I have refrained from saying this given the nature of the controversy constantly swirling around him this season, but I hate Cam Newton. Whew, that felt so good to finally get off my chest. I feel like harboring a strong disdain for Cam Newton automatically leads people to believe that I give a shit about how long a player decides to dance in the end zone, when that couldn't be further from the truth. If Cam Newton wants to dab, two-step, whip, nae-nae, and Superman a bunch of hoes for 5 minutes on end than I will likely watch all 5 minutes, because as hard as it is too admit, he is flat out entertaining. The source of my hatred for the man that has been the target of not-so-subtly racist backlash for better part of a month doesn't resonate from how he chooses to celebrate his scores. It resonates mostly from the fact that I am a Saints fan that has to watch my team, who can't seem to figure out the definition of defense, play against a great quarterback twice a year. However, that's not the only reason that I hate Cam Newton, and that doesn't make me someone that is unable to see beyond the color of an athlete's skin.
Why can't I hate an MVP candidate that cost himself a few brain cells by paying more attention towards staring down an oncoming defender and taunting his opposition than getting into the endzone? There are people that hate on Cam Newton and say he's a "thug" because they are too stupid to diagnose their own discrimination. I hate Cam Newton because not only is he great at what he does, but because he takes every opportunity to let you know how great he is at what he does. That is a very hatable quality for a person to have no matter what color their skin happens to be. Yeah, this is just one example, but if he had put a little hitch in his giddy up he undoubtedly scores on that play, instead of checking to make sure he has all his teeth and undergoing concussion protocol. I am not saying Cam Newton is a bad guy. He doesn't exactly have a spotless past, but everything he has done off the field, including his interactions with children, certainly speak to him having a turned a corner. Both talent-wise and personality-wise he is great for the game. However, that doesn't make him immune to completely valid, race-neutral criticism when he acts like an asshole. Intentionally warming up on the Saints side of the field and slowly prancing towards the end zone are just a few times in which he was unquestionably an asshole. Trust me, it takes one to know one, and we HATE when our actions are used against us. So let me just hate Cam Newton in peace, without being thought of as a stick-in-the-mud, because I openly admit that I would embrace everything he does if he were on my team and not that of a division rival.
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