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Cam Newton Says His Critics Aren’t Racist: “Everybody’s Entitled To Their Own Opinion”
During the 2015 NFL season, the Carolina Panthers put the entire NFL on notice going 14-0 before receiving their first loss of the season against the Atlanta Falcons. That wasn’t the only thing that was put on notice as quarterback Cam Newton was heavily criticized by some players and mostly fans who took issue with his celebrating during the game, whether it was for a 1st down or a touchdown.
While some saw it as racism because many have celebrated like him before, but didn’t get criticized because they were of a different race, Cam Newton didn’t see it that way at all.
“It’s not racism. Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion,” Newton said in an interview with Zach Baron of GQ published Monday.
“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. …
“I don’t want this to be about race, because it’s not. It’s not. Like, we’re beyond that. As a nation.”
Cam was asked about his behavior after losing the Super Bowl and the criticism he received because he walked out of the press conference:
“I had so much emotion,” he says now, trying to explain. “A lot of emotion. We play the game to win. And we didn’t.” He’s past it now without regretting it exactly: “I could care less. You know, what a person says to me, says about me—if it’s not coming out of Chosen’s mouth.… That’s what the birth of my son does. Like, what do I gain? Now I have purpose in this world. Whether a mean tweet, a mean [person] saying, ‘Hey, you’re supposed to do it like this’—if my son ain’t saying it, then it don’t matter to me.”