Cam Newton had an excellent answer as to why he has become such a lightning rod in the NFL. Newton states that he is true to his roots and is who he is. He would never change the way he acts because it bothers someone. That should be the conversation ender for anyone with a brain. If you have a problem with Cam Newton that is on you, not Cam Newton. However, in my opinion, the media always just makes this conversation worse. A prime example of this is ESPN's First Take. Once in awhile they will have incredibly poignant conversations that are well worth the listen. Most of the time it devolves into something that has nothing to do with the original topic.
I was fearing that this would happen on the road to the Super Bowl. ESPN's First Take did it's usual shtick where they begin to talk about an issue like racism and ultimately it winds up with Stephen A Smith and Skip Bayless just complimenting each other for 5 minutes. I guess people find that entertaining and value the opinion of Bayless, a guy who has probably never exercised without a mirror in front of him.
Michael Smith of His and Hers on ESPN just made the best point of all on this whole Cam Newton "issue". He essentially stated that so much of the media is creating a story when discussing Cam Newton and racism. There are a ton of people out there that hate Cam Newton and there is no doubt that the underlying theme there is racism. Countless old, stuck in their ways white people absolutely despise Cam Newton because he dances and celebrates. However, if you don't pay attention to those folks, then the issue goes away.
There will always be racism in the world and there will always be people that hate Cam Newton. However, it seems like you actively have to seek those people out in order to piss yourself off and go on a rant about racism. Why is that? Most people that have an issue with Cam Newton have issues themselves. Why does the media keep highlighting them instead of focusing on the Super Bowl and how incredible Cam Newton has played this season? Is it just as simple as racism sells and generates clicks for your blog or article?
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