Of course. Of course there is uncertainty surrounding Cam Newton. Of course the first non-football news he is a part of this offseason is polarizing. Would we really have it any other way? This past season was littered with segregative storylines about Cam Newton. Is he cocky or confident? Is he arrogant or fun loving? Is he black or "too black"? Is he great for the league or terrible for the youth of America? It makes total sense that it would be would be the dead of February and we would still be bickering over Cam Newton. It was never cut and dry with him before so why should it start now? It's just that instead of worrying about whether dabbing is classless or not, we are worrying about whether he was innocently smoking a cigar in the club, or if he was choking down a clown-sized blunt that would fit perfectly into an intentionally exaggerated scene from 'Half Baked'. I can't say I know the answer, but I can tell you that every person that disliked Cam's antics on the field is surely convinced it's a doobie, and every person that thinks it's a stogie more than likely took Cam's side in an argument this past season. Of that much I am certain.
As for whether I think it's weed or tobacco? I'll put it this way, I am not here to speak on behalf of Cam Newton's intelligence. He has done some very stupid shit in his past, and for that reason I have to believe he is capable of doing more in the future. So I am not going to lie, this looks pretty bad. Generally cigars aren't smoked in the VIP area of a crowded club while the smoker is dancing along to trap music. The circumstances of the situation -as well as Cam Newton's decision to take an excessive puff- makes it look like there is definitely some recreational drug use taking place. With that said, I simply can't -in good conscience- say that I think Cam Newton is dumb enough to get high while standing up on stage in plain sight of an entire establishment of people whose cell phones are undoubtedly fixated on him. Especially since the utensil he would have been using to do so resembles the final bites of a super-sized, foot long 'Tootsie Roll'. On the scale of subtlety that's only like one step above hot-boxing the commissioner's office, and I refuse to believe that even Cam Newton is that senseless. Clueless enough to put himself in a position where it looks like he's getting stoned in front of hundreds of people? Yes. Dense enough to actually do it? No, I don't think so.