Cam Newton declines to discuss whether he’s vaccinated

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Another day, another starting quarterback steps into the vaccination fray.

Via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Patriots quarterback Cam Newton opted not to discuss his vaccination status when meeting with reporters on Friday.

“It’s too personal to discuss,” Newton said. “I’ll just keep it at that.”

Unlike Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, whose starting job is secure, Newton is battling with rookie Mac Jones. If Newton becomes unavailable due to a positive test (10 days minimum) or close contact with an infected person (five days minimum), Jones gets the advantage that comes from availability.

Besides, Newton already knows what can happen when a positive COVID test occurs. Not long before the Patriots were due to play the Chiefs last season, Newton tested positive — and in many respects his absence derailed his season and the team’s season.

Newton is surely smart enough to realize these things. The Patriots undoubtedly have been doing enough to get him to understand why he should get vaccinated. The fact that he still apparently refuses underscores how strongly some people feel about this.

As to Newton, he could end up handing Mac Jones the starting job if Newton gets knocked off the roster during the season. The possibility that Newton suddenly will be unavailable on any/every given day also could be enough to resolve a close competition in favor of the rookie, if he’s vaccinated.

Maybe it will take a decision like that, or perhaps the unexpected release of a high-profile unvaccinated player, to finally pierce through the wall of whatever it is that is keeping these guys from do what they need to do, for their own good, for the good of their teams, and for the good of their society.

61 responses to “Cam Newton declines to discuss whether he’s vaccinated

  1. How does this qualify as news? Is there anything else about his personal medical history we need to get to the bottom of?

  2. raytaupedi says:
    August 6, 2021 at 1:05 pm
    He does not need vaccination. He had COVID. Natural immunity is a real thing

    18 25 Rate This

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    Tell Lamar Jackson that or thousands of others who are dead.

  3. I don’t blame Cam Newton and Kirk Cousins at all and Especially after all these unvaccinated/still deciding players are being PUBLICLY shamed,coerced,forced and pressured to get vaccinated by their respective teams and the NFL. Their privacy should be respected. The top 3 serious vaccine side effects are stroke,blood clots and myocarditis( inflammation of the heart muscle). These side effects are disproportionately effecting the elderly(80s-90s) and teenagers to young adults up thru their 20s. THIS IS WHY THERE IS VACCINE HESITANCY IN THE NFL.

  4. minime says:
    August 6, 2021 at 12:57 pm
    No one else’s business.

    20 15 Rate This

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    It’s my business for the team and season ticket holders and fans with vested interest.

    We pay the salaries.

    You’re wrong. We have knowledge of a deadly pandemic, this turd ruined last season with his selfishness all alone in a hotel, and we have knowledge of a working vaccine to help put an end to this.

    So tired of selfish Millennials and their dumb parents in out society.

  5. No disrespect towards Cam intended, but that particular picture certainly resembles Sideshow Bob. I wonder who was first.

  6. raytaupedi says:

    August 6, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    He does not need vaccination. He had COVID. Natural immunity is a real thing

    Tell that to Lamar Jackson

  7. Who says that Jones is vaccinated either if Newton isn’t? I mean they’re from the same area of the country where the vaccination rates are low.

  8. raytaupedi says:

    August 6, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    He does not need vaccination. He had COVID. Natural immunity is a real thing

    Tell that to Lamar Jackson

    Tell that to the people who get vaccinated and still get Covid.

  9. He does not need vaccination. He had COVID. Natural immunity is a real thing
    ***********************************************************************************
    Not against new variants! The Delta variant is highly contagious!
    If he was serious about being the starter, he would get vaccinated.

  10. His body – his choice. And nobody should be asking him medical stuff. At my employment our legal team sent out memo that inquiring about vaccination status was a huge no-no. And this is a huge global company.

  11. I’m in the group saying natural immunity is better than a shot. I work in the health field and had the vaccine.

  12. It’s hilarious how all these people are afraid to admit they are unvaccinated. It’s almost like they know they are in the wrong and are ashamed to admit it. It’s a simple question, yet the unvaxxed aren’t proud enough to own up to it.

  13. raytaupedi says:
    August 6, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    He does not need vaccination. He had COVID. Natural immunity is a real thing

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    Tell that to Lamarr!

  14. Can he be that stupid? Maybe we will see Mac Jones earlier than we thought, even though maybe Mac shares his views…

  15. Pfizer will have full FDA approval in a month, with Moderna shortly thereafter. Anyone who hesitates at that point will be doing so for purely political reasons or is simply devoid of intellectual capacity.

  16. Since when do people think they have a right to know others personal medical history? Seriously, what gives people the idea that everyone they meet needs to disclose whether or not they have been treated for any number of things or been given a shot for one thing or another?

  17. The Delta Varient is or should be a game changer. It is 2-3 more transmittable than othe original. The virus load in the nose and mouth of a infected person showing no symptoms is as high as someone on his death bed. And is just as infectious. I believe it was Oliver Wendell Holmes who stated that your right to swing your arm ends at your neighbor’s nose. Cousins may have the right to refuse vacination s, but it’s everyone else’s right not to dine next to Typhoid Mary. 600,000 dead Americans is real to the antivaxers only if it’s one of their own loved ones. No one else’s life matters to them.

  18. As a cigar smoker, Cam is at high risk of complications from Covid. But he is also young and physically fit so perhaps everything balance out in the end.

  19. Like he declined to discuss why he didn’t try to recover his fumble in the SB?

  20. In the age of oversharing on social media, sure…COVID vaccination is “too personal to discuss”.

  21. A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found that unvaccinated individuals who have had COVID-19 are twice as likely to face reinfection as individuals who have received the vaccine. 
    So even though he’s had COVID-19 he still needs to be vaccinated!
    So much for “ natural immunity “!!!!

  22. Good for you Cam.

    Medical history is a personal thing that every American should hold dear.

    I’m with BB now “Cam Newton is my quarterback.”

  23. I am sure he has his reasons for not wanting to discuss the topic, I for one think we should respect his privacy.

  24. His choice.
    The league didn’t mandate it. Blame the league if you want to be upset.

  25. Why is his personal health anyone’s business? If someone is vaccinated then what are they worried about? Aren’t they protected from Covid? Vaccines aren’t to protect some one else, they are to protect the vaccinated.

  26. fanfrommontreal says:
    August 6, 2021 at 2:13 pm
    Can he be that stupid? Maybe we will see Mac Jones earlier than we thought, even though maybe Mac shares his views…

    26 41 Rate This

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    Mac is vaxxed Newton wears a mask, Jones does not.

  27. I’m not vaccinated and I’m not taking the poison. Blast me unmercifully and bully me until the end of time. I don’t care what any of you think. Shamers are a joke.

  28. So many know it all Sallies around here, you should have stopped believing in the boogyman at 5.

  29. In 1939 Germany they shamed you into supporting the Nazi’s. If that didn’t work they’d simply kill you. Today’s America is becoming 1939 Germany.

  30. Cam’s medical info is his private business. We have a bunch vaccine bullies. If you’re vaccinated, don’t worry about anyone else.your protected, right?

  31. Doug Gambill says:
    August 6, 2021 at 6:08 pm
    Cam’s medical info is his private business. We have a bunch vaccine bullies. If you’re vaccinated, don’t worry about anyone else.your protected, right?

    2 1 Rate This

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    Only from death, not fromt the spread, Dr. Dummy.

    Isn’t bad enough you are so selfish, you have to be this dumb, too?

  32. Mac Jones won’t reveal his vaccination status. He should be fined and suspended for being dumb and selfish.

  33. Could be that Cam thinks that he has natural immunity. Not unreasonable belief, but this has been tested out and he would be wrong. The vaccines, particularly the Modern and Pfizer are more effective than natural immunity. We have A LOT of data to back up the superiority of vaccines.
    Again. Not belief. Not “common sense” but hard data.

  34. What are y’all gonna say when you find out this vaccine isn’t all you think it is? 50% of cases in Israel and Iceland are vaccinated people…and they’re starting to go to the hospital too.

  35. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    August 6, 2021 at 6:48 pm
    Mac Jones won’t reveal his vaccination status. He should be fined and suspended for being dumb and selfish.

    3 12 Rate This

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    Umm, he was vaccinated. Nothing selfish about that. Newton got covid last year selfishly so all alone in a hotel and his belliigerence remains today with access to a vaccine.

  36. touchback6 says:
    August 6, 2021 at 6:20 pm
    Doug Gambill says:
    August 6, 2021 at 6:08 pm
    Cam’s medical info is his private business. We have a bunch vaccine bullies. If you’re vaccinated, don’t worry about anyone else.your protected, right?

    2 1 Rate This

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    Only from death, not fromt the spread, Dr. Dummy.

    Isn’t bad enough you are so selfish, you have to be this dumb, too?
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    the area I live in has had TWO people, fully vaccinated die in the past 4 days. The the is, no matter what all the “experts” here say, we DO NOT know the end game with the vaccine. We have no substantial data to say how effective it is, what the long term side effects are, if we will need a “booster” shot etc.

    I am vaccinated, but all the bullying by the vaxxers and the misinformation the anti-vaxxers s disgusting. Like I said, I am vaxxed, but I do not blame anyone for not choosing to do so.

    YOU are part of the problem if you think differently.

  37. What is wrong with people? Is it right to ask the man if he has ED? Its nobodies business, just his and his family. And where is all this data I’m reading about the vaccines on here? Do you know what it will do to you in a year? 5 years? What about booster shots? Will you need them for each variant? All these peeps on here need to calm down. Even the professionals have no idea what this virus is going to do. If you have to wear a mask, so what? It’s not that hard. Man the left is just as triggered as the right. All you gotta say to the crowd is “anti-vax” and people will be screaming. Just like the right, just say “CRT, big tech, fake news” and you get them all riled up. People are funny. We’re all individuals. And we do have choices folks. It’s not the law to get vaccinated. Think about how many people you put at risk of sickness throughout your lives by going to work/school sick. I personally just want more information before I get vaccinated. I want to know that it’s going to work and last. I dont need the comment section or the media telling me what’s right and wrong when you know damn well somebody is lining their pockets. Sad.

  38. The antivaxxers promote natural immunity.

    Many, but certainly not all, are Trump supporters. RFK Jr. and many black athletes certainly are listening to Trump.

    But Trump, who had Covid, was vaccinated. Why didn’t he believe in the natural immunity he promoted? He kept his vaccination secret to hide his hypocrisy, not out of some higher service to medical privacy. He preferred that the masses not believe truth, science. Truth is not his friend.

    Public health is threatened by a pandemic and variants that got a foothold because of the refusal by too many to get vaccinated and increase our opportunity for heard immunity.

    It’s just sad.

  39. Every medication has risk.

    Every medical procedure has risk.

    Medical error is the 3rd largest cause of hospital deaths.

    The science tells us that vaccines are 99.99% effective in preventing death from Covid. It is one of the least risky medical procedures we can have done.

    Pretending the risk of taking the vaccine is anywhere near the risk of not taking it is kidding yourself or a justification for putting others at risk.

    Covid risks death, risks loss of mental acuity, has side effects like ED and negative “long haul” effects.

  40. For someone who likes to overpay for clothes, it is odd that he’d have hair that looks like several dead animals have been glued to his head.

  41. You can argue that he’s making a wrong choice, but it’s wrong to argue that he doesn’t have a choice

  42. bostonbeans says:
    August 6, 2021 at 1:59 pm
    Yeah, too risky to pick for my fantasy team.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Would you really pick Cam Newton anyway? LOL

  43. raytaupedi says:
    August 6, 2021 at 1:05 pm
    He does not need vaccination. He had COVID. Natural immunity is a real thing

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    He is inoculated and now has a higher resistance to it because his body now knows how to fight it. But not immune. He can still catch it, but because his body will fight it better he is highly unlikely (never say never) to be a serious case. And thats true of the rest of those that caught it, as well as the folks who got vaxed. And its no more or less true for the folks that got both. Everyone will fight it better and have high likelihood of just being a mild thing. But no one is or ever will be immune nor will any of us ever be. Its also not impossible that all of the above may still need a booster down the road to cover variants.

    There are no absolutes in any of this, but overall thats how it goes.

  44. The Delta variant, for as much more contagious it is than the original, is MUCH MUCH LESS lethal than the original. He had Covid, he recovered. While it may not mean that he won’t get the Delta variant, his body’s antibodies give him a leg up on an unvaccinated person. He’s fine. In his case, he’s more likely to die of the regular flu than this. Enough.

  45. He did answer the question by his non-answer. No he’s not vaccinated

  46. Not another one. NFL franchise’s should not pay these clowns when they are forced to sit out because of the Covid19 protocol.

  47. In other words… Cam Newton is not vaccinated. Did Cam watch his tape after getting C19 last season? It was ugly.

    Someone should let him know that this is probably his last chance to prove that he belongs as a starter.

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