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That’s RACIST

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by Joe

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It’s been awhile since my last post. Mainly because I’ve been really busy but also because I was being a bit lazy and had run out of ideas. Well, you can thank former professional quarterback and the first Black quarterback to get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Warren Moon, for giving me an idea.

Warren has taken it upon himself to become the advisor for the future first round draft pick, former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. Why does Newton need Moon as an advisor you ask? I honestly don’t know. But whatever, that’s beside the point. The point is however that Moon has recently said that the reason Newton has gotten so much criticism from the press is because he is, wait for it……..BLACK.

The reason Cam is being labeled selfish, childish, a poor leader, fake, lacks accountability, lacks focus, isn’t because he was kicked out of The University of Florida for stealing,  or being accused of asking for money to play college football (does anyone really think Cam knew nothing about what is father was doing), or the fact he only played one year at a high level and usually ran after his first option was covered, it’s because his skin isn’t white. That’s right people, it’s the return of the good old-fashioned race card.

Here is exactly what Moon said:

“A lot of the criticism he’s receiving is unfortunate and racially based,” Moon, who is Newton’s adviser, told the website. “I thought we were all past this. I don’t see other quarterbacks in the draft being criticized by the media or fans about their smile or called a phony. He’s being held to different standards from white quarterbacks. I thought we were past all this stuff about African-American quarterbacks, but I guess we’re not. Of course there is racism in every walk of society. We’ve made a lot of progress in this country. But racism is still there. I just thought in the sports arena we were beyond it. I think the way Cam is being treated shows we’re not.”

BULLSHIT!!!!!

Sorry for the obscene language, but I couldn’t think of any other way to put it. Moon is so far off base here that it is actually sad. The last I checked, Ryan Mallett is getting very similar criticism and he is as white as white can be. That pretty much completely shuts down Moon’s theory right there.

Scouts are tasked with a very important job. Based upon their recommendation, teams may end up investing Millions and Millions of dollars on these players as well as the future success of their franchises. Part of evaluating a player is to not only look at the players tangible’s on the field but also their intangibles and off the field behavior.

Newton has done a great job so far of spotlighting this troubles off the field. First, he was accused of stealing a computer from a fellow student then charged when said computer was found in his possession (the white devil probably planted it). It was also reported that a big reason why Newton left The University of Florida is because he was facing either suspension or expulsion for being caught cheating on three separate occasions (he was unfairly accused by a white professor).

After that it was off to Blinn College (yeah, I had never heard of it either) where he ended up leading his team to the 2009 NJCAA National Football Championship. He apparently didn’t have any issues here but then it gets much more interesting.

Auburn recruited Newton to come play. While leading the Heisman Trophy race and helping guide his team to a future NCAA Championship, an investigation was under way that he offered his services to Mississippi State University for the sum of between $120,000 and $180,000. Now, it turned out that Cam’s father Cecil was the one who was actually behind this and the son had absolutely no idea this was happening. BULLSHIT!!! I have an extremely difficult time believing this story. It just doesn’t seem reasonable to me.

All of this leads to the NFL combine. After Cam won the Heisman Trophy and a National Championship, he was thought to be heading towards a top 5 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. While being interviewed at the combine, he actually told Peter King of Sports Illustrated that he sees himself “not only as a football player, but an entertainer and icon”. I do believe that maybe this was blown way out of proportion, but it wasn’t the smartest thing to say when trying to convince teams to take a chance on you and invest millions of dollars.

Now, after all the previous issues on the table and the fact that many believe Cam’s father may be a little to involved, he is still projected to go either number 1 or 2 in the draft. Those racist bastards.

So the question to ask is why Warren Moon felt he needed to come out and say that all the negative reviews that Newton has gotten so far are because of race? It’s pretty simple actually. The sad truth is because it was the easiest thing to do. It was much easier to say that these scouts are racist than to have Newton take accountability for the mistakes he has made.

Don’t believe me? Go back and try to find an a statement or an interview where Newton has ever admitted to stealing the laptop, or cheating at Florida, or being apart of the Pay-to-Play scandal. Unless I missed something, you won’t find any. In fact, Newton has staunchly denied any involvement with the Mississippi State scandal and placed any an all blame on his father while consistently avoiding any questions by reporters on the topic.

If Cam Newton had come out and took responsibility for his actions and the choices he made, wouldn’t that put to rest some of the things that have come into question about his character. He was young and stupid. Yes, he made some mistakes and is willing to own up to them. We love second and third and fourth chances in this country. I would think that the NFL personnel would maybe change their minds about him. Maybe look at him a little differently. Instead, he just looks like a child who would rather point fingers in a different direction and Warren Moon is right there helping to do the same thing.

NFL scouts and GMs and coaches are all desperately trying to avoid drafting the next Pac Man Jones. Jones has been pretty much a complete headache for teams since being drafted. He has had numerous run ins with the law and has been in and out of the legal system as well as being suspended from the football for the entire 2007 and part of the 2008 season. He also had been in trouble while playing football for the University of West Virginia. The red flags were there. In spite of the issues in college, the Tennessee Titans drafted him sixth overall. With all being said and done, it’s most likely safe to say that the Titans would have used that draft pick on someone else. Where there is smoke, there is fire and the Titans got burned.

Jones was a cornerback too. Not a quarterback. Jones didn’t play the most important position on a football field. Jones wasn’t pegged to be a leader of men. Cam Newton does play quarterback and will be expected to lead men on the football field. He has to have a certain level of maturity and self-discipline to be a great quarterback and so far he hasn’t shown that he has those characteristics. The most important position is going to be by far under the most scrutiny and that is the situation that Cam Newton is in now.

In a league where the large majority of players are African-American, I find it patiently absurd that scouts, general managers, and coaches take race into the equation when evaluating a potential draft pick. I mean, Akili Smith and Jamarcus Smith were both taken 3rd and 1st overall respectively. In Moon’s day, race definitely played a role, especially when it came to quarterbacks. That was also some 20 years ago. Not only as society changed, but so has football.

 Maybe that this is what this whole thing is about. Maybe Moon still holds some bitterness over the way he was treated when he was coming up. It’s hard to blame him actually. I would probably still be a little upset if I were him. But just because he was profiled because of his race, doesn’t mean the same thing is now happening with Newton.

I realize that part of this also be that Moon is trying to stand up for his “client” and tying to deflect some of the negative attention that has been surrounding Newton. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it has just created even more negative attentions. Especially when Ryan Mallet’s character have come under question and scouts were saying very similar things about Jimmy Clausen last year.

Maybe I’m naive or ignorant or uninformed, but I think this kind of thing just ends up creating more harm than good. It ends up creating more racial division than needs to be. It moves us as a society backward not forward, in the direction we need to be moving. I think we can do better than this. I think instead of immediately crying racism, maybe take a second and examine if there are any factors in play that may make more sense. Maybe if we do this, we can realize that not everything is based upon prejudice. That maybe a person’s character is judged by his actions, not by the color of his or her skin.

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