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Cam Newton is a great leader, unless he isn’t

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Cam Newton makes people stupid.

And sometimes, he makes them say things which are the opposite of things they said previously.

In a classic case of late-June hot-takery, former NFL defensive lineman Booger McFarland has declared Panthers quarterback Cam Newton a phony.

“People I talk to in Carolina tell me Cam’s not a leader and not well liked by a lot of his teammates,” McFarland said, via Ross Tucker.

The cool thing about this is, a year ago, McFarland said on ESPN Radio that Newton was the “Best young leader in all of sports right now.”

So, not to pick on Booger (see what I did there?), but which is it?

Certainly circumstances and opinions can change, and McFarland can easily claim he’s learned things in the last year he didn’t know previously. And if that’s the case, then at least one of his opinions was ill-informed and irresponsible.

Now we’ll just wait to see which one he claims, which will probably depend on whether Newton plays like an MVP again.

We now return you to your regular summer programming.

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42 Responses to “Cam Newton is a great leader, unless he isn’t”
  1. niners816 says: Jun 22, 2017 12:03 PM

    Cam Newton makes people stupid.
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    Only you, bud. The rest of us know that Cam is overrated. Wouldn’t even jump on a fumble to help his team. Then cries like a little baby about everything. Cam is annoying.

  2. joetoronto says: Jun 22, 2017 12:06 PM

    It’s pretty simple, a leader doesn’t decide not to jump on a fumbled ball in ANY game, much less the Super Bowl.

  3. buchopeful says: Jun 22, 2017 12:24 PM

    I live in Charlotte and I can tell you for a fact he is not liked as well as some may think.

  4. cmoney20 says: Jun 22, 2017 12:26 PM

    He throws 8 yard passes a million miles an hour even if a guy is wide open. That’s not great leadership.

  5. firecracker87 says: Jun 22, 2017 12:37 PM

    That refusal to recover the fumble in the SB tells all. A leader would, without hesitation, jump on that ball.

  6. pantherfan4life says: Jun 22, 2017 12:41 PM

    Cam does not fit in any of the usual boxes…. deal with it. It is not about the color of his skin or the way he dresses, he is just different. He does great things for the community here in Charlotte. Being different does not make him a good or bad leader, just a different type of leader. People still spew hate on him because the want him to conform to way a a typical QB acts. Not going to happen.

  7. MMGeneral says: Jun 22, 2017 12:45 PM

    He’s a good leader. I have inside info. I won’t say who but according to everybody on the panthers who all keep in touch with me for some reason. he’s a good leader.

    Hot Takes are fun!

  8. iamkillerfin says: Jun 22, 2017 1:02 PM

    TYPICAL OVERRATED CRYBABY!!!

  9. rjov says: Jun 22, 2017 1:04 PM

    If you have to say, “see what I did there,” then you’re trying too hard.

  10. d12f6m says: Jun 22, 2017 1:06 PM

    All you guys with the thumbs down wish he was your quarterback. Even the pats fans, at least he is not a cheater.

  11. joetoronto says: Jun 22, 2017 1:15 PM

    d12f6m says:
    Jun 22, 2017 1:06 PM
    All you guys with the thumbs down wish he was your quarterback. Even the pats fans, at least he is not a cheater.
    *************************************
    That’s hilarious.

  12. elyasm says: Jun 22, 2017 1:17 PM

    It’s easy to be a leader when the team is winning games and everything is peachy keen. A player’s character is only truly revealed when things aren’t going so well, as we have seen with Cam.

    And as far as Pats fans taking Cam over Brady the Magnificent? LOL. We’d take our chances with Jimmy G long before we would touch that head case.

  13. RegisHawk says: Jun 22, 2017 1:17 PM

    Unnamed sources have said that people in the locker room are upset that he gets treated differently.

    See what I did there?

  14. silvernblacksabbath says: Jun 22, 2017 1:19 PM

    Maybe he could not wear the hideous wardrobe.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 22, 2017 1:22 PM

    Newton is a fragile ego fraud. The Super Bowl failure exposed him for what he is.

    Ripping signs down from opposing fans. Being far more concerned with what outfit he’s going to wear for the post game presser than actually winning the game.

    He’s a clown. The Panthers will never sniff another Super Bowl as long a he’s their QB

  16. bobthebillsfan says: Jun 22, 2017 1:23 PM

    Compare his jump back on the fumble in SB 50 vs. Tom Brady almost getting kicked in the face as he tried to tackle Robert Alford in SB 51.

    Compare Cam’s pressers, where its all about him and the clothes he wears vs Brady giving credit to he teammates and coaches.

    Cam a leader, no way. I would not follow him to a bar. A QB who takes a pounding and keeps on trying, yes.

  17. grogansheroes says: Jun 22, 2017 1:25 PM

    d12f6m says:
    Jun 22, 2017 1:06 PM
    All you guys with the thumbs down wish he was your quarterback. Even the pats fans, at least he is not a cheater.
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    Yeah, right.
    Scam Newton had to take a pay cut when he was drafted by the Panthers.

  18. charger383 says: Jun 22, 2017 1:26 PM

    Lucky Tank Cam

  19. nwsuccess says: Jun 22, 2017 1:28 PM

    Honestly, Cam has some raw talent, but his WR-ish diva attitude just doesn’t fit the mold. A leader doesn’t pout and storm off when faced with adversity or a tough loss. He has talent, no doubt, but I wouldn’t say he has the characteristics of a leader by any measure.

    As a Hawks fan, I love the ability of Russell Wilson and his composure under pressure. He’s a great competitor and from what I see, a decent leader, but that doesn’t mean I like his cheesy do no wrong attitude, or everything that comes out of his mouth. And d12f6m: By absolutely no means, do I wish Cam was my QB.

  20. weepingjebus says: Jun 22, 2017 1:39 PM

    Cam should put on his feathered thinking cap and really ponder the importance of leadership.

  21. belugataxi says: Jun 22, 2017 1:40 PM

    Clever closer to the story, at most.

  22. doctorpancake says: Jun 22, 2017 1:44 PM

    Falcons blew a 25 point lead in the Super Bowl

  23. vikings1234 says: Jun 22, 2017 1:50 PM

    Cam a leader, no way. I would not follow him to a bar.

    That’s pretty funny

  24. riekki says: Jun 22, 2017 1:57 PM

    Cam would have gotten any recent Patriot or Seahawk team into the Super Bowl and won…neither Brady, Wilson or Rogers or (your Quarterback here) would have sniffed the Super Bowl in a Panther uniform.

  25. seahawkboymike says: Jun 22, 2017 2:02 PM

    He.Will.Never.Win.A.Super.Bowl.

  26. sceaglesfan says: Jun 22, 2017 2:08 PM

    Very talented, fair worker, immature.

  27. steeelfann0155 says: Jun 22, 2017 2:16 PM

    Leaders don’t steal laptops off of cords trying to get through college

  28. collectordude says: Jun 22, 2017 2:19 PM

    Newton is a diva, plain & simple.
    Will never win a championship.

  29. hitman21st says: Jun 22, 2017 2:20 PM

    riekki says:
    Jun 22, 2017 1:57 PM
    Cam would have gotten any recent Patriot or Seahawk team into the Super Bowl and won…neither Brady, Wilson or Rogers or (your Quarterback here) would have sniffed the Super Bowl in a Panther uniform.

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    The 2015 Panthers? Any above average QB could have ridden that team to the Super Bowl.

    The 2016 Panthers? Cam didn’t even sniff the Super Bowl with that team.

  30. qbarrel says: Jun 22, 2017 2:23 PM

    Cam Newton is a terrific leader…..when things are going his way

  31. qbarrel says: Jun 22, 2017 2:29 PM

    elyasm says:
    Jun 22, 2017 1:17 PM
    It’s easy to be a leader when the team is winning games and everything is peachy keen. A player’s character is only truly revealed when things aren’t going so well, as we have seen with Cam.

    And as far as Pats fans taking Cam over Brady the Magnificent? LOL. We’d take our chances with Jimmy G long before we would touch that head case.

    —————————-

    On a well-coached and disciplined team like the Pats? I’ll do you one better – I’ll even take my chances with Brissett before letting Newton anywhere near my locker room.

  32. xbam says: Jun 22, 2017 2:36 PM

    He’s not a leader…he’s an “Icon & Entertainer”!

  33. fakebookfreddy says: Jun 22, 2017 2:51 PM

    He’s a fashion model. Nothing more.

  34. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 22, 2017 2:55 PM

    Cam has had plenty of opportunity to learn from TRUE leaders like Wilson, Brees, Manning, and Brady.
    Instead he seems to have learned from T.O., Beckham, and Krapernick.

  35. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 22, 2017 3:10 PM

    Cam Newton is not a great leader (yet?)–and that’s by his own choosing. He has all the tools to be the greatest quarterback to ever play this game. But that won’t happen until humility sets up shop in his heart. When his team and the people of his city are more important to him than himself, if that ever happens, holy cow … he’ll blow this league wide open.

  36. mogogo1 says: Jun 22, 2017 3:15 PM

    How can anyone who freely admits to being scared of trying to recover a fumble in the Super Bowl ever be considered a great leader?

  37. purpleguy says: Jun 22, 2017 3:18 PM

    If lightening rods like Newton and Beckham were on the same team, I think all the NFL-related internet would explode. I don’t get why those guys get so much scrutiny.

  38. corkspop says: Jun 22, 2017 3:20 PM

    I smell a lot of jealousy out there. Cam is a great QB and a pretty good leader. The team has multiple leaders and that is just fine. 10-6 year and playoffs coming right up.

  39. anarchopurplism says: Jun 22, 2017 3:58 PM

    pantherfan4life says:
    Jun 22, 2017 12:41 PM
    People still spew hate on him because the want him to conform to way a a typical QB acts.
    *****************************************************************

    You mean being all million-dollar smiles and dancey when winning and being a pouty-sulker when losing?

    Its not “hate,” its chiding a front-runner.

  40. jgedgar70 says: Jun 22, 2017 4:03 PM

    McFarland went to LSU and played pro ball for Tampa. He will never have anything good to say about anyone that went to Auburn other than his Tampa teammates, and he will never have anything good to say about any Panthers players – not even those that went to LSU. So you can totally forget about him ever saying anything good about someone who both went to Auburn AND plays for the Panthers. So his comments are easily dismissed.

    Here in the PFT comments section, we see:
    1) people who still think it’s 2008 and remain eerily fixated on the stolen laptop.
    2) people who still think it’s 2010 who remain eerily fixated on the Crimson Tide fantasy that he got paid to play at Auburn despite the NCAA spending a year investigating that claim and coming up with nothing.
    3) Self-righteous armchair QBs who continue to harp on his not jumping on his fumble with 4 minutes left in the Super Bowl. Yes, he should have jumped on it. But the game was already over. We were down by 6 with no hope of driving the length of the field against that D. That play did not cost us the game.
    4) Obvious non-leaders that actually believe having rotten fashion sense actually determines whether you are a leader or not. Stupidest comments ever.

  41. mysterytonite says: Jun 22, 2017 4:33 PM

    The ONLY thing wrong with Newton is that he has never learned to lose. He never had to . He was always bigger, faster, stronger everywhere he played until he got to the NFL.

    Besides that one dream season, he really must’ve thought this is the way it was always going to be. Not to pass the blame but where was his father, coaches and friends during his formative years? One of the first lessons and the MOST important lesson in competitive sports is how you play the game and to be a good sport above all things. Show humility, empathy and be gracious toward your opponent after you beat them. If you lose, praise your opponent, show respect and remember that tomorrow is another day and look forward to having the opportunity to play them again.

    Somewhere along the line his enablers put the Cam train on auto pilot. It’s nothing short of a miracle that it hasn’t broken down until he lost the Super Bowl.

  42. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 22, 2017 6:36 PM

    Cam a leader? I wouldn’t follow him out of a burning building!

    And in answer to someone saying everyone wishes he was on their team, I’d rather keep Matthew Stafford, tyvm. Cam wouldn’t last a season in the desolation they call the Detroit Lions, let alone the 8 years Stafford has battled it out on poorly built and coached Lions teams.

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