Cam Newton Thinks He Scares People Because They Have Nothing To Compare Him to, And He's Absolutely Right
LBS- While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Newton was asked about some of the scrutiny he has faced this year both on and off the field. He believes it has something to do with the color of his skin.
“I’m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to,” Newton said, via Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer.
“Whether you win, lose or draw, people are going to talk,” he said. “Now the true fans — they know what’s up. They’re going to be supportive whatever happens. … But people are going to judge and have their own opinion on certain things that I don’t have control over nor does anybody else.”
As ESPN’s Robert Flores noted earlier this year, no one seemed to care when Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce broke out a flamboyant end zone dance. Flores believes that is because Kelce is white. You could argue that Newton is a superstar and Kelce isn’t, which is why Cam finds him.
Pretty much exactly what I have said before. Cam Newton -despite currently being the best and most enjoyable quarterback in football- is a polarizing figure because he doesn't fit neatly into the box labeled "NFL quarterback" that people keep trying to stuff him in. Look at the reasons people criticize him. They claim he dances too much like 90% of the players in the NFL don't cut a rug after scoring a touchdown. They claim he celebrates every first down like he's the first player to get up smiling and point towards the opposition's goal line after putting his body on the line to extend a drive. My favorite criticism? He's a quarterback and quarterbacks shouldn't act like that. Find me another quarterback that willingly takes the amount of hits that Cam does to make plays. Name me another quarterback who is also the best running back on his team. Let me help save you some time, there is none.
Cam Newton is the first of his kind, and for some reason that scares the shit out of people. A black quarterback dominating the league at damn near two positions and shamelessly celebrating in everyone's face as he does it. People may be comfortable with black quarterbacks. They may be comfortable with mobile quarterbacks. They may be comfortable with flamboyant quarterbacks. They may be comfortable with successful quarterbacks. It's becoming readily apparent that some aren't comfortable with the embodiment of all those different quarterbacks in one player. His play has been unbelievable, his entertainment value has been off the charts, and most importantly, he's done it while winning all but one game. There literally isn't one single reason to hate Cam Newton other than the fact that he is foreign to you, and he should be foreign to you, because when he's at the top of his game he's unlike anyone else we have seen before.