Bomani Jones offers a corrective to Cam Newton's comments on racism. It's worth also checking out the round-up of scouting reports on Newton and weighing them against his actual production. That aside, I think Jones hits on something I missed:
Newton was often compared to Russell and Young, even Akili Smith. The only thread linking all three was race. Newton's ability to absorb a pro-style offense after years in the spread was questioned, even though Sam Bradford, the previous No. 1 pick made the same adjustment to positive reviews. His work ethic was questioned, as if a man could simply roll out of bed and have the best season ever for a college quarterback.For those keeping score at home, that's a trifecta: dumb, lazy and just like the others. For more, there's Nolan Nawrocki's absurd takedown, centered around Cam's purported inability to lead, and the belief much of the league agreed with him. This was transparent, textbook racism, the same rap guys from Marlin Briscoe to Joe Gilliam to Doug Williams fought.
"It's just this gut feeling I have that I don't know how great he wants to be. " "What it really comes down to .. is football IQ and work ethic. And if he wants to be the best quarterback in the game, I'm all in. I love it. "But something tells me that he'll be content to be a multi-millionaire who's pretty good. And that doesn't get it done for me."
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