There were a lot of people critical about Cam Newton’s post-Super Bowl press conference (see Rob Lowe Tweets About Cam Newton and the Left Loses it and Right On: Deion Sanders has Some Tough Talk For Pouty Cam Newton). This of course led to people claiming the reaction to Newton’s reaction was raaaaaacist.
You know who doesn’t think it was racist? I’ll give you three guesses…
Do you feel like football fans are racist toward you?
CAM NEWTON: “It’s not racism. Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion.”
So if it’s not that, what is it, do you think?
“I’ll let you be the judge. I don’t look at it like that. I look at it like some people have certain beliefs, and I have my own belief, and we can agree to disagree on certain things. But this is what makes sports so amazing, that we can start a discussion around a table, in the newspaper, in the magazines, that will get people’s attention. And that’s what sports does.”
In January, right before the Super Bowl, you said: “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.”
“I don’t want this to be about race, because it’s not. It’s not. Like, we’re beyond that. As a nation.”
You really think so?
“Yeah. I mean, you bring it to people’s attention. But after that, that’s it.”
That’s a pretty clear-headed and rational response, especially since I’m sure it still burns him to have to think about that day. Imagine people repeatedly asking you about when you were at your worst, crystallized into history for all to see as a public spectacle.
Of course, this is 2016 and rational responses aren’t cool…
I say all this to say that Cam Newton might genuinely believe racism is over. The sort of thing happens often with token Black people.
— Hushard (@Liberienne) August 15, 2016
Unapologetically Black twitter really going to turn on Cam Newton now lmao
— AJ (@BookieCrusher23) August 15, 2016
If Cam Newton doesn't check himself, he's going to become the next OJ Simpson. You are still black, bruh.
— ShamDeluxe (@ShamDeluxe) August 15, 2016
Cam Newton needs to spend more time dressing like a middle aged mom tryna get back out there and less time discussing race
— Meggie (@OhEmmeG) August 15, 2016
Take away the fame & the money let's see if Cam Newton still thinks we are beyond racism.
— Dre. (@Blueraydre) August 15, 2016
Cam Newton got the OJ syndrome, all because you suddenly loved by white ppl doesn't mean racism is diminished
— Jay Dior (@JayKenMinaj) August 15, 2016
Cam Newton thinks because he dresses like a rich man's wife at the Kentucky Derby, he doesn't have to worry about racism.
— NUFF$AID (@nuffsaidNY) August 15, 2016
Some perspective though…
Cam Newton fed homeless ppl up in Baltimore. He's doing more for the community than many of you "woke" ppl who hate him now.
— 2002 Chris Jericho (@SlickVick_23) August 15, 2016
Seems reasonable. But then again…