Cam Newton knows he has plenty of detractors outside the Carolinas. In fact, he might be more criticized than any other player in today’s NFL.
But why is the Panthers quarterback judged so harshly? Many of his critics might say it’s because of Newton’s in-game celebrations, including his Superman poses and dabbing.
Newton isn’t so sure. On Wednesday, he said part of the reason might have to do with race.
“I’m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people because they haven’t seen nothing they can compare me to,” he told reporters during his weekly media session at Bank of America Stadium.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he hoped that wasn’t the case, adding it would be “terrible” if race played a factor.