You don’t really have to look very far to find opinions on Panthers QB Cam Newton ahead of Super Bowl 50. Everyone has one, and almost everyone wants to let everyone else know what that opinion is. Whether they support him — like Doug Williams — or don’t, like Brian Urlacher.
The latest legend to share his two cents on Newton is former Oilers, Vikings, Seahawks, and Chiefs quarterback Warren Moon. Moon recently stated that he regretted being so reserved during his time in the NFL, and he told FOX Sports that Newton told him those comments resonated with him.
“So it’s all my fault,” Moon said, referring to the “controversy” that has popped up around Newton’s celebration habits. “They can start hating me.”
Moon also said that he does not see Newton, like some do, as a selfish showboat.
“I talked to him about that a few weeks ago and I said, ‘I’m proud of the way you’re handling yourself. Stay humble.’ He’s been unbelievably humble,” Moon said, via FOX Sports. “You listen to his interviews, he talks about his teammates and team all the time. Yes, he does bring attention to himself, but it’s a celebration of him and his team. That is his personality; he’s a very outgoing, fun-loving guy.”
Moon, much like Williams and many others, feels that a good portion of the Newton criticism is racially motivated, but he also stated that he feels people are still stuck on things that happened in Newton’s past, such as his arrest for allegedly stealing a laptop in college as well as the allegations that his father demanded money in exchange for Cam’s enrollment.
“That’s the thing I don’t understand. How come they just can’t let it go?” Moon told FOX Sports. “If he hasn’t done anything (recently) that’s been against the law or anything that would cause negative publicity, isn’t out in the world doing something wrong except for just dancing after a touchdown, I mean what is the big deal? He’s worked toward maturity in the last five or six years he’s been in the league and has done positive things to erase a lot of that negative stuff from when he was 18, 19 years old. I just don’t know why people can’t let all of that stuff go.
“You’d think he raped like five pastors’ daughters over the last five years and he’s getting away with it the way people are talking about him.”
Moon also said that Super Bowl 50 might be the last chance for anti-Newton people to get in their barbs, because if Newton wins, they’ll have less ammo to use against him. “You know how many people are going to be rooting against him? It’s going to be unbelievable,” Moon said. “When he wins, there are going to be people that are going to be upset, but that might be what it takes to change them over.
“I can’t beat him, so I might as well join him.”