I’ll be the first to tell you that I didn’t particularly care for Cam Newton’s comments on the social status of black people in America early this year. Especially after he was really for the culture. If we put social justice aside and focus solely on football, we have to wonder if the NFL truly has it out for one of its most dominant quarterbacks to ever play the game. Cam Newton is effortlessly destroying records in such a short amount of time, and I believe he’s starting to pay for that.
The one thing that I hate to hear about Cam Newton taking all of these unnecessary shots, is the fact that his attitude isn’t great. If he’s playing with enthusiasm, they say he’s not mature and doesn’t take the game serious enough. If he’s more serious and holds people to a high standard (including himself) than he’s a baby. Cam Newton can’t win when it come to the media. I believe that he has accepted that sadly, because his play was speaking for itself. But now Cam Newton isn’t getting respect from the actual league that is supposed to protect him.
Cam Newton has been taking an obscene amount of head shots this year, and the NFL is supposedly trying to protect its players. They do a great job with the likes of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, hell even Ben Roethlisberger (Who is just as big if not bigger than Cam Newton.) and yet Cam doesn’t get the same calls as them. As much as people say that Cam actually deserves it because of his attitude or how he approaches the game, I want people to know that Tom Brady plays with the same passion as Cam. Aaron Rodgers plays with the same amount of cockiness as Cam. Ben Roethlisberger is the same size as Cam, and yet they’re more protected.
The only thing that is the biggest factor is that Cam Newton is a black quarterback and any black person in a position of power has the sad expectation to be perfect. You can’t have fun, you can’t be confident, you need to stay sheepish and Cam Newton does the exact opposite while backing up all of his talk. Last year Cam approached every game with a child mindset, and he just had fun. That didn’t always make for the best post game speeches after the game, and I do believe that he needs to get that together.
But the amount of headshots that he’s had to endure this year is hypocritical to the NFL’s campaign to keep players safe. Until every quarterback is treated the same, I will always believe that the NFL has it out for the fun, carefree, great black quarterback. If you don’t believe me, take a look at Michael Vick as well. That’s all I can say on the matter.
Tis’ All, I’m Out
- Little King