August 15th, 2016 13:27 EST
Cam Newton is Despised Because He's Gay, Not Because He's Black
"When Cam Newton said before Super Bowl 50, `I`m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people,` it opened the floodgates for the conversation about whether the intense, irrational dislike of Newton by some fans was related to his race.
Newton said it isn`t.
`It`s not racism,` Newton told GQ in a long feature story on him. `Everybody`s entitled to their own opinion.`
It`s a fascinating topic, because clearly some of the ridiculous backlash is racist. There`s a clear double standard for some people when it comes to the things Newton does on and off the field. But some of it would still happen if the confident, outspoken (and insanely talented) Newton was white. I`m not sure what the ratio is. I`m also not sure if Newton really believes it has nothing to do with his race, or he didn`t feel like creating a massive controversy through a national magazine profile of him"
Cam Newton is the most polarizing figure in the NFL, love him or hate him, we can`t stop talking about him.
Newton is spot on in his assessment that racism isn`t behind the intense hatred that`s focused on everything that he says or does. African American players are some of the most popular and beloved stars in the league. Black quarterbacks are no longer a novelty but ubiquitous in the NFL, and the ones that lead their teams to the playoffs are universally respected, with the notable exception of Newton.
When I`m at a sports bar and the Carolina Panthers are playing, I always hear insults hurled at their quarterback, but I have never heard anyone exclaim: There`s that nigger showboating again! But I`ve heard fans call him a "faggot" or a "coc*sucker" dozens of times.
Football fans can accept a black football player as a quarterback, but they aren`t quite ready to accept a gay as a quarterback, or even as a kicker.
Cam Newton is a still in the closet, but you would have to be blind and stupid not to discern that he is the gayest man ever to play football in the NFL.
Maybe if Newton came out of the closet, he might earn the respect and admiration of the fans. I will throw up if Cam waits until he`s retired to come out of the closet, and he`s hailed as a hero. Man up dude, come out of the closet now!
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