Are Criticisms Of Cam Newton Racist? [NoeBrainer]
An NFL Hall of Famer has taken great exception with a few of the critical comments that have been directed at Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
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The Carolina Panthers are 1-5 so far this season. Cam Newton has completed 58.4% of his passes for 1,387 yards with 5 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He currently ranks 23rd in the league with a 79.3 passer rating. Those numbers aren’t good. Cam Newton has also been consistently moping in postgame press conferences following losses.
Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon recently did an interview with Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports. Moon made some good points by acknowledging that Cam Newton has to be more positive following losses. Moon also mentioned that Cam hasn’t been getting it done so far this year.
Moon took exception with Newton being compared to Vince Young though. “I don’t understand it,” Moon said. “I heard somebody compare him to Vince Young. It’s the same old crap — it’s always a comparison of one black to another black. I get tired of it. I get tired of defending it.”
Really, Warren? I didn’t know it was a no-no to compare two black quarterbacks. Look, you can make a great comparison between Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford this season. Both had great seasons last year. Both currently have been disappointments this year by throwing 5 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
The comparison between Newton and Vince Young makes some sense too. Both had great rookie seasons and regressed the following year. Moon went on to suggest that Newton’s demeanor should be compared to Jay Cutler. It’s a great point, but Moon shouldn’t take so much exception to two black quarterbacks being compared to each other.
It’s not a racial issue when a black QB is compared to a white quarterback. Why should there be “racial overtones” if two black players are compared and contrasted? Warren Moon is being overly sensitive in this situation.
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