Thursday, March 31, 2011

Are Cam's critics racists?

That's the opinion of Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Warren Moon.

Moon, an NFL Hall of Fame quarterback who has been advising Newton, says the Heisman Trophy winner from Auburn has been subjected to scrutiny and criticism far beyond what other QBs in the upcoming pro draft have received.

Exhibit I: This assessment of Newton by Pro Football Weekly's Nolan Nawrocki:

"Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup. Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them. Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law ... Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable."

Moon's response to CBS.com: “A lot of the criticism he’s receiving is unfortunate and racially based. I thought we were all past this. I don’t see other quarterbacks in the draft being criticized by the media or fans about their smile or called a phony. He’s being held to different standards from white quarterbacks. I thought we were past all this stuff about African-American quarterbacks, but I guess we’re not.

“Of course there is racism in every walk of society. We've made a lot of progress in this country. But racism is still there. I just thought in the sports arena we were beyond it. I think the way Cam is being treated shows we’re not."

Newton, on the other hand, enters the draft with some oversized baggage to go with his impressive skills. While at the University of Florida, he was arrested for being in the possession of a stolen laptop. Before entering Auburn, his father admitted shopping him to Mississippi State. Asking price: $180,000. As a result, he was briefly suspended then reinstated by the NCAA -- Newton says he never knew of his father's activities -- in time for Auburn's late-season rush to the national championship.

Newton has been mentioned as the possible top overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in the pro draft. His workouts have been mixed, and Nawrocki and others have recently homed in on his personality, work habits and ability to lead.

While Moon says Newton has been singled out because of his race,QB Ryan Mallett has undergone similar scrutiny. In fact, experts say concerns about the Arkansas All-American's character and personality may drop him down the draft board.

In recent years, as top rookie quarterbacks have demanded contracts in the tens of millions of dollars, teams have put more and more emphasis on a player's intangibles.

With the draft four weeks away, don't expect the probes to stop now.

MG

51 comments:

TommyGunz said...

You know this is just like if you don't like Obama your are instantly a racist. Some people always love to play the race card. i.e. NAACP

J said...

Warren Moon is out to lunch, and has lowered himself to the level of other race-baiting pimps like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

Pretty strong words from an Auburn shill, huh?

None of the criticism is race-related. It is envy-related, "he's not from my school" related, and "I know you will never change" thinking.

As we all know, the SEC is the best and most competitive football conference of all time. The rivalries are intensely personal, none more so than Alabama-Auburn. Whatever school you went to/root for in the SEC, you rarely enjoy seeing anyone from the other 11 schools having success. So the fact that he went to Auburn provides non-Auburn fans plenty of reason to hate him.

Then there is that slug that helped birth him - yet another preacher who has no business behind a pulpit, another bucket of slime who thinks being a preacher entitles him to bucketloads of other people's money. How many times have we seen preachers like this? And why, once he was exposed to be the scum that he is, was he given a free pass and all of his evil blamed on his son? I will go to my grave not understanding this. Preacher after preacher after preacher gets exposed for using his position and people around him to fatten his bank account, yet for this one preacher, no one wants his head, they want the head of his son.

Also, for the 47,000,000th time, yes it is possible that Rev. Pond Scum concocted this pay-for-play mess entirely on his own, with his son having no knowledge. If you claim this is a physical impossibility, I defy you to present evidence that ever since your kids were born that they know every detail of every activity you have engaged in during their lifetime.

Then there's the notion that once you do something stupid or illegal, that is your character, you will always be evil, it is not possible for you to change, and those indiscretions must be mentioned at every mention of your name. Gordon displays this by bringing up the laptop again. Once again, I challenge everyone to expose one stupid or illegal thing you did when you were 18, so we can mention it every time your name comes up, even if you live to be 100. Oh, you say you don't do those things anymore and we shouldn't keep throwing them in your face? Then why do you keep doing it to this kid?

There is one other thing I could mention, but it is Peter St. Onge's favorite piece of evidence on this matter, so I'll let him repeat it.

So no, there's no evidence of racism in the treatment of Cam Newton. Tons of other wrong things, but not racism.

Anonymous said...

People described Jimmy Clausen in nearly the same way last year.

Kenneth said...

Can we drop the race card for a while and accept that Newton has baggage and that he is going to be more highly scrutinized both because of his talent and because his father asked for $180,000 for his son to help the team earn a national championship? How about we discount Mr. Moon because of his affinity for domestic violence or is that racist, too?

Zgodwin said...

Looks like Moon is the racist! Isn't it funny how the first ones to play the race card are usually the biggest racistof the bunch? It goes both ways!

Anonymous said...

I think Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon who had to "first" prove himself in the CFL before given a chance at QB in the American NFL knows about racism. So the norm now is to claim someone is "playing the race card" as a defense when racism is present. That's like getting upset when someone calls you a liar when your actions prove that you are a liar. But it's ok. Persons who point out racism expect to be accused of "playing the race card" since after all that is now the norm.

Ed said...

Like with President Obama, the racists accuse those who call them out of doing so because you aren't allowed to criticize Cam Newton because to do so is racist. The fact is, a lot of criticism of both is just out and out racism. There are plenty of reasons to criticize Newton but a lot of what I see on the Observer comments is just "nudge nudge wink wink" little digs at him because of his race.

Anonymous said...

Big Ben of Pittsburgh was accused of RAPE. Favre sent pictures of his private area to a 20 year old young lady. These men are sexual deviants. In reality, most whites, especially white males hate the fact that this young man will make millions and will have White Women throwing themselves at his feet. With White Men, it's always about race and their desire to subjugate anyone who is different than they are.

Keith

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? We all know racism doesn't exist anymore!

Anonymous said...

Keith you are a prime example of why we(americans) cannot get past--the past, not white men.
Why is it ok for you to type what you just typed. Disgusting and I am sick of it.

I am part real native american(not what everyone claims tobe) and I used to like Warren Moon. Today is light years from we were when Moon was in his early days. IDIOT!

Anonymous said...

It's pathetic you can't question a black man without being branded a racist. News flash Warren, just because he's black doesn't mean he's perfect. Just like if he was white the same questions would exist. Being black makes you no better, no worse. Here's what we know about Cam. He stole, he cheated, he may have been aware of a pay scandal. Those are red flags. Should those just be looked over because Cam happens to be black. Quit making excuses. If you want equality, quit looking for a crutch

Anonymous said...

Using Racism as "A crutch", could not have said it better!

Anonymous said...

I am so SICK of hearing that racist crap! All someone has to do is to print something you don't agree with, and the racist label comes out. Obama and the Dems can't control the TEA party, so they call them racist. I'm fed up with this crap. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Warren Moon, Obama - you can all go take a flying leap - and its NOT because you are black! It's because you are idiots in every sense of the word.

Anonymous said...

You first! Set the example. Take a flying leap!

Anonymous said...

Where do we get racism in the criticism of Cam Newton? Did anyone call the black reporters racist who questioned Jimmy Clausen last year? No they didn't. Yes I know that is apples and oranges, but Newton does bring baggage that Clausen didn't. This race card crap is just that - crap. Why is it coming up for Newton? I never thought once about this kid's race and his issues until people start pulling out the race card. GROW UP People!!!

Anonymous said...

You're exposing yourself as racists - stop!!!

Let me clue you in....
When you compare Newton to Russell...well that's kind of racist, a quick comparison would quickly show that's hardly the case. Vince Young, ditto. You're really just going on pretty surface associations - no pun intended, but actually... that pun fits.

Stick to what you've seen of him on the field, what you can PROVE of his character and avoid the leaps of "my gut tells me this". If you stick to the facts usually you can avoid being called a racist.

Anonymous said...

I think people pick Russell because he was the latest big bust as a #1 overall QB, but pick any of the other big busts and you have the same intention - race is not a factor. If they do mean it in a racist manner shame on them!

Geezus People said...

anyone can be criticized - that's fine. the point Moon was making is that the profile of Newton was very stereotypical: punctuality? (cp time) fake smile? (unreliable dandy). Its a veritable checklist of racial stereotypes ... all from a guy who's never met Cam before.

Its amazing how angry (some) white people get when the topic of race comes up. Its a fact of life for everyone else except people like you. Once you've had the experience of being a black quarterback in the nfl, THEN you can say that Moon doesn't know what he's talking about.

On Newton: I think he's immature, but will be a really good NFL quarterback about 3 years from now. You can see how hard he's worked to compete for a higher draft position. He's motivated and coachable. Gabbert will be Kyle Orton in three years. OK, but Yawn. Newton has a chance to be something special.

i"d be ok with taking Gabbert, Green or Peterson .. or even Dareus. But none of those guys have the potential to make us a lot better.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, most of us would love to be black QB in the NFL - Warren has had tough life for sure..

Anonymous said...

Newsflash people... The entire college system has been paying players under the table for almost 30 years. So Cam is not the 1st guy to get or expect some money. Does anyone know what AUburn made this year in Revenue??? Over $12 million. and how involved was Newton in earning that money?? The game is going to change. The big mobb executives stealing billions off the backs of players is coming to an end. None of the NCAA "non-profit" mobb bosses are black. 75% of the players are. It is always a race issue in this country. Unfortunately there was one race that has always treated another horribly in history. Sorry people won't sweep that inequality under the rug so you feel better.

Anonymous said...

some of you people who are calling it "race card" take a look at The documentary Black Magic. or watch what Jim Brown went through just to play football. Race is an issue. White people need to stop running from it. We know your ashamed or maybe some are not. It still exists and black people know it and will call you on it.

Anonymous said...

"racism"....b-o-r-i-n-g, b-o-r-i-n-g...

IgnatiusR

Anonymous said...

I WAS BORN IN THIS COUNTRY AND I'M NOT AN AMERICAN. I'M BLACK AND I HATE THIS COUNTRY. (and no, I'm not leaving, you leave) Angry White men with no talent have a real issue with a young Black male like Mr. Newton having a career, making millions, etc. Big Ben of Pittsburgh has been accused of rape...TWICE, but there is not the outrage from WHITE MEN. Newton has never convicted of a crime and has never hurt anyone. WHITE MEN really need to deal with their racist feelings and their self-hatred. For centuries, WHITE MEN have always pushed the idea that they are superior to all other races. If they are truly were superior, why all the effort in broadcasting that fact or raping/enslaving others?

Keith

Anonymous said...

Keith-

Everybody hates Rothlesberger. Maybe people in Pittsburg like him. The "white media" crucified him. Your example does not fit. Had he done those things in college, I highly doubt he'd be playing in the NFL right now.

Anonymous said...

yeah I guess if your white and have a hard life, it's just because your stupid and lazy.

Anonymous said...

J I think you're totally off your rocker if you think no racism is involved here. You can't throw all accussations in the category of Jesse and Al. Especially coming from Warren Moon. He of all people can speak to this. He should've been given a chance in the NFL years before he was but the NFL wanted no parts of his talent. It would've made the clowns in the position look ridiculous. Look at the numbers he put up WITH NO DEFENSES!!! It IS race related and I don't understand what the hell people have been looking at but I saw a quarterback lead his team from behind against elite opponents, destroy those he was supposed to and put up numbers like "sudoku". This young man has to potential to shatter and remake the mold of the quarterback position. White football purists, (what an oxymoron), are afraid that they may be seeing the end of the domination of the quarterback position just like they are seeing the shift in this nation's leadership. (The "Obama Affect" strikes again.)
Now, I totally agree with you about his father. That is absolutely disgusting behavior and personally, as a Christian, I wish these buffoons would get out of the pulpit because they are indeed wolves after money. To punish the young man because of that is uncalled for and not only envious, but simply racist PERIOD!

Anonymous said...

Warren Moon? He's a wife beater. Yes, he beat his wife. A professional football player who hits women... So, why does anyone really care what he thinks in the first place? The facts are that this kid is a thief and his dad has demonstrated a lack of ethics based on his NCAA violations. Calling someone a racist means nothing today. Call me a racist, I'll say, whatever.. but I will continue to hang out with my friends, some of whom are minorities, and I will still respect people like Thomas Sowell and Eric Rush.

Anonymous said...

Keith
you are a Racist plain and simple, classic case of "reverse racism". You are the spokesperson for these other guys. You have just expressed yourself in a way that defines, a racist. Good Job and thank you for proving the point and this is why White people get upset about racism.

OH MY God we are 40 years past Jim brown, we have a black president now... Imagine what Dr. Martin Luther King would think about us having a Black President and then he would see how people are manipulating the rights he was trying to get for African Americans. Blaming other people for their problems.

Everytime something goes wrong in Black peoples life(INSERT CRUTCH), "it;s because I'm black." You don't want to hear Morgan Freeman's thoughts or Bill Cosby what he has to say, I guess the NAACP shut him up.

Anonymous said...

Why is it that black people are so racist and want to see the white man suffer?

Anonymous said...

>>You can't throw all accussations in the category of Jesse and Al.

Why not? When something is as common as the rain, you don't take it very seriously. After a while, indifference becomes contempt, which is where I am.

It is possible that some bit of racism might still sometime be committed in this country by a white person against a black person (although it is much more likely to happen the other way 'round).

In any case, I greet all such charges now with sneering contempt. Life's to short to sort through them all looking for the occasional righteous one. The deck is all played out; the wolf has howled too often. Who cares anymore?

IgnatiusR

dave b said...

Of course we have to play the race card, he couldn't just have personality flaws.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 8:16

You just did it again.("white football purists are afraid that they may be seeing the end of the domination of the qb position etc.) How the hell can you speak and put that ignorant double standard talk and call other people racist.

I get it now. Black people don't know the meaning of racism/stereotyping. I could only imagine if anytime of day or night you can see Black comedians on TV making fun of white people.... OH WAIT YOU CAN!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The media has is all backwards as usual.
Scam Newton critics are not racists by any stretch. Not even close. Its the reverse. Newton critics are only telling the truth his defenders do not want to hear defending the indefensible due their own lack of integrity and morality challenged standards.

If Big Ben were fired today for his white on white rape accusation so be it. There would be no whining so that reverse argument is weak ignorant and illogical. Fire him. Who cares. Send him to jail. No double standards.

Pro sports entertainment has become nothing but an unneeded economic albatross burden anyway on the US economy and should be eliminated or revamped to reduce costs. Ditch frivilous unwanted unneeded multi millionaire overpaid overated spoiled rotten selfish greedy players. Who needs them? Good riddence.
Cut all these rising excessive gas, food, tv cable, clothing, taxes, etc by 50% in the process. Help the American masses.

Owners need to buy back into real business ventures again to help the US economy and produce millions of real jobs.

Keep amatuer sports status quo thru high school and college.

Anonymous said...

Ok, to the individiual who said "Warren Moon beat his wife". The only reason you don't have your dirt out here is because you're not important enough for us to give a d&%n. Babe Ruth was drunk, John F. Kennedy was an adulterer, Ronald Reagan ran the country by "watching the positions of the stars and Mickey Mantle drank his talent away. What's your point?! Anytime a Black Man defends another you dweebs want to throw up morals when you all are the most immoral, deceitful and murderous race that has ever walked the face of the earth. We're talking about talent on a football field! I said it before and I'll say it again the comments were indeed racist. I didn't say I was racist I just know how to call you on your foolishness and that scares you. I admit I don't trust Whites but I don't think all of you are bad. I am just like any other Black Man in corporate America we know you all don't have our best interest in mind so we do go to work everyday prepared for WAR. Your people have made it that way and the comments out here have reinforced my thinking. I don't trust you all more than I can spit you.

Anonymous said...

plenty of blame to go around. I believe most of the negative comments are racist, and have read many pure racist comments. I'm personally tired of the athlete's getting all the blame. The white collar side of pro and college sports make plenty of money. Do under handed stuff all the time, and always get off with a slap on the wrist or nothing at all. They are like the NASCAR quote(if you ain't cheat'n you ain't trying). They are responsible for the bidding wars over athletes so they can make more money by winning championships. Maybe we should concentrate more on the money than on race. That's what it's really about in the world today period.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:47

You just did it again... You are truly an idiot. read what you just typed.
So you defend someone by the first thing that comes out of your mouth is "it's the white mans fault"?

And this is now not over hundred years ago till now....... IT IS ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON NOW!!!!


PURE RACIST COMMENTS-- So when does anyone else get to claim racism IT is a 2 way street but you don't realize it, because your to damn busy living in the past and think "crackers" owe you! You thinks it's ok to sterotype and be racist because it happened in the past.
NOBODY OWES YOU S#!t!!!!

Anonymous said...

Black people don't even realize they do it, because it is socially accepted.

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chill said...

I don't think its totally racist but I think some of the people who are doing it don't even realize it. I ain't hear jamarcus Russell name one time last year when bradford was #1 qb. I hear it everyday now. Russell and newton aren't even similar. Also gabbert was 8th in his own conference in most stat categories in a spread offense as well. If newton had gabbert stats, he maybe would be a 5th rounder if he was lucky. If gabbert had newton stats, he would have had a contract offer in march. No pro day needed. Lol.

Anonymous said...

If it werent for elite whites buying reject slaves off tribal chiefs YOU would not even be in America but back in Africa living in squalor and wouldnt have to worry about the NFL.

Reportedly scientists have been working for yrs perfecting some high tech super advanced Time Travel Machine to solve this whole race problem and others once and for all by going back in time 500 yrs and eliminating all African slavery to get rid of this eternally. This should make you happy as hell because you wouldnt have to live in the terrible white mans world and deal with him.

It is reported that some parts of history have already been changed but when it is erased all memory is erased worldwide so you would not be aware of it. "Back To The Future" has become a reality.

Hopefully it will not be much longer before the history of African slavery in the west and America will be completed eradicated through atomic nuclear fission Time Travel and all these problems will be solved once and for all.
America will be all white with all its sports.

All African slaves descendants will be totally satisfied and will not have to live around and hate whites or white civilization and the word racism will vanish from existence here.
You will be happy then for once and living back in your original home as happy campers from 500 yrs ago.

Who knows. It could happen any second in the blink of an eye and you would never know it because all history would be instantly erased.

Good luck and no hard feelings. Slave history will be vanished eternally. America can be friends and allies with your African nations.

signed: The white race.

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Anonymous said...

From now on I am going to be sensitive to the black folks.

I will only call them by the gammatically correct term for people of so called 'black' skin color.

Negroids

Anonymous said...

Nice original satire on the time travel. SNL may use it.

NBC

Anonymous said...

I think you was misinformed on what they are working on. They are actually trying to go back before the white race came to this land from Europe and destroyed the Native American culture with diseases and trickery. Most nations where peaceful before the white race showed up and so they figure if they can prevent the white race from spreading all over the world and contain them to Europe. They may destroy there own nation with there diseases, barbaric nature, and wars. So to the person who wrote that misinformation. If you suddenly find your self in a third world Europe, that's if it even exist. Then you know they succeeded.

Anonymous said...

Here we go again. Just like if you disagree with Obama's Socialist/Communist policies, you are automatically branded a ractist! Yes there are ractist (of ALL racial backgrounds). No American isnot a ractist country (look who is President)!!!

Anonymous said...

Such ignorance. Native Americas are the white European Lations and Anglicans where the name "America" came from in 1512 named for European Latino Italian explorer Americus Vespucio.

The reds or indians of the mongoloid race were all from Asia and migrated over the Bering land bridge. Archology proved this

The ex-Asian natives in the western hemisphere were pagan savages who practiced beastality cannibalism human sacrifice and never owned anything. They were easily conquered and subjegated.

Get an education.

Anonymous said...

"Such ignorance. Native Americas are the white European Lations and Anglicans where the name "America" came from in 1512 named for European Latino Italian explorer Americus Vespucio"


Oh OK. So the white race came to this land and destroyed an existing culture. Then took over the land and named it. Thanks for clearing that up. Bottom line the white race are not native to any land. Not even Europe. Before you tell someone to get and education. You should look up the real history of the white race and study the biology of the white race. Then you will see who the real savages are. It is good that you did not put your name to that. With the advancement of the internet and other materials available to study. There is no excuse to post something so laughable in which you think is fact.

Anonymous said...

"Here we go again. Just like if you disagree with Obama's Socialist/Communist policies, you are automatically branded a racist! Yes there are racist (of ALL racial backgrounds). No American isn't a racist country (look who is President)!!!"

So I guess you think Bushes policies where awesome. Look at the comments on this blog or any blog. This country still has a serious problem with race. Being in denial is will never fix it. Racism just like everything else has evolved. So just because it does not jump right out at you. Does not mean it is not there. Racism still has the same smell to it. It stinks. An regardless of how racism has evolved, that smell will never change.

Anonymous said...

Since all whites are 'racist', why don't all the blacks form their own football league and refuse to play for 'whitey'. Then only blacks can review blacks and whites can review whites. But if all that you blacks want is to have whites applaude your successes and ignore all of your shortcomings then you will have a long wait. Not even your great leader in the WH can legislate respect, it has to be earned.

Anonymous said...

There are only two white running backs in the league... I sense racism afoot.

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