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

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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.”


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One Response to “Cam Newton in GQ Talks Race, Topic of Being Called a ‘Black Quarterback’”

  1. Berdj Joseph Rassam says:

    Hopefully Cam has a better end to this season than he did last season.

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