first down pose.

    Down 3-4 TDs. with 2 mins left in the 4th quarter.

    If this doesn’t scream “look at me” and “narcissism”, I don’t know what does.

    Could care less what color skin he has. It’s always been about him, not the team. No thank you.

  14. Yes, it’s really hard to see how entitled Cam Newton is as a Millennial.

    If I didn’t hate that cheater Elway and Manning so much, I’d be rooting for Denver.

  15. As a fan, Cam’s fine and he plays like he’s enjoying himself out there and it’s obvious that he has worked hard to be a more complete QB. The dude throws a beautiful deep ball. OTHOH, his habit of celebrating nearly EVERY first down would bother me if I was on the defensive team and I’d want to hit him extra hard. Of course, Cam is so big that many guys just bounce off of him so I guess he’s not too concerned about it. Until he gets older anyway…
    As for the pearl clutchers that are offended by his TD celebrations, are you equally upset about JJ Watt’s sack dances? He screams after every tackle it seems, and that’s also annoying.

  16. In summation, if you have a problem with Cam Newton’s antics, you’re racist.

    I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but it seems like everything Cam does is about Cam because Cam is “special.” Oh, you call him a selfish teammate? Well, what better way to destroy that argument than to come out on the field with special cleats that have all your teammates’ names on them. There’s no better way to dispel the selfish moniker than to demonstrate how selfless you are by shining the spotlight back on to you.

    Oh, he gives every touchdown ball to a kid in the stands. My god, what a man. No other player in the league does that, but there are many, many players that care about kids. But Cam? Cam has to show you how much of a community man he is by giving TD balls away. No one else has done that (because the league doesn’t allow it), but Cam can do it because Cam is special.

  17. thisonesforpat says:
    Feb 1, 2016 10:18 AM

    Hmmm. The laptops at Florida, daddy taking money from colleges, the arrogance so palatable opposing teams say his audibles are arrogant…and so far, ZERO championships.

    HEY WARREN: that’s what’s not to like.

    —————–

    Get over it. Did he steal a laptop in college? Yes. How many millions of dollars has he given back to youth groups in the southeast? I think he’s probably done more good than bad. Did he take money in college? Yes, he and a whole bunch of other guys that never have never had to face the consequences. Zero championships – yep, him and about 95% of the starting QB’s in the league. Your argument is weak.

  18. Yep, totally about race. Which is why everyone hates on Bridgewater, Kaepernick, Wilson, and Winston. Oh wait, no one does, least not about their race.
    However acting like an ass, which Newton double down on, that will cause people to dislike you. Do people hate on Jameis Winston because he’s black? Doubt it. Outside of fans of the NFC West do people hate on Russell Wilson? Nope. Bridgewater outside of NFC North fans? Nope. Outside of fans of the NFC East hating on RGIII? Well they do, but its usually blacks on RGIII acting “too white”.
    Really just Cam not wanting to take responsibility and trying to blame it on something else.

  19. I agree the excessive dancing is childish, annoying and poor sportmanship. I think Cam realizes it is a “black thing” to act that way and sees disapproval as anti-black but it is a cultural thing and the difference between people who prefer watching Lawrence Welk instead of Soul Train.

  20. I think Cam Newton is one of the most talented athletes on earth, I don’t think he is celebrating any more than anyone else. That being said, he isn’t likable to me, Seems smug. Same goes for Brady, Great QB, very unlikable.

    It’s not hate, it is just like my opinion, man

  21. It’s not racism, people just don’t like the arrogance and the fact that he doesn’t fit the status quo. If anyone thinks it is racism they are clueless. The NFL is full of African Americans that white, black, green, yellow people cheer for and adore every week.

    The problem in this country is that people of ALL colors need to stop blaming racism for every issue.

  22. that’s just how it is…similar to Obama. I’ve never seen a sitting president get disrespected by his peers publicly and privately as this dude and I try to figure out what he did, aside from being a politician…I didn’t agree with Bush II but If I ever met him I’d greet him with the respect fitting of a commander in chief, regardless of my political beliefs…Cam will be hated for many things, stealing that laptop and pouting in a press conference as a rookie will forever be minted on his head stone by critics and to me that’s despicable.

  23. Unless it is your QB that is successful then you will be hated. I hate Peyton Manning, probably the best Regular Season ever to play. But I know full well he is the best Regular season QB ever. People who are not fans of Cam Newton will never be fans of Cam Newton, not because he is black, but mostly because he is Good…if not great at what he does…and that’s beating YOUR team. I am a Patriot fan, and I look forward to Cam Newton escaping the Denver Defence and providing the final loss in Peyton Mannings career…this what I hope..not because I like Cam Newton,,,its because I am a Patriot fan and do not like Peyton Manning. Bottom line, the fans of other teams hate success of other teams or players…just let them hate

  24. ctiggs says:
    Feb 1, 2016 10:16 AM

    Travis Kelce and JJ watt dance whats the big deal its a kids game, and kids love it. If I worked that hard to get to that level I will dance, when I do something good at my desk job guess what I drink……………..and dance.

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

    I like the cut of your jib, sir.

  25. When you put a #1 on your jersey you become a target, period. Warren knows this but wants to hide behind the race card.

  26. I don’t hate Newton for being black, I hate him because he celebrates making a fist down on the opening drive of the game like he has won a championship. I’ve always been a fan of acting you’ve done it a thousand times.

    Whining about racism only detracts from the fact that he is extremely talented and having a lights out year.

  27. Seriously? Cam Newton acts like a clown out on the football field. Everyone loves a clown when they’re at the circus, and young kids probably like the clowning at a football game. Cam is just a big kid. Why do baseball fans dislike someone hot dogging after a home run? Bryce Harper is probably the most hated baseball player, and he’s every bit the super star Cam is, if not more so. He’s as white as a ghost. There are serious race issues worldwide, and NFL fans didn’t invent them.

  28. Remember that time Warren Moon beat and choked his wife nearly to death in front of his kids? And one of his kids had to call 911 and tell the operator, “Daddy’s killing mommy”?

    No? Yeah. No one seems to remember that.

    Warren Moon is a domestic abuser getting a complete free pass from the media.

  29. Brady, Manning & Rodgers are the most “hated” QBs in the league and it’s not even close. You can put Cutler, Ryan, Eli and Flacco on the next tier. Cam is a good guy off the field and an overgrown child on. Cam will not have the sustained career that those QBs have had either, whether or not the Panthers win on Sunday.

  30. Don’t be so naive. He is a lightening rod not because he is talented but because he is talented and outspoken about it. That stuff is all cute if you root for the Panthers. Not so much if you root for someone else.
    You also get away with it if you win, like Cam. And you don’t if you don’t win, like RGIII or Manziel.
    It also has nothing to do about defying categorization. He is easy to categorize. He is an elite player playing a sport that is in transition. In a few years his skill set will be the norm for the position and if he’s not injured first, he will have a long term name for himself.
    To some, he’s a little like Terry Bradshaw is to me. Terry Bradshaw graits on me. I don’t want to watch or listen to him. I don’t think he’s funny. I don’t value his opinion and I don’t much care about when he was in the league. That’s just the way it is. And that’s the way it is with Cam for some people. He has to get over that. Not everybody is Iike your mother that thinks everything you do is adorable.

  31. thisonesforpat says:
    Feb 1, 2016 10:18 AM
    Hmmm. The laptops at Florida, daddy taking money from colleges, the arrogance so palatable opposing teams say his audibles are arrogant…and so far, ZERO championships.

    HEY WARREN: that’s what’s not to like.
    _____
    For those of you on this thread who have suddenly taken the “what, who’s saying bad things about Cam?” stance, here’s your example. When Moon says, “I just don’t know why people can’t let all of that stuff go,” this commenter is what he’s talking about.

    Cam stole a laptop 8 years ago. And despite the lie that thisonesforpat says in this comment, no money exchanged hands while Cam was at Auburn. His daddy ASKED for money from Miss. St, they didn’t give it to him, he told Cam to go to Auburn, and he thought that was the end of it. But Miss. St turned daddy in, at which point all the ‘Bama fans in the world decided daddy asking for money from MSU was iron-clad proof that daddy AND Cam got equal or greater money from Auburn, which was investigated and dismissed by the NCAA.

    And in case your amnesia is still affecting you and you don’t know who’s criticizing Cam, how about the idiot Titans mom and her idiot letter to the newspaper? How about the idiot Seahawks fan that wrote another letter that said that since Cam threw down a 12 flag, that means Cam is opposed to the charities that get the funds from those 12 flag sales? How about the idiot Seahawks fan that actually wanted to put a petition on the desk of the President to ban Cam from their stadium over the flag grab? How about the hundreds, probably thousands, of commenters just on this website who scream and yell about how immature/unsportsmanlike/evil Cam is for his dances? These people DO act like Cam is the first one to ever celebrate in the end zone. And they have no issue whatsoever with Rodgers or any other QB doing their celebrations – the hatred for Brady is exclusively about the cheating allegations, and no one has an issue with him getting right in the face of an official and screaming every filthy word in the English language at him over a call/non-call.

    And since most of the other QBs that celebrate without any of the hatred that Cam gets are white, and Cam is not, that’s where the race question comes up. I don’t think the hate is race-based, but considering the circumstances, I’m not mad at him for asking the question.

  32. This is so ridiculous. Can people simply not like him just because? Does it always have to be racist not to like a black person?

    I’ve got news for you. People didn’t like Troy Aikman and he’s the most straight laced, white person there is on the planet.

    People don’t like Tom Brady. People don’t like Tony Romo. People don’t like Carson Palmer.

    Guess what? They’re all quarterbacks and people either love them or hate them. Get over it, you cry baby!

  33. People don’t like Cam cause he celebrates routine plays. Same reason why most people hate all wide receivers because they to celebrate first downs.

    Claiming people hate Cam because of racism is crazy. People are critical and dislike most QB’s. People also still dislike Cam based on how his father acted before he was drafted. Same way some people hate Eli Manning for hos his father acted before a draft.

  34. It has a scent of racism. He isn’t the quiet humble black QB Wilson is and it bothers folks. He smiles as much as Hines Ward did and he celebrates less than Deion so you would think folks would be use to it. Bottom line Is if your a Carolina/Cam fan then you have no issues. If they beat your team and you dislike his personality you hate his way.

  35. bigbensbathroomseed says:
    Feb 1, 2016 10:48 AM
    It has a scent of racism. He isn’t the quiet humble black QB Wilson is and it bothers folks. He smiles as much as Hines Ward did and he celebrates less than Deion so you would think folks would be use to it. Bottom line Is if your a Carolina/Cam fan then you have no issues. If they beat your team and you dislike his personality you hate his way.

    ***************************************************

    People like Wilson because he is humble. It has nothing to do with his skin.

  36. I am a huge Cam fan but I cringe whether Moon opens his mouth and says anything about him. Cam would be better off distancing himself from that clown.

  37. I’m a 54 year old white dude. I’m a long suffering Skins fan who loved the way John Riggins “acted like he’d been there before,” when he scored.

    But…

    I absolutely love the way Cam Newton is playing & conducting himself. I love the way he’s leading, celebrating, having fun! Look @ how Cam’s progressed & grown in such a short time? He’s gone from a confused & angry kid, moping around by himself to… the league MVP! It took significant intestinal fortitude & strength to make that kind of physical & mental metamorphosis.

    Stick that in your race pocket & smoke it. Because race has nothing to do w/ it.

  38. Cam Newton represents the Millennial Generation perfectly.

    Arrogant, entitled, delusional and hard to respect.

    I feel sorry for our war veterans who have to watch this crap.

  39. Warren Moon the wife beater and adulterer – no legitimacy to anything he says in my book and not sure why he is regarded as some sort of go to guy. Who cares about his opinion?

  40. Everyone has something to say about every QB it seems…

    Newton: Dances and is too flamboyant
    Rodgers: Arrogant
    Brady: Cheater/whiner
    Manning: Not better than Brady
    Romo: Chokes
    Roethlisberger: Rapist
    Wilson: Religious

    Let’s just try and enjoy everyone’s distinctness and not hate for a change…

  41. I’m shocked the media is under-reporting this story. The issue with Cam is less about show-boating when he wins, it’s more about how he sulks, pouts and cries when he loses. His career has been littered with incidents of blaming refs, fellow players – rather than his poor play. This problem has been covered up by their wins.

    The bad sportsmanship was so bad that as Cam headed into his contract year – many locally wondered if he should be re-signed – as he was such a poor leader and a terrible face of the franchise.

    Winning has cured that – however, once he starts losing again we’ll all see what a selfis spoiled brat this guy is.

  42. It’s the media that’s making a big stink about this.
    If Cam played WR, nobody would say anything or at least not make such a big deal about it. I don’t have a problem with him giving a football to the kids. I do have a problem with his celebrations. It seems to me, and this has nothing to do with race, that when he scores a TD, he waits for the cameras to get on him before he starts his celebration, and his celebrations a longer than other players, so I think it rubs other players the wrong way. As a long time football fan, I see his celebrations like ex-players, Owens, Sanders. Which a lot of fans hated.
    Let’s not bring race into this, it’s football. Every fan out there loves to hate other teams and their players, white or black. Nothing new here.

    Stephen A. Smith and Moon need to STOP.
    When somebody says something negative about a black athlete, it’s racism. Let’s pull the race card, and not focus on the individuals play on the field.
    Cam will win the MVP, and he deserves it. He’s a QB that happens to be black.
    I hate Brady and his antics on the sideline when he’s scores.
    I hate when Jared Allen does his celebrations when he sacks a QB.

  43. There are a lot of things the hard drinking, wife hitting Warren Moon can’t understand. Moon always plays the racial angle. Always. He’s become tiresome and irrelevant. You should quit publicizing his horsecrap by doing so you continue to lend him some level of credence and free publicity.

  44. Warren Moon spent 5 years playing in the CFL because no team in the NFL, even with a 12 round draft, was willing to take a chance on a black QB. Even one who was the Rose Bowl MVP who shocked the nation by leading his UW Huskies to an upset win over the powerful Michigan Wolverines. When he was finally given a chance in the league, he went on to have a Hall of Fame career. So, for you who are too young to remember, he does have an idea what racism looks like.

    We see players over celebrate all the time all over the league but most are not QBs so we don’t pay much attention. Wide receivers scoring TDs. Defensive Lineman making a sack, DBs knocking down a pass, or LBs making a tackle. Personally, I think its more of a QB thing. Joe Montana, Payton Manning, or Tom Brady never did that stuff. We’re just not used to a QB acting that way.

    But Warren Moon is entitled to his opinion, he earned it, and I’m sure for some people race does play a factor in their dislike of Cam. But its not the only reason.

  45. yeah, but it ISN’T just dancing after a TD, it’s dancing when he should be on the sideline working to preserve a 4 TD lead, then watching the team barely scrape by with the win …

    JaMarcus, Vince Young, Culpepper, Leinart, Brady Quinn, Leaf…. NFL history is littered with the carcasses of really talented guys who let immaturity and lack of focus keep them from being a Brady, Manning, Manning, Rodgers, Brees etc.

    if he’s wasting his time on the sideline acting like it’s the hs homecoming game or a concert instead of working hard, Manning will eat them alive

  46. REDSKINSFOREVER says:
    Feb 1, 2016 10:12 AM

    If this was a racial bias like most are trying to turn it into, then please explain why Brady is the most hated qb in the NFL.
    —————–

    Disregarding the fact that he isn’t the most hated quarterback in the NFL, it’s likely because he is successful, has a super-model wife, and plays on a team that is always winning.

    “Success breeds contempt.”
    – Benjamin Franklin

  47. Cam is a black man in a position of authority and that makes many people, black and white, uncomfortable. That’s true in sports, on the job or in politics. There is simply a segment of Americans, that can’t handle that.

    That segment gets way too much attention and it’s because that is the demo that controls policy. They make rules, they make laws and they set standards.

    People who claim they hate Cam and it’s not about race are cowards, who decry political correctness, yet are too scared to state without regard for PC, that they hate him because, he’s black. You can’t have it both ways. The young man is good for the game and is a champion in his community. He has never beat up his girlfriend and has a perpetual smile.

    Cam has won on every level and eventually will win in the NFL … deal with it. If he makes you miserable, look in the mirror. You’re just a bigot.

  48. People who don’t understand the negative reaction to Cam’s behavior don’t understand leadership. When you score a touchdown, by all means celebrate if you’re happy. There are plenty of players that have danced a dance of joy (e.g., nobody was calling Antonio Brown a jerk when he embraced the goal post in glee). Cam’s dance is one of self-glorification. “Look at how great I am!” He is ignoring the contributions of the other 10 players on the field.

    In sum: A field guide to many people’s reactions regarding TD celebrations:
    1. Acts like he’s scored before/gives it to teammate to spike = “classy” (see Payton, Tomlinson).
    2. Happy spike or dance = “good for him”
    3. Self-glorification dance = “jerk”

    As a former player, I can tell you this is many players’ reactions as well. Warren Moon was a phenominal passer, but not much of a leader. He doesn’t get it.

  49. Cam’s celebrations don’t bother me. I think he has matured (he used to pout on the sidelines) and that plays a part. He’s not a distraction, like T.O. (has b.o.) or Johnny Football, so if success is making him celebrate, I say go on and do it.

  50. Cam is a great qb already. That’s whats driving all this talk. Everyone wants a winner until they get one, then they want to dig at the man.

  51. Wow Warren, what am I missing? Camera Newton is a showman that craves attention all at the expense of his team mates who he rarely acknowledges exist. With Camera, it’s all about “Me, Me, Me, Me!” People are tired of his above the top antics when the Panthers gain a first down. Newton is a hell of a qb and he certainly has the right to get excited and celebrate like others but Son, act like you’ve been there before! Be a pro, not a circus clown.

  52. Perhaps these are just “Super Bowl run”antics like the Dirty Bird, Ickey Shuffle, or what the Rams did in ’99 in the end zone (keep rolling’? The thing with their arms). The next year it was gone. Yea, that’s it…

  53. To the guy who asks if Cam would still be in the league if he were doing the things Johnny Manziel does. Yes he would. See Adam (Pacman) Jones.
    Also why are the only people asked by the media to defend Cam former QB’s who happen to be black also? Isn’t that a little racist in its own right? Let’s see what Young or Montana or Marino have to say about it. Yes the dancing is annoying and childish. What it comes down to is Success breeds hate.

  54. It’s all made up. No one cares what Cam does. The NFL is a business. There are people in that business – basically subsidiaries called The Media – talk radio, blogs, and newspapers. This is basically like the hype before a boxing match. They want people emotionally invested so they buy the product If you have taken a pro-or-con Cam position you’ve been played. For money. They want you for or against because of race or your attitudes about old school or show off. It doesn’t matter. Don’t get played. Not everything is an issue worthy of discussion.

  55. I’m going to take a wild gander here and assume that the vast majority of you ripping on Moon are white and have never experienced any sort of real discrimination. You don’t know what it’s like to be a minority and being held to a much much higher standard at best and having had outright racist comments said to your face at worst. You can complain about the “race card”, but unless you’ve been in their shoes, you have absolutely no idea whatsoever you’re talking about.

  56. This is pretty media-driven. Most fans see Newton as I do (I’m a Bucs fan): Excellent QB, tough to play against and extremely annoying. I personally think that a lot of his celebrations are poor sportsmanship. But I also thought the NY Jets’ “New York Sack Exchange” were poor sports, and they were all white. It’s about actions, not race.

  57. You know what makes the whole situation to be unlikable? Not that he celebrates every first down it is because every time it is brought up it has to be about race. I am white and my friends are white an no one (myself included) cares one bit about what he does or if he is green, pink, black, white, or green with purple stripes.

    Some QB’s are liked some are not. Some hate Brady, some hate Manning, some hate Rodgers, and some hate Wilson.

  58. Aaron Rodgers does his “Discount Double Check” celebration, he gets commercials. Cam does his thing, gets called a punk. Something doesn’t make sense. Could it be a double standard?

  59. This is just a tired subject. I HIGHLY doubt Cam (or any player for that matter) cares what some people on the Internet and some heckling fans think of him. Cam has his team in the superbowl, will win MVP, has 50 total TD’s on the season, his teammates love him, and he is enjoying the game he plays. All the criticism at this point is just sour grapes and pointless because dude has pretty much proven EVERYBODY that doubted him wrong.

  60. Warren moon the player was the classiest dude on the football field. Quiet, humble all while throwing the prettiest ball in nfl history. Which is why he’s my fave qb.

    Cam is the opposite of everything I lived about waren. Which is why I despise the rotten little punk.

    A better question is how does a classy player like Warren not get the hate?

  61. Its not racism…………. As much as I can’t stand Cam’s stupid dancing around, I also hate when Manziel does his dumb money sign or whatever. I can’t stand when any player acts like that Black or White.

    He takes it too far…….. that’s what I hate.

  62. Warren,

    Please sit down and watch some Johnny Manziel videos of him flashing his “money sign” around. It’s annoying the way he showboats isn’t it? Do you understand now? Last time I checked, he was a short, white guy.

    The QB (who is often the face of the franchise) should leave the antics to the diva WR’s. That’s their job.

  63. I can say, as an NFL fan, I know Cam is a good QB.
    Never heard anything bad about him except what he puts out there.
    Be humble, just Thank GOD you have the talent. Then just put your lips together and play the game. Greatness will follow.

  64. I like Cam Newton and while I appreciate his enthusiasm for the game and his efforts to get the fans excited, I believe the first down celebrations are a bit overdone. Granted, he only seems to do it when he runs for the first down.

  65. The NFL is entertainment and Cam puts on a show. He is a phenomenal athlete. Cam is great for the league and great for his community.
    There is no mention of Peyton being a traditional white QB, just drop the issue of race it plays zero factor into the football player .

  66. I thought Newton would fail. I didn’t think he had done enough work at the college level. I was obviously very, very wrong.

    Whatever I think of him as a person, one thing is clear, the guy loves to play football. The game could stand to have a few more players like him.

  67. I read a sports article in USA Today that basically said “if you don’t like Cam Newton, you’re racist.” The article then went and said that nobody hated Aaron Rodgers when he did the Championship Belt, and that nobody hated Tom Brady when he celebrated, because they were white. I don’t know about you all, but I know plenty of people who hate Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, and are perfectly fine with Cam Newton.

  68. Nobody gives a you know what about what color Cam’s skin is. The fact that people are trying to make it a black thing is another reason why blacks will never get to where they want to be. Too much pointing the finger at how discriminated they are, when perhaps some of the issues are of their own doing.

    If Cam was white and acted like a jackwagon like he has been known to do from time to time, people would still be just as critical of him. The excessively long celebrations and the taunting of the opposing defenses with his “look at me” moments are what people are talking about. That has nothing to do with the color of his skin.

  69. Difference is people don’t like Brady or Manning because they’ve curbstomped their teams for years. Those people are not liking Cam because of other reasons. Throughout history white America never liked a Muhammad Ali or Tiger Woods. Because they smile and celebrate, Fist pump? But Brady is allowed to cuss out asst coaches get all up in teammates faces. He’s considered Fiery , passionate. Let Dez Bryant do that..lol. Rogers spikes the Ball makes the WWF belt gesture. Let Cam do that..OMG! Cam does a superman pose and looks for a kid to give a $500 ball away to…DEMONIZED.

  70. Didn’t like McMahon, TO, Ocho-Stinko, et al. Never cared for divas no matter their skin color. It’s not racism, I just don’t care for arrogance in any form. I subscribe to the notion that if you are truly good or talented then others will sing your praises for you. You don’t need to lead the parade. Cam’s a diva – and for that i don’t care for him. Simple as that.

  71. Plus–is it just me or are there not a million other worthy things to discuss about this super bowl besides whether or not he is “good for the game” or some other gossipy crap?

  72. ctiggs says:
    Feb 1, 2016 10:13 AM
    For the blind people if Cam was doing what Manziel was doing do you think he would be in the NFL still?

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    False comparision: The only reason Johnny Manziel is still in the NFL is because the owner of the Browns doesn’t want to look like too much of an idiot for directing his GM to take Manziel over Bridgewater and Carr. Manziel has not produced on the field, which is why he’s 90% finished. Manziel will be out of football before the end of this calendar year.

  73. I used to like Warren Moon. Then I found out how much of a racist he is.

    As far as Cam Newton goes. I don’t care if he celebrates a touchdown in the fashion he does. The first down celebrations are a little excessive in my opinion. I do like that he does take the time to make a kids day when he scores. The whole team does it, and it is cool to see a kids eyes light up when they get the football.

    Other than that, I do not see much along the lines of people not liking Newton because he is black. I think racism is mostly a thing of the past, yet some cannot stand to be without it (blacks and whites both). Some people believe racism is required or needed. It is not, so lets all just get over it.

  74. Outside of the average fan like me, who exactly is criticizing Cam Newton? How many writers/TV talking heads/media critics/ex-players/analysts are criticizing him? One? Two? His on-field celebrations are childish and unsportsmanlike. They don’t set a good example for kids. But it’s not as if there is a whole set of people in mass media criticizing him for this? This is a non-story.

  75. I have NO PROBLEM AT ALL with him dancing after a TD or giving the ball to a fan in the stands, it’s all THE OTHER STUFF he does when not in the end zone during the course of a game that people don’t like. Signaling first down or “dabbing” or the superman thing after a routine play. THAT is what rubs people the wrong way.

  76. Cam Newton wanted to make it about race so it’s now about race. That’s a shame. Every successful NFL QB is in the spotlight in this day and age and each one who reaches super star status has been skewered by the fans and media. Not everyone is gonna love you especially outside of your own fanbase. So what? The notion that a celebrated millionaire athlete is a victim of prejudice is laughable.

  77. I am a long-time football fan. I have to admit, I am old school as far as celebrations go. I respect the guys that “act like they’ve been there before.” I dis-like the celebrations that are choreographed, as most of them are. There’s nothing wrong with being happy about success, but some players take it too far, be they white, black, or whatever. I’m watching for the game, not the guys dancing on the field. That includes my hometown team, and I reserve my right to dis-like Cam for his antics, just like I dislike Rogers for his!

  78. Everyone says yes there is racism in this country yet no one admits it’s them…SI characterized the Panthers as a band of misfits and outcasts. If it was Tom Brady the story would be about how he has elevated everyone’s play around him. He is throwing to Funches, Ginn and Cotrey for Gods Sake!!!

    Do your thing Cam. Let them hate! They can call you whatever but they’ll have to add super bowl champion. Bunch of internet punks and tough guys, I swear….

    Moon is telling the truth and just because you fools claim he is playing the race card doesn’t make it less true!

  79. I think a lot of people think that, by saying Cam Newton haters are racist, they are somehow showing the world they are not racist, which may indicate some subconscious attempt to cover up slight racism…

    Tons of players have “haters,” regardless of skin color. JJ Watt and Johnny Manziel are disliked by a lot of people for the same reasons as Cam Newton. Fans of those players always have the same excuses – “He’s just trying to have fun.” “So what? Everyone celebrates.”

    The difference? The other guys aren’t in the Super Bowl this week, so that hate isn’t amplified as much as it is with Cam Newton.

  80. Where are all these critics? I like Cam, everyone I talk to likes Cam. There are a few people that don’t love the dancing in the endzone. Those people didn’t like when Ocho did it either. It’s barely a criticism.

    There is just an illusion of criticism being perpetuated by the media. It doesn’t really exist any more than it does for other star players.

  81. pft264 says:
    Feb 1, 2016 10:52 AM
    I absolutely love the way Cam Newton is playing & conducting himself. I love the way he’s leading, celebrating, having fun! Look @ how Cam’s progressed & grown in such a short time? He’s gone from a confused & angry kid, moping around by himself to… the league MVP! It took significant intestinal fortitude & strength to make that kind of physical & mental metamorphosis.

    Stick that in your race pocket & smoke it. Because race has nothing to do w/ it
    _______________________

    I’m a Bengals fan and feel the same way. I love the way the Panthers are having so much fun on and off the field, and that stems from Cam. That entire team is feeding off of his personality. While I don’t think the hate for Cam is race related (look at all the hate for Andy Dalton, who has been extremely successful…and white), I do think the hate on Cam is silly. “He bought a stolen laptop 7 years ago!”. “He celebrates to much!”. Derp.

  82. ctiggs says:
    Feb 1, 2016 10:13 AM
    For the blind people if Cam was doing what Manziel was doing do you think he would be in the NFL still?

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

    Of course he would be.

    Vince Young received many chances despite many personal behavior problems. JaMarcus Russell, who was a bust from day one, stuck around for 3 years despite having no work ethic and showing up to camp very overweight. Michael Vick went to prison and has been back in the league for several years since his release, and Vick still gets signed over though it has been several years since he was an effective NFL QB.

    Manziel could easily be out of the league in a year or two if he doesn’t clean up his act. He seems unlikely to be with the Browns next year, and unless Jerry Jones insists on bringing him to Dallas it seems very possible Manziel will be out of the NFL even next season.

    Newton is likely to win the MVP award this year. He is a talented player. He seems well-liked by his teammates. He seems to be very charitable and active in the Charlotte community in a quiet, non-self-promotional way. His personal on the field celebrations annoy some people. So do Tom Brady’s and many other players’ celebrations. This Newton stuff (like this PFT post) is just filler material for TV, Internet and print sports media.

  83. I honestly think some of the hate is racial, with the rest being people who wanted to see Cam fail and since he hasn’t they have to find a reason to hate him….instead of just not liking the guy they have to justify it with something petty….I don’t like Manning but I don’t deny his status as a great QB in his era, I don’t like Brady but I don’t deny he is the greatest to ever play the game……Instead of just not liking a guy people tend to cover it up by trying to find a reason which comes across as racial when the reason doesn’t make sense….I don’t like Cam because he dances is ridiculous especially when he does so many great things off the field that’s not always in the paper…..one of the most generous players off the field when it comes to giving his time and energy for great causes that deal with children….

  84. The kid got into some trouble a few years ago, and when asked to explain it, he tried to make it sound like he’s the victim. I have a lot of respect for his ability, and I don’t mind the show boating, but to hear him talk about his admittedly few transgressions and then blame people around him is nauseating.

  85. Teddy BH20’s House of Noodles says:
    Feb 1, 2016 12:18 PM

    So what you’re saying is that you can be a jackwagon with an excessive “look at me” INDIVIDUAL celebration and people are supposed to be cool with it as long as he makes up for it by giving the ball away to a kid? Got it.

    ——————

    Why is celebrating individually in the endzone so bad exactly? It’s been happening for years at every other position and it does absolutely no harm to anyone.

  86. As most of this happens, all media driven. A few people criticize his celebrations. So what? Some prefer Marvin Harrison flipping the ball to the ref, others like Cam’s celebratory ways. He had a great year ands undoubtedly the MVP. I have zero problem with that and I enjoy the way he plays. I assume some backlash might be a hangover from days at Auburn. Who likes the cheating SEC schools? (right or wrong on the pay for play issue)

  87. I don’t care if you’re black or white if you celebrate making a first down on 3rd & 2 like you just made a last second hail mary to win the game you’re a fahking showboat that only cares about you and not the team

  88. Why is Moon his mentor? Did Moon ever mentor a white QB? Moon wants to bring race into the conversation but if he only mentors Black QBs that would also be racist, but we aren’t supposed to talk about that, only white people can be racist.

  89. Jay cutler gets slaughtered by critics on a daily basis, I guess that is blatant racism too. Funny thing about it is the double standard having people like screamin a Smith who routinely trashes cutler for no reason on ESPN any chance he gets. Then cries racism when someone dares not like Newton.

  90. Because the Superbowl is expected to be a blowout, we are stuck with articles manufacturing controversy.

  91. My mom didn’t like John Belushi. She said he had a face you want to slap. Perhaps for some people Cam has that same quality.

  92. tylawspick6 says:
    Feb 1, 2016 10:53 AM

    Cam Newton represents the Millennial Generation perfectly.

    Arrogant, entitled, delusional and hard to respect.
    __________
    Interesting perspective … I think you’re spot on. here.

  93. Back in the day, the Warren Moon house of pain Oilers were my #2 team. Best spiral ever.

    But, this whole race issue is a medial concoction.

    I don’t like Cam’s antics either. I’m hoping they blow out the Broncos, though.

  94. First of all, his numbers are very similar to the ones Brett Favre posted when he won 3 consecutive MVP awards with Antonio Freeman, Robert Brooks, Mark Chmura, etc.

    I think we can all agree that Cam didn’t have the luxury of those receivers, but did have Greg Olsen and an arguable superior running attack to Dorsey the Horsey Levens.

  95. Last I checked tannehill is white and he is criticized in mercifully in miami

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    When you suck you’re suppose to be criticized

  96. taytay775 says:
    Feb 1, 2016 11:42 AM

    Difference is people don’t like Brady or Manning because they’ve curbstomped their teams for years. Those people are not liking Cam because of other reasons. Throughout history white America never liked a Muhammad Ali or Tiger Woods. Because they smile and celebrate, Fist pump? But Brady is allowed to cuss out asst coaches get all up in teammates faces. He’s considered Fiery , passionate. Let Dez Bryant do that..lol. Rogers spikes the Ball makes the WWF belt gesture. Let Cam do that..OMG! Cam does a superman pose and looks for a kid to give a $500 ball away to…DEMONIZED.
    —————–
    First of all Dez Bryant is an idiot … and don’t really have too much of a problem with Cam.
    Suggest you start contacting Brady, Manning, Rogers, Rothlisberger, Wilson fans, etc. on how to defend your QB … because it’s only just begun. You’ve got another 10 years or so to put up with this.

  97. Brady, Manning, Marino, Elway, Brees all received criticism, why can’t Cam?

    That being said, every GM in the league (outside of Green Bay) would love the Cam on their team. Young, smart, great arm, great leader.
    Sorry Manning, Brady, Brees, Palmer (old)
    Sorry Luck, Wilson (inconsistent)

  98. I’ve read a lot more articles the past month saying “why does Cam get criticized so much?” than articles actually criticizing him. There are people who don’t like him, there are a lot more that do like him and then there are the people who have toothless commentary and columns during Super Bowl week. This is just a symptom of the 24 hr news cycle mixed with over exposure of Super Bowl week.

  99. I know alot of you are old school. Score a TD give the ball back to the ref and go sit down. Well, those days are over. I spend alot of money for a ticket to a football game and I want to be fully entertained. Thats what you are paying for…Its show business that happens to be football. You brand it how ever you want but thats what it amounts to..Cam Newton is must see TV. Payton Manning is not….I know the football purest doesn’t want to accept that reality but it is what it is…

    Cam has done nothing wrong. So he likes to have fun? So what? Man you guys would rather watch games on a black and white tube TV wouldn’t ya?

  100. I like colorful players that celebrate..why not? it’s entertaining and it ticks off opposing teams…isn’t that the point of competitive and out having fun on the field???

    Aaron Rodgers could do the same exact celebrations that Cam does and no one would bat an eye lash

  101. I really don’t hear many people criticizing Newton. Is the media basing this on the reactions of opposing team’s fan on the internet while Cam hangs 40 on them and celebrates victory in the 3rd quarter? Who are these racists and why didn’t they target Russell Wilson? I’m confident that more people hated on Brady than Wilson for last year’s SB.

  102. Who is still criticizing Cam? I keep seeing these stories about how embattled he is and yet I can’t remember the last time I heard someone question the Panthers QB. It makes no sense.

    Newton is an amazing talent but as an Eagles fan I take exception to his quotes about the game never seeing anything like him before. Maybe none of them had the kind of season that Cam just had but here in Philly we’ve been privileged enough to watch Cunningham, McNabb and Vick play some amazing football. Three black, mobile QB’s who found various levels of success in the NFL. Cam is a talent but he’s far from revolutionary. I’d argue Cunningham was more revolutionary than Newton is.

  103. “that’s just how it is…similar to Obama. I’ve never seen a sitting president get disrespected by his peers publicly and privately as this dude and I try to figure out what he did, aside from being a politician”

    Bush was way more disrespected than Obama, not even close. The attacks were also much more personal.
    Heck, Bush is still being blamed for current failures.

  104. Cam has done nothing wrong. So he likes to have fun? So what?
    —————————————————–

    Pay attention and you will learn. No one wants Cam to stop having fun. Fun does not equal self-aggrandizement. By all means, have as much fun as possible, realize you are part of a large team necessary for your accomplishments, and stop making it all about yourself.

    Narcissists will never get why anyone would have a problem with Cam’s making it all about himself, because they identify with his behavior. Anyone who is puzzled by negative reactions to Cam Newton is telling you a lot about themselves.

  105. Just have to say it’s it’s the planning of it all. There’s NO spontaneous joy from Newton. Pose, run around like a bird, Dap, Superman. It’s all planned and choreographed.

    Then he says, unprovoked by the way, that he wants to be a trailblazer as an athletic black QB. Sorry Newton that job was already taken by Cunningham and others in the past and most recently by maybe the most athletic QB in the league now, Russell Wilson with a SB win.

    If anything that’s as disrespectful as it can get to all who preceded you.

  106. It’s all about Cam..look at me, look at me. I feel I didn’t get looked at enough so i’ll wear the most ridiculous looking outfit to travel to the superbowl so everyone will notice me…

  107. I’m sure Rex Grossman feels so sorry that Cam is always getting picked on. That never happened to any other Superbowl bound QB. The only QBs in the history of the game that people were mean to were Donovan McNabb and Cam Newton. At least that is what I’m being told.

  108. It’s now official…..the chip on Warren Moon’s shoulder is bigger than the one Jim Brown’s been carrying for 50 years

  109. I don’t like Newton. It has NOTHING to do with race but with him getting up and doing that dumb “first down” celebration EVERY time.

  110. If blacks, whites, gays, or whoever want acceptance then just be irrelevant. Stop making race relevant and stop jamming the gay agenda in our faces by having your parades. Most people are well beyond the point of looking past all of this stuff but there are those that continue to make our differences relevant by making it a headline at each opportunity. The fact is, most people couldn’t care less about any of this so just let it go! Blend in, make all of this irrelevant! And stop celebrating diversity and let’s start celebrating all those things that are important to all of us, and unite all of us…like family and friends.

  111. The only thing I ever saw was sometimes his opponents would mock him. ESPN just did their usual race hustle on this topic and got all the mouth breathers going.

  112. I hate the guy because I grew up watching 90s football and am not a fan of the new age show boating NFL players who care all about themselves. You can put your teammates names on the shoes you are wearing to act like it’s about the team but in relaity its about money and sponsors paying him to do something and draw more attention to their logo.

    If you want to show passion as a QB go back and watch film of Brett Favre celebrating, or Russell Wilson today, or Kurt Warner.

    Newton is as classless as they come despite giving back to the community and giving footballs to fans, that the Panthers pay for (not Cam).

  113. I’m black and it has nothing to do with race. I just don’t like his attitude. I feel, regardless of race, you have right to not like person without being labeled racist if your disagree with what this dude does. Being from Nola I am 100% for Peyton to win his 2nd ring to beat critics himself so he can RETIRE. Besides I have never rooted for anyone in my division who makes it to superbowl so why start now cuz CAM is QB of Panthers.

    -You don’t have to like my comments, but you do have to respect it

  114. This has nothing to do with race. People hate when pther teams rub it in your face. That’s what Carolina is doing and Newton is the leader of the pack. I’m black and don’t care for Newton. Does that make me a racist? No. Does it mean I have a problem? Do it make me human? Yes. Every QB in the league has people who dislike them. I don’t want my QB doing the dancing and posing (Unless he is on my team). This is not about hating. It’s about being a fan.

  115. Cam is still Cam, and I don’t care if he’s black, white, blue, green, or orange.

    He’s still immature and “me me me”. It’s still the same guy that two seasons ago was pouting on the sidelines with a towel over his head every time something didn’t go his way.

    Confidence is a fine thing, but there’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance, and dancing literally every time something good happens borders on the latter.

  116. I don’t even know what race Colin Kaepernick is but he get criticized for a lot of the same antics (back when he was relevant). Just by me alone.

    Manziel gets criticized for flashing the dollar sign. Tebow gets criticized for re-enacting the nativity scene after every first down.

    The old school football world just doesn’t like a QB who celebrates too much and/or draws attention to himself. Nothing racist in that. Cam is no different. He’s just young and kind of immature. I bet you anything the 34yr old version of Cam will be a lot different.

  117. People don’t like showboats. Cam is a showboat. As such, people aren’t going to like him. I can’t think of another QB in the league who showboats like Cam. If there was, people would dislike that.

    Rodgers does his Discount Double Check thing. About 1/50th of the showboating that Cam does. And guess what? A lot of people don’t like Rodgers.

    Let’s not also forget Cam’s college hijinx and his showboating in his first couple years of playing. I recall one specifically in which former Bears OL, now announcer, called him out for celebrating on his own rather than with his teammates. Guys who do that crap draw attention to themselves – some good some bad.

    People LOVED Barry Sanders because he just handed the ball to the ref after he scored. But hey, people are racist.

    Roy Williams doing the ‘first down’ nonsense down 30 points. TO doing his crap.

    If you are going to be a showboat be prepared for the backlash.

    Jared Allen is a very cordial, engaging and funny dude. People HATED him for the hog tie sack dance nonsense.

  118. Cam is being criticized for drawing attention to himself.

    Apparently, this must be racist.

    I mean, the most criticized NFL player in recent years for doing the ‘draw attention to himself’ was a black player named Tim Tebow.

    Oh wait…

  119. willjasper says:
    Feb 1, 2016 11:36 AM
    I thought Newton would fail. I didn’t think he had done enough work at the college level. I was obviously very, very wrong.

    Whatever I think of him as a person, one thing is clear, the guy loves to play football. The game could stand to have a few more players like him.

    __________

    I’d bet the lion’s share of the players in the NFL love to play football.

    Cam should take a lesson from one of his teammates. That guy does a ton of charitable work. He’s incredibly well respected. He won a Walter Payton Man of the Year. He plays the game with integrity and doesn’t showboat. He clearly loves to play the game. He even had a defensive move named after him.

    His name is Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman.

  120. daramsman says:
    Feb 1, 2016 1:44 PM
    I know alot of you are old school. Score a TD give the ball back to the ref and go sit down. Well, those days are over. I spend alot of money for a ticket to a football game and I want to be fully entertained. Thats what you are paying for…Its show business that happens to be football. You brand it how ever you want but thats what it amounts to..Cam Newton is must see TV. Payton Manning is not….I know the football purest doesn’t want to accept that reality but it is what it is…

    Cam has done nothing wrong. So he likes to have fun? So what? Man you guys would rather watch games on a black and white tube TV wouldn’t ya?
    ________

    I want to be entertained by the actual game itself. What happens between the whistles.

    The dancing and ‘look at me’ crap? There’s already a name for that – it’s called the Halftime Show.

  121. I love the way Cam plays and has fun. I think the NFL needs more of that. It isn’t called the “no fun league” for no reason.

    What I don’t like is how Cam is completely on the opposite end of the spectrum when the team loses and has the appearance of pouting/blaming the team without taking much if any responsibility in the loss.

    I just think it looks bad and shows a lack of leadership and if you are going to be the leader during good times, you should be the leader in bad times. In my opinion, Cam lacks that characteristic and it has nothing to do with his color, but everything to do with his character. Hopefully he works on this as he ages, because he is a heck of a lot of fun to watch.

  122. What’s sad is that Warren Moon experienced real racism. He was the starting QB for the Washington Huskies when they won the Rose Bowl. He went undrafted. He experienced real racism as a starting QB for Houston once he reached the NFL. So if you’ve experienced real racism why would you be so quick so see it when it doesn’t exist? It’s a different era. Cam Newton was a first overall pick. Some people don’t like WHAT HE DOES or THEY DON’T LIKE HIM PERSONALLY. It’s not racism. It’s real life.

  123. ninerfan81 says:
    Feb 1, 2016 10:32 AM
    that’s just how it is…similar to Obama. I’ve never seen a sitting president get disrespected by his peers publicly and privately as this dude

    Yeah, because people were SOOOO in love with W

    Let’s be honest, for once, if you’re black, everything is about race, even if it isn’t.

    So says Bomani Jones, and many many others. It’s why race relations will never, ever improve. Besides, there’s too much money in it for some folks,

    Looking at you Al Sharpton, Tom Jackson, the list goes on and on.

  124. I remember a MMA fighter named Prince Nassir. He was good but people hated him for is antics like flying to the ring suspended on a flying carpet, kissing his biceps, looking lovingly at himself in a hand mirror in the ring ect. Last fight he had he got beat to a pulp and was never heard from again. He was arrogant, abrasive, and rubbed every accomplishment in opponents faces. THAT’S why people despised him. Not his race, his arrogance. That’s also why nobody remembers him 10 years later.

  125. Cam is the best thing that has happened to the league in a long time. He has put the fun back in the NFL! This dude is a complete football player doing things no one has ever done before him. He celebrates first downs because he earns them. He celebrates touchdowns like running backs and wide receivers because he earns them! No QB does that because no QB is bull rushing his way past 300 pound lineman and linebackers trying to rip his head off! That’s a lot of adrenaline being spent that no other QB is having to spend. This guy is special!

  126. sopadegato says:
    Feb 1, 2016 4:24 PM
    Cam is still Cam, and I don’t care if he’s black, white, blue, green, or orange.
    =============================
    Now you have just gone too far. If the guy’s blue, that just ain’t right. Even the green and orange is pushing the envelope. But blue, no way that can be tolerated.

  127. Pay attention and i will learn? Well, let me teach you something. See this response has no merit. It appears to me the guys on that team and the locker room love this guy. He has guided them to the Super Bowl. They are 15-1 under his leadership. I think they will be just fine. And if the team, the coach, the owner are fine with it why does anyone else care? And don’t give me this nonsense about how the kids are watching him. Look, if my kid emulates Cam Newton I am ok with that…because all of the off the field stuff he does in the community is second to none.

    I have yet to hear 1 player on any other team come out and say anything negative about the guy. Its people like you!

  128. It doesn’t take much to hate Cam Cheating – he violated his college’s honor code turning in three term papers which he did not write yet he signed his name to them. Anyone who has been college and who EARNED a degree by actually doing the work cannot support this jerk – ever.

    Plus he was caught with stolen property and had a special arrangement to avoid punishment.

    And then he celebrates every first down like a brat.

    There is plenty to find distasteful about a player who cannot act like a man.

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