Carolina Panthers Cam Newton is making offseason headlines … again
As an NFL starting quarterback and former first-overall pick in the draft, Cam Newton is no stranger to the spotlight. Over his career, the Carolina Panthers star has had numerous run-ins with the media, including last season.
Newton has seemingly always been a lightning rod for controversy. With staunch supporters and numerous critics analyzing his every move, it is no wonder the Panthers signal-caller attempts to keep most of his personal life from being subject to the same public opinion.
Last year, Newton made a comment during a press conference relating to a female reporter and her analysis of wide receiver routes. Like many such occurrences with Newton he had some in his corner argue he was joking but many took offense and it cost him a high-dollar endorsement deal.
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Eventually, Newton issued a public video apology and both parties have seemingly moved on but now the former league MVP is making headlines again for his interaction with a teen at football camp in Florida.
According to the Bradenton Herald, kids at a 7-on-7 passing camp were harassing Newton about his performance in the Super Bowl a few seasons ago. One asks about a fumble where Newton appeared to move away from the loose football instead of attempting to recover it with Carolina trailing 16-10 late in the fourth quarter.
The two share an inaudible exchange before Newton approaches the teen and asks, “You’ll do what?” He then turns and walks away as the crowd laughs along with the kids seen on video. Only Newton knows his true intentions, but fans and detractors alike will fuel this developing story.
Fans will say again that Newton was joking and just messing with those teenagers as he often does at practice with his teammates. Both linebacker Thomas Davis and Newton have been known to exchange some jovial trash-talking at times, but doubters will argue this was a child and he crossed a line.
Despite that it appears these kids were the ones initiating the confrontation, others will argue Newton needs to grow up and be tougher. They’ll say he pouts about losing and is only positive when winning.
Both parties will have valid points and often neither will convince the other to change their mind. The fact is, Newton becomes the center of attention almost everywhere he goes and is constantly under the microscope to be tried by the public.
At this point, it’s safe to assume he is used to it and doesn’t care much what most others think about his actions – so let the debate begin.