Cam Newton in GQ Talks Race, Topic of Being Called a ‘Black Quarterback’

Cam Newton

In a wide-ranging interview with GQ, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton told the magazine he doesn’t think he is subjected to extra scrutiny because he is black, ESPN reports.

“It’s not racism,” Newton told GQ. “Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion.”

Newton has been critiqued for his playing style and demeanor on and off the field throughout his five seasons in the NFL, and some have pointed to Newton’s race as part of the reason he receives such criticism.

The quarterback, however, dismissed that idea to GQ.

“I don’t want this to be about race, because it’s not. It’s not,” Newton said. “Like, we’re beyond that. As a nation.”

Before Super Bowl 50, Newton created headlines when he described himself as “an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people because they haven’t seen nothing they can compare me to.” He later eased off those comments in the run-up to his first Super Bowl appearance, when he became the sixth black quarterback to start the NFL’s title game.

“I don’t even want to touch the topic of black quarterback, because I think this game is bigger than black, white or green,” Newton said in February, before the game. “I think we limit ourselves when we just label ourselves just black, this, that and the third. I wanted to bring awareness because of that, but yet I don’t think I should be labeled just a black quarterback, because it’s bigger things in this sport that need to be accomplished.”

Panthers DE Chas Alecxih To Have Season-Ending Surgery on Left Knee

Chas Alecxih

Panthers defensive tackle Chas Alecxih faces season-ending surgery after tests Monday revealed substantial damage to his left knee, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Alecxih was injured Sunday during a 2-on-2 blocking drill and carted off the field. Alecxih, who spent all of last season on the Panthers’ practice squad, did not tear his ACL but damaged another ligament, sources said.

The Panthers are expected to sign a player Tuesday to replace Alecxih, the first player to sustain a serious injury in the first two weeks of training camp.

Team officials worked out four defensive linemen Monday – including former Georgia players Ray Drew and James DeLoach – but are not expected to sign anyone from that group.

Michael Bennett Apologizes To Cam Newton For Brash Accusations

Carolina Panthers v Philadelphia Eagles

Cam Newton was very outspoken about the senseless nature of the incident at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston where nine people were shot and killed by a young white man. While he was not exactly thinking about the NFL spread when he visited the families of the victims, he sought to act as the representative of the NFL in North and South Carolina.

The cruel act of violence took center stage during Newton’s 7-0n-7 Football tournament last month. By this time, Newton’s mantra. Every 1 Matters’ had begun to wane in popularity in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement; chief amongst the persons honored during the orientation of the Football tournament was Elijah Aschbrenner, a cancer patient whose block Halloween Party Newton crashed shortly before his death.

Considering the poignant nature of the wristbands that participants in the tournament were asked to wear, it is understandable why the Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett reached out to Newton on Sunday night to apologize.

Bennett made some waves when he accused Newton of not doing enough to bring about social change.

Bennett didn’t really single Newton out, instead attacking the greatest players in sports today, from LeBron James to Chris Paul, accusing them of sitting back and making money hand over fist even as their society crumbled.

Ever since he arrived in the NFL in 2011, Newton has endeavored to use his newfound wealth and status to change lives, his activities going unnoticed because the NFL player’s efforts are rarely publicized.

In fact, if Newberry College Linebacker Rashard Alston hadn’t tweeted about Newton’s encounter with the grief-stricken families of the Charleston victims, Newton’s visit would have gone unreported.

Alston was instrumental in Newton’s visit, helping him reach out to Chris Singleton whose mother was killed during the church massacre. According to Newton, publicizing his visit to Charleston would have been a distraction.

Newton has also continued to make calls for other sports stars to become more socially active, using their resources to change the lives of the downtrodden. Newton imputes his desire to make social change to his parents who taught him to give back to the community. Newton wasn’t as critical of his fellow players, be it in football or basketball, instead encouraging everyone to look inward because all people have the power to bring about social change if they truly wish it.

Carolina Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen hasn’t spoken out against violence, but he agrees with Newton’s efforts and has even commended Bennett for his outspoken attitude. Few people would have the courage to make their thoughts on such matters known, especially when those opinions might antagonize other players in their arena.

However, Olsen has discouraged Bennett against making so many brash statements, painting every major sports star with the same brush and presuming that they are all collectively seating on the sidelines.

Olsen also thought it dangerous for people like Bennett to suggest that all the world’s misfortunes could be solved so easily if only their fellow athletes took a more active role socially.

Olsen has a foundation that seeks to help children that have been impacted by congenital heart diseases and disorders.

Panthers Fans: Bud Light Has Created A Can Just For You

Bud Light Panthers Can

With the football season set to kick off in only a few weeks, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is once again helping devout fans showcase their team pride by introducing all-new custom cans for its 27 NFL team partners, including ones for the Panthers!

The cans – which are available now through the 2016-17 NFL season – are draped in Panthers colors, feature its logo and will be brought to life through localized, signature sayings that every team’s fans will recognize and embrace.

The distinct packaging is part of Bud Light’s “Beer With Your Team On It” campaign, which will celebrate NFL fandom and passion for Bud Light throughout the season.

What do you think of the Bud Light Panthers can?

Panthers Agree to Extension with Safety Kurt Coleman

Kurt Coleman

The Panthers today announced they have inked safety Kurt Coleman to a three-year contract extension through the 2019 season.

Coleman led the Panthers and finished tied for third in the NFL with career-high seven interceptions in his first season in Carolina last year. He contributed to a team that ranked sixth in the NFL in total defense and led the NFL in interceptions (24), takeaways (39) and points off turnovers (148).

The 28-year-old Coleman finished third on the team with 103 tackles. Financial details were not released Wednesday.

Coleman called the contract a blessing, saying ”when you go through situations you want what’s best for your family and what’s best for the team, and I’m really excited. I’m fortunate to be a part of this team for three more years.”

Video: Panthers CB Norman Responds to Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr .

Josh Norman

Brent Stover and Brendan Haywood discuss Josh Norman responding to Odell Beckham Jr.

Panthers Agree to Terms with CB Leonard Johnson

The Panthers have signed Leonard Johnson, a cornerback with significant starting experience in the NFC South, to a one-year contract, Bryan Strickland of Panthers.com reports.

To make room on the 90-man roster, the Panthers waived cornerback Shaq Richardson, a fifth-round draft choice by the Steelers in 2014 who has yet to appear in a regular season game.

Johnson went undrafted out of Iowa State in 2012 but was signed by the Buccaneers and carved out a role for three seasons as a nickel cornerback, which is an unsettled position for the Panthers entering training camp. He played in 48 games with 17 starts for Tampa Bay from 2012-14, totaling 139 tackles, five interceptions and 20 passes defensed.

Taking A Look Into the Draft Class

  •  Vernon Butler

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“Dude throws the hammer down.” And we all know how D. Gettlemen loves his hog mollies.

Butler is the definition of one. With the size and strength to compete in the NFL for years to come, he is a true run-stopper who fills holes and penetrates at the line.

 

He has a good sense of awareness to finding the ball and once he’s there he can stop players in their tracks—throwing the hammer down.

 

Butler “cleans up.”

 

He’s a force to be wreckened with, with almost any O-Lineman.

 

  • James Bradberry

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Considering that Bradberry will wear J No’s #24, there is also another intriguing similarity, in that Bradberry has good vision, watching the QB’s eyes, which Norman also did well.

Has good hands and has a knack for the football. He puts himself in good position to disrupt the play.

 

He’s got good speed and size for a corner.

 

He plays physical at the line and sticks with his assignment.

 

 

He’s in good hands with the Panthers DB coaches as they work with his skill set and all-around approach to the game.

 

  • Daryl Worley

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Plays instinctive football. He has a certain knowledge to his position, which can undermine routes and disrupt the QB.

 

Has good hands and a knack for the football. Will come in handy for a group known as “Thieves Ave.”

 

He plays physical and tackles well.

 

  • Zack Sanchez

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Is quick and has the right approach that you look for in the nickel position.

 

Sanchez also plays physical—the style that Panthers want from their CB’s.

 

Sanchez has good ball skills and when out in the open can make opposing teams pay by going the distance if given a chance.

 

He’s a competitor who can also be used in a blitz package.

 

Many commentators have said that Sanchez was the steal in this year’s draft.

 

AND Sanchez likes to Dab.

 

Sanchez looks to improve his catching skills, which will make him more of a threat.

 

Beau Sandland

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Has tremendous upside. For one reason, being able to work with TE Greg Olsen.

 

Beau has good hands and good size at his position, as with Olsen.

 

Sandland puts himself in position to snag the ball, as with Olsen.

 

He also manages to find the holes in coverage’s, as does Olsen.

 

He’s got decent speed and can manage to slip past the secondary, as does Olsen.

 

With Olsen by Sandland’s side—look out.

 

Jeremy Cash

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How fortunate were the Panthers to get Cash?

 

Sure they want to beef up Cash a little bit for playing the LB position.

 

But this guy has a nose for the football and plays physical.

 

He’s very smart, attending Duke, and that is what the Panthers want out of the LB position.

 

He gets to the ball in a hurry.

 

He’s a disrupter.

 

Add on the pounds and watch this guy fly around the field.

 

He’s in good company with the rest of the LB core.

 

  •  Keyarris Garrett

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Many were shocked why this WR went undrafted, but fortunately for the Panthers, with the help of their tremendous work done by the scouts, he found his way to the Carolina’s.

 

He’s a go-getter when it comes to snatching the football.

 

Creating mis-matches for many corners.

 

He has decent speed and keeps his eye on the football.

 

He’s competitive at the line, allowing him to break away and create plays.

 

He finds his home in the end-zone.

 

He’s able to break tackles and slip away from coverage’s.

 

He probably received most of his notoriety from the emphasis “hail-marry play” where he tracked and came down with the football winning the game.

 

This guy is a snagger; we’ll see how he adjusts to Cam’s fastball.

 

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