Criticism of Cam Newton Is Not Racially Biased

It all started with:

“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 – does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room…Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness – is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable.”

Nolan Nawrocki’s take on Cam Newton.  I’ve heard people say that they wouldn’t have a problem with it if he had noted sources.  Even something so vague as “an NFL position coach told me” or “a guy in an NFL team’s personnel department said” would have been enough.  Frankly, I don’t see the point in being so vindictive (because that’s how it comes off), but this is not racial.

Warren Moon’s take is disappointing:

“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.”

Seriously, Warren?  You really think this is about race?  You make yourself sound so foolish when you try to play that card.  Just drop it already.  An assessment is an assessment and it is not your excuse to pretend that football is a racist sport.  We’ll learn about Cam soon enough one way or another.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Matthew Tosh

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