Cam Newton – Some People Did Know Better
On the ESPN radio show “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” the popular sports analyst, Colin Cowherd, opened up his show with something I often think about when watching Cam Newton. How important are fathers and role models during the development of child athletes?
Carolina Panthers starting quarterback Cam Newton and his maturity in relation to the rookie’s in this year’s NFL draft class is staggering. Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, and Robert Griffin III represent the best NFL rookie QB class in three decades, if not ever. All three of these young men put Cam Newton to shame in how they manage their lives, both on and off the field.
Colin Cowherd’s point, as I took it, was that it’s obvious a father plays a huge role in how an athlete turns out in life as a man and a public figure. Colin’s claimed Cam Newton clearly is a child in a man’s body. Newton lacks the maturity of those around him because he is a diva and represents everything wrong with sports today. I will say that I completely agree with that impression of Cam Newton. Ironically though, what Colin left out of the segment is what solidified my issue with sports culture today.
Colin Cowherd is a rare analyst in sports media today. This is due to his ability to provide opinion backed not by what he wants the facts to be, but by what they actually are. To put it simply Colin tells you like it is and has the FACTS to back it up. I don’t always agree with the opinions shared on his show but, Colin frames things with solid logic and common sense so at the very least his opinion can be respected if not agreed with. Colin also isn’t stupid when it comes to his chosen profession and how to use the stage he has built. Where The Herd differs from most is that I have never gotten the feeling that I am being fed ESPN’s opinion on his show, only his. Lastly, Colin uses time on his show to say “I got it wrong” and thus gives him the credibility to remind his listeners when he was right, Just ask Fireman Ed.
The timing of this years NFL rookie class could not have come at a better time. Seeing men like Luck, Wilson, and RGIII is a welcome change to the league’s landscape. The NFL is the most popular sport in America, that is just a fact, and with quality players like these young men it will continue its popularity. When the announcement Cam Newton was being investigated first broke I wasn’t even mildly surprised. When Cecil Newton, Cam’s father, and ex-Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers first claimed Cam had no idea what they were up to, I knew he did. When the Auburn document stating “There is no information suggesting that Rogers had similar discussions about a cash inducement with any other institution, either directly or indirectly,” I knew that wasn’t true either. Finally when I heard Cecil Newton’s phone records show he and Rogers exchanged over 270 calls or texts between March 2009 and January 2010, most related to MSU’s recruitment of Newton. Only about a dozen after Cam Newton signed with Auburn, I again didn’t flinch because I knew he was guilty.
When Colin Cowherd mentioned fathers and Cam Newton I knew where he was going. Cam didn’t have a quality role model to guide him in life and teach him right and wrong. I couldn’t agree more that fathers play a key role in all children’s lives and they help shape who people become. Where I was lost was figuring out where you begin to teach a boy to be accountable for his actions? If nobody was there to teach him is it fair to make him responsible for a lesson never taught? live BBW cams
Of course WE all know Cam is accountable for Cam and so does he right? Well, not so fast with that assumption. If everyone knows accountability is a necessary lesson then who taught Cam the Diva behavior that defines him now? If everyone knows a boy should be taught to be an accountable and responsible man then where was his first coach to begin that life lesson? Did the coach bench him to start the learning process of responsibility? How about his family, teacher, uncle, mother, neighbor, or priest? Did anyone actually care or did they like watching him play and just let everything else slide? After all he is a gifted child and there is no denying that. Could it be that from as far back as he can remember the influences he had created this Diva we now call Cam Newton? Worse yet did everyone along the way just keep enabling the behavior in exchange for his athletic ability? Is it possible that Cam Newton just can’t comprehend the lesson he was never taught? I am not excusing Cam Newton or any of his actions. I think athletes like Cam are a cancer in sports that has been created by parts of society that worship athletes. The creation is not just by parents but by people who should and do know better but lack the necessary character to do this in order to serve their own interests.
I mentioned that in Colin’s segment on Cam Newton some things were not talked about. I don’t think it was intentional and for all I know Colin doesn’t share my opinions on this at all. The list of people not mentioned that do know better is topped byCarolina Panthers Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson and team President Danny Morrison. Even if you skip over the NCAA, BCS, and Auburn head coach Pat Dye you are still left with the Panthers front office which made the choice to draft Newton in spite of knowing he was a diva with problems.
The argument that Cam would sell Jerseys and fill seats is ridiculous and very short sighted for a billionaire business man. These are smart wealthy people who didn’t see what was going to happen? If you wanted to be a losing team that filled your stadium and sold jerseys you should have gotten Tebow. At least you would still fill seats and sell jerseys without the problems a Cam Newton brings to your franchise. If I’m not mistaken Denver was pretty pleased leading the league in apparel sales while Tebow was there. He didn’t destroy the locker room with childish behavior, and Denver actually won games. What about Alex Smith? Not a fraction of the athletic talent but I’m certain you’re better than 3-9 right now with a date on your couch in January.
The kicker is you could be 3-9 with most quarterbacks without the added issues Newton brings at a fraction of the cost. Carolina fans should be outraged that they wasted the 1st overall pick on Newton. The last time I saw this happen so blatantly was with a player named Ryan Leaf. Could someone tell me, where does he play now? My memory isn’t perfect but I think a pretty good QB was drafted right after him that year. No matter what Cam does the decision to draft him came from the front office, and they SHOULD know better. Cam Newton will never bring a Super Bowl to Carolina or any other NFL team as a starter. At the NFL level the quarterback position is more about what’s between your ears not how fast you can run. Class matters and nothing proves that more than the rookie class representing their teams this year.