Cam Newton – Some People Did Know Better

When he was on the ESPN radio program “The Herd With Colin Cowherd” the popular sports analyst, Colin Cowherd, opened up his show by discussing something that I frequently think about while I watch Cam Newton. What is the role of dads and role models important in the development of child athletes?

Carolina Panthers starting quarterback Cam Newton and his maturation with respect to the rookie’s of this season’s NFL Draft class is astounding. Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III represent the most impressive NFL rookie QB class of the last three decades, if not more. All three of these young men have put Cam Newton to shame in the way they conduct their lives, on and off the field.

Colin Cowherd’s message, as I understood his word as a matter of fact, was that a father plays a huge part in how an athlete performs as a man and a public celebrity. Colin’s claimed Cam Newton clearly is a male child. Newton isn’t as mature as those around him because Cam Newton is a diva. He represents everything cheap sex cams wrong with modern sports. It is true that I am completely in agreement with that view of Cam Newton. But, the thing Colin left out of the program is what strengthened my issue with the culture of sports today.

Colin Cowherd is a rare journalist in today’s sports media. It is because of his ability to give an opinion that is not based on what he wants facts to be, but by what they actually are. To put it simply Colin says what it is and has the FACTS to support it. It isn’t always easy to agree with the opinions expressed in his show, but Colin puts things in perspective using solid logic and common sense so at a minimum, his views can be respected even in the event that it doesn’t match. Colin also isn’t stupid in regards to his chosen career and the best way to utilize the stage he has built. Where The Herd distinguishes itself from others is that I have not had the impression that I am being fed the cheap webcam sex opinion of ESPN on the show, just his. Additionally, Colin uses time on his show to declare “I didn’t get it right” which confers credibility to remind his viewers that it was his fault, just ask Fireman Ed.

It’s a good thing that this year’s NFL newcomers could never be better moment. The sight of players such as Luck, Wilson, and RGIII is a welcome new perspective for the league. This is a welcome change to the league’s landscape. NFL is by far the most loved sport in America and that’s the truth, and with players of the highest caliber like these young men , it will continue to grow in popularity. When the news that Cam Newton was being investigated first surfaced, I was slightly surprised. In the moment that Cecil Newton, Cam’s father and former Mississippi State football player Kenny Rogers first claimed Cam didn’t know what was going on, I knew he did. When I read the Auburn document states “There is no information suggesting that Rogers had similar discussions about a cash inducement with another institution, either directly or indirectly,” I realized that was not an accurate statement either. Finally when I heard the phone records of Cecil Newton indicate that he and Rogers made more than 270 calls or texts between March 2009 between January 2010 and March 2009, the majority involved with MSU’s pursuit of Newton. Just a few days months after Cam Newton signed with Auburn I did not hesitate because I knew that he was at fault.

As soon as Colin Cowherd mentioned fathers and Cam Newton I knew where Cam Newton was going. Cam did not have a great character model who could guide him in life and to teach him what is how to behave. I’m in complete agreement that fathers play a crucial part in the lives of all children and influence the character they become. My biggest challenge was figuring out where you begin to instruct a boy to take responsibility for his actions? If nobody was there to instruct him, how to be accountable, is it fair to hold him responsible for a lesson that was never taught?

We all know that Cam is responsible for Cam and therefore he too, does not he? But, not so quick with the assumption. If everyone understands that responsibility is a fundamental lesson and who was the one who taught Cam that Diva character that defines him now? If everyone knows a boy must be taught to be responsible and accountable, and where was his initial coach to teach him that lesson? Did the coach stop him to start the process of accountability? Was his family teachers, aunt or mother, neighbors, or the priest? Did anyone really care? Or did they enjoy playing with him and ignore everything else? In the end, he’s an amazing child and it is not difficult to prove that. Could it be possible that from as early as he remembers the influences he had created this Diva that we call Cam Newton? What’s more, did everyone else throughout the process just let the behavior continue in exchange for his athletic prowess? Is it possible Cam Newton just can’t comprehend the lesson he wasn’t taught? I am not excusing Cam Newton or any of his actions. I think athletes like Cam are a problem in sports that has been made by the aforementioned parts of the society that idolize athletes. The creation is not just done by parents but by individuals who ought to have a better idea, but do not have the character make this happen in order to serve their own interests.

I have mentioned in Colin’s segment on Cam Newton some things were not mentioned. I don’t think it was intentional and as far as I know, Colin does not share my views about this matter at all. The list of people who aren’t mentioned that do know better is topped by Carolina Panthers Founder and Owner Jerry Richardson and team President Danny Morrison. Even if you skip over some of NCAA, BCS, and Auburn head coach Pat Dye you are still left with the Panthers front office which made the choice to draft Newton despite knowing the diva had problems.

The claim that Cam will sell Jerseys or fill empty seats in the stadium is ridiculous and uninformed for a billionaire businessman. These are smart wealthy people who did not know what was in store? If you had a desire to be a team that was losing, and filled their stadiums with jerseys , then you should have gotten Tebow. At least you would still get seats filled and sell jerseys without having the difficulties that Cam Newton brings to your franchise. If I’m not mistaken, Denver was quite happy leading the league in apparel sales while Tebow was around. Tebow did not ruin the locker room with his childish behaviour and Denver actually was able to win games. What’s up with Alex Smith? There’s no way to match his athletic ability, but I’m sure you’re better than 3-9 right now with a date on your sofa in the month of January.

The best part is that you can be 3-9 in the NFL with the majority of quarterbacks with no problems Newton brings with a fraction of the cost. Carolina fans should be furious by the fact that they wasted their 1st overall selection on Newton. Last time that I saw this occur so clearly was when a player was named Ryan Leaf. Could someone tell me, where he plays now? My memory isn’t great but I believe a good QB was drafted after him that year. Whatever Cam does , the decision to draft him came from the front office, and they should know more. Cam Newton will never bring a Super Bowl to Carolina or any other NFL team as a starting quarterback. The NFL level the quarterback position is all about the space between your ears not the speed you can run. The class of the player is important and nothing proves this more than the rookies that are part of their teams this year.

Let’s not leave out on the NFL on this one either. The latest Cam Newton commercial for NFL Play 60? Who decided to feed the very self-confidence that makes him into an unpopular figure with that spot on TV national? There’s Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and more than 50 other players to represent the NFL brand and you choose Cam Newton? There are two words for the person making that decision, You’re fired!

In the end Cam Newton should continue to be held responsible for his actions. It makes no difference if Cam Newton knows better than anyone else. The point I am trying to make here is that it’s not a single man show. We should add some names to the list of those who knew better, but remained in the dark so they could benefit from the athletic abilities of Cam Newton as well as the ones who will pay for it. Cam Newton’s athletic abilities will diminish with the course of his career and all that God created talent will be lost.

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