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Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:51 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 2:08 pm
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Carolina, don't say you weren't warned.

Quarterback Cam Newton, whom most persons think the Panthers take with the first pick in Thursday's draft, didn't stick around for media interviews Wednesday at an NFL-sponsored event in New York City. He did, however, participate in earlier activities with city children, throwing passes and making handoffs to kids who were there. But once the interviews started Newton left.

So what? So that's not the protocol. NFL officials later explained that Newton is an unusual case because, unlike other draft prospects, he paid for his flight here, he's paying for his accomodations here and he's paying for his expenses here. Which means that Newton's on his own -- something he interpreted literally.

But that's the problem. Essentially, Newton demonstrated why some scouts and coaches are wary of the guy -- because, they said, he sometimes does what he wants; listening to advice not from professionals but from the people closest to him. Some persons associated with Wednesday's event suggested that Newton was more interested in doing what he wanted than what he and others were asked to do. Others complied; Newton did not, and that's a team player?

OK, so he's on his own. Big deal. You'd think he'd try to do what he could to subdue criticism, not encourage it. If there weren't all sorts of issues with the guy to begin with I might not be so critical. But on top of everything we've heard it's just another red flag.

Look, I'm not trying to pile on the guy, but I don't remember someone showing up for these events, then stiffing the media. Yes, that's his prerogative, but there's also something about responsibility -- especially if you're going to be the first pick in the draft. All I know is that LSU's Patrick Peterson, who wasn't expected to show Wednesday, somehow made it there late and made himself available to everyone.

Newton's stiffing the media isn't a big deal in and of itself. But it is when you start putting the pieces together. The franchise quarterback has a zillion responsibilities, and one of them is to deal with the public and the media -- essentially, to be a team player. This is just another signal that he could ... I said <i>could</i> ... be a load to deal with on the next level if, that is, someone doesn't get to him and straighten him out.

"It's not that he's a bad guy," said one coach who spent time with him the past month. "It's that he's immature. He doesn't make every-day decisions that most of make for ourselves. Someone else does it for him. And if that continues in the pros it could be a problem."

Good luck, Carolina. You may need it.  

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lijingwang
Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:41 pm
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Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

   I was always searching for the right description for my opinion of Newton. Something was just not right about him - and I couldn't put my finger on it.
   Finally it occurred to me just what I was searching for:
   Cam Newton is a phony, thinks he is playing all of us for fools.
Cam Newton is a fraud - a phony.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 5:49 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Clark Judge is a straight up sissy!  nuff said!  It's this type of journalism that gives sports a bad name.  He gives his personal opinion of Newton and prints it for what?  Defamation of character  I say, and Newton/athletes should start suing !!!!!  Judge could easily be sued for this column as it is his personal opinion of why Newton didn't interview and he is trying to degrade him as a player.  In his position he could be sued as a paid sports writer who shapes and form impression through his columns.  NEWTON SUE HIM PLEASE!

No, he couldn't be sued. Clark Judge is a columnist. His position is a paid sports columnist who shapes and forms impressions through his columns. That is his job. He gave his opinion in this piece. Cam Newton suing him would be like you suing McDonald's because your Big Mac was cooked to the perfect temperature. You would be laughed out of court for suing a guy because he did his job. So would Newton if he tried to sue.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

You suck, your life sucks, and tomorrow you'll have to go back to your crappy 9 to 5.  But, keep on harping on the handful of athletes that are idiots if it makes you feel better... you guys are in the same club... hence why you have a crappy job that you hate, a fat ugly wife, and some unathletic grubby kids who probably won't amount to any more than you did.  Jealous much?
If you're talking about Judge, I'm pretty sure that you didn't have a single true thing in your rant. Journalism isn't 9 to 5, it's a great job that we love, there is nothing wrong with a fat wife (I would love to have one) and you know nothing of his kids. He gets to cover the NFL and you don't. Looks like you're the jealous one.



Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

First time posters are obviously all existing posters creating new usernames amirite?  Because their initial anonymous comments aren't anonymous enough? 
Agreed



Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

First time posters are obviously all existing posters creating new usernames amirite?  Because their initial anonymous comments aren't anonymous enough? 



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:40 am
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

This has nothing to do with Race...This is the media looking for something to write about and likely the writer doesn't like Newton. This article , in other word was stupid! He didn't interview and now he's a terrible guy....Give me a break and of course this is not the reason, but the reason is because his dad tried to get money for him to play at some school.....If the Panther doesn't want to take him, they don't need a warning from the writer...They need to decide if he is worth a number one pick and if they thing he will be  a headache.....Personally, I don't know if he;s wothy of a number one pick....but I sure as hell don't think he will have  big behavioral issues...



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:51 am
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

The race card? Seriously?



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:11 am
 

Cam Newton: Unavailable for comment

Goose- Spoken Like a Genius-  Clark is racist in my honest opinion-


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