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Cam Newton - "I'm an African American QB"

During a news conference today, Cam Newton came out and said race may play a factor in why he's becoming a lightening rod for public criticism. Newton said,

"I'm an African-American quarterback that scares people because they haven't seen nothing that they can compare me to."

Newton has been the center of media attention all this time along, and he made controversial remarks on why he's been taking all the heat and furthered the conversation as to why parents have written to newspapers and websites criticizing his most minor missteps.
[Here is an excerpt from the news conference.]
In the video, Newton states that,
"I said that prior to me being in this situation. But when I said it then it was like, 'Oh he is immature,' or, 'Oh he's young and this that and the third.' I felt a certain type of way then and I feel a certain type of way now - nothing has pretty much changed. They talk about maturity. They talk about skillset. ... The only thing that has changed (about me) is that we're winning now.''
Cam Newton's coach, Ron Rivera said Newton should not have to fight perceptions about race. Rivera, who is Hispanic, have admitted that there were instances when he had to fight the race battle as well. Rivera backed his quarterback and said, "It really should be about your merits more than anything else. More about what you have accomplished, what you have done.'' He added

Cam Newton does not want to be known as the African American quarterback.


Football fans, do you think it's fair to say that Cam Newton has been the center of attention within the media because of his race? Comment below!

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There are probably some people out there who dislike him, whether they are conscious of it or not, because of his race. There are also a lot of people who think he's cocky or immature, which I think is ridiculous. It sometimes seems like people don't want him to enjoy playing football, they don't like seeing him have fun with the game, and that's not fair. People compare him to stoic guys like Russell Wilson think everyone should be quiet and bland. I think those people need to grow up and get over it.
its everyones own opinion. i dont care about race. its about how the game is played. u play well ur good. u suck u suck and should not be playing the game. lol as Michael Jackson would sing "It dont matter if ur black or white" lol
I'm super proud of how Cam Newtons handling the situation too but let's not forget to give Ron Rivera some credit he's done a great job coaching the team and Cam Newton and I think he's going to be the first Hispanic head coach to make it to the Superbowl so I think that's a big freakin deal and something to be celebrated
Me personally I could give less of a crap about his race but a lot of other people do so I do think he's got more attention because of his race.
@Bobs Ah got it boss. You're right, he did get this treatment back when he was in college.
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