Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Warren Moon does not feel as though Cam Newton is being treated with the respect he deserves. The Carolina Panthers are off to a disappointing 1-5 start this season, and Newton has not handled it well. The rough start hit its low point for Newton personally when he gave an overly dramatic postgame press conference after losing to the Cowboys last Sunday, during which he called a female reporter “sweetheart.” While Moon admits the criticism of Newton’s demeanor has been warranted, he said he believes race has played a role. “I think a lot of this is because so many people want to say ‘I told you so’ about him, but couldn’t because he was so good last year,” Moon told Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports. “I think people are overreacting. How can he be a bust? He just had one of the great years a rookie has ever had, and now he can’t play? Come on. “I don’t understand it. I heard somebody compare him to Vince Young. It’s the same old crap – it’s always a comparison of one black to another black. I get tired of it. I get tired of defending it.” Just because “somebody” compared him to Vince Young doesn’t mean it is an issue of race. But just in case, Moon offered up a white guy that we should compare Newton to instead. “If you want to compare him to someone because of his demeanor, compare him to Jay Cutler,” the Hall of Fame quarterback said. “There are a lot of guys who whine and moan. Cam’s not biting anybody’s head off or pushing his linemen. He’s just disgruntled, and not handling losing well, because, think about it, he basically didn’t lose in college. “I don’t think Cam’s as bad as Cutler, because Cutler looks like he doesn’t give a damn sometimes, or he’s yelling and cussing at someone. Cam, he just looks down when they’re losing.” That’s just it. Newton looks like an emotional trainwreck in some of his interviews and reportedly held up the Panthers team bus earlier this year because he was sulking over a loss. Either he’s putting on an act, or his emotional state is very fragile. Back in 2008, Young’s own mother told the public that her son was “hurting inside and out” and asked fans for support. Perhaps that is where the comparison that Moon heard stemmed from. I’m not saying race is a complete nonfactor in any and all criticism of Newton, because that’s simply not the way the world works. However, Moon has been playing this card since Newton’s character was attacked in Pro Football Weekly’s Draft Review last year. Very few people are denying that Newton is tremendously talented. He has simply failed to carry himself like a leader this season. Helmet knock to Pro Football Talk

22 Comments:
  • Compare him to whoever you want to compare him to, Warren, the fact that he is black has nothing to do with the criticism/lack of respect Cam is getting. He is simply doing a poor job of leading his team, nor playing as well as a QB should...and then he acts like a little brat when his team loses. When he was winning at at Auburn and had awesome stats last season with the Panthers, he loved all that positive attention he got. Now he and his team suck and people aren't happy with Cam or the rest of the team...and he is not getting as much positive attention he has gotten the past 2 years. Tough. He needs to do his job correctly, or deal with the criticism. Period. Don't throw the race card in there for him.
  • My lack of respect began when he played at Auburn for a great deal of money. If anyone really believes he didn't know what his father was doing,he/she is incredibly naive. However, he's a front-runner. When things get tough, he disappears. He has come to the place his character has taken him. Simple as that.
  • Are you kidding me?! You know, I used to be SUCH a big fan of Warren Moon's, but he just keeps sticking his big foot in his ridiculous mouth with this kind of weak crap over and over.

    Hey Warren, NO ONE CARES what color you or Cam Newton are! Bottom line: If you are awesome (ON AND OFF THE FIELD/COURT), sports fans of all races will root for you and become your loyal fans. HOWEVER, if are you erratic, inconsistent, substandard, and/or have problems off the field, sports fans will begin to question your abilities and your effectiveness as a member of their favorite team. Get used to it. It's part of the team/fan relationship. (In YOUR case, however, if you continually insult them and call them names such as "racist" they will turn on you for having a weak, hateful attitude.)

    To overlook the obvious (that the player HIMSELF is not performing up to the standards of the position or the expectations of his fans/teammates) and to then cast false aspersions (such as racism) onto the hearts of sports FANS is WEAK AND RIDICULOUS! It's offensive as h3ll! It's a cheap excuse, and I think most sports fans are already WAY past sick-and-tired of hearing it. Put the race card back in the deck, Warren. The rest of us are playing a different game.

    And don't forget, Warren, that those same so-called "racist" fans who (rightfully) criticize people like Cam Newton FOR HIS PERFORMANCE and behavior (not his race), are the SAME ONES who faithfully follow African-American stars in ALL OTHER SPORTS (and in music--and in movies--and in politics)! The difference, Warren? THOSE athletes are PERFORMING in their roles on their respective teams! How in the H3LL could it be about Cam's race, in the heart of any sports fan who has also been a faithful follower of other team leaders such as (the universally revered) Michael Jordan, or (the beloved) Magic Johnson, or (the inimitable) Shaquille O'neal, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, or ("clutch") Kobe Bryant, or Kevin Durant, or Karl Malone, or LeBron James, or Paul Pierce, et al. (Or Warren Moon?) How could sports fans supposedly criticize Cam Newton simply "because of his race," while (literally) adoring and faithfully following the careers (and spending so much of their hard-earned money on) so many other African-American sports leaders and players? It's simple, Warren. It has NOTHING to do with his race. It's his performance and his behavior. PERIOD.

    WEAK Warren. Very, very WEAK! So much for your analytical skills. I must say that my once great respect for you has diminished having read this article about your LAME, poorly-thought-out, DISRESPECTFUL opinions. There was a time when I would have listed YOU in the previous paragraph (without the parentheses). I'm not so sure now...

    Warren, the only NFL game I went to in my life was to see you play against the Dolphins. Now I want my money back. Good grief...
  • There is alway "race" in every interaction, HOWEVER, I just don't it how it applies here. I agree with aagreen59. Warren I always was glad for your success, now you might want to reflect on your own inner experience, and discover what makes
    you want to play the race card? Warren you are a Hall of Famer, so you now have a responsibility to act like one. If you do,
    I am sure you will regain your place, where you belong.
    Gbwy,'Wolfman2
  • So why aren't they comparing him to those two QBs? I think that is all he is saying with that comment. Don't get me wrong I don't like it when the race card is played, but why not compare him to a white QB? What is going to happen if RG3 disappears next year? Will they compare him to Jay or Cam? Just questions.
  • Jay Cutler did receive the exact same criticism early in his career. The difference is when you consistently put W's on the board, the criticism will change.
  • Lost all respect for Cam @ Auburn . Always a race card has to be played.We dont need to go down that road.
  • Please Warren... Sounds like you want us to treat him "differently" because he IS black. In the NFL people don't really give anyone much love until they win the Super Bowl and even in those cases (Eli Manning) they still call him "Rain Man" and talk trash. Newton is playing bad and in this league you don't get a FREE PASS for too long. Sanchez, Joe Flacco, Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, Eli even after he won the first super bowl, almost every quarterback outside of peyton manning and tom brady gets trashed when they have a bad game.Tired of hearing about this race thing. Good quarterbacks are praised (RG3 right now is getting much love) and bad ones get trashed. No race involved.
  • Another thing that race played a part in was putting Moon in the NFL Hall Of Fame. Outstanding numbers from the inferior Canadian League should not have been used to fatten up his overall "Professional" statistics. He was one of the worst QB's when it came to bringing a team back from a deficit and had perpetual "happy feet". He NEVER did well when the game was on the line. Yes, he was voted in because he is black, NOT because he belongs in the same club as Joe Montana.
  • Ah Warren, so sad to see you use race as an excuse. Cam Newton is very talented and not having the season every fan expected. Everybody has a slump (even you did) but to get as low as you did in this article is unforgivable. I don't see any other washed up white player saying that Romo is only getting verbally abused by the media because he is white. No, pretty much, Romo is getting abused because he hasn't brought game to the playing field. Give the race card a rest, the only folks keeping race an issue, in all venues of life, are the ones that use the race card.
  • Criticize a black QB you're a racist. Criticize a black president you're a racist. When will this BS end? Black people need to stop using their color for a crutch in failures in their lives. Stop using the term racist for everything. It only waters down true racism that may occur in today's world.
  • "It only waters down true racism that may occur in today's world."

    One of the best comments made so far, JohnnyB29. If charges of racism are to matter, and they should, then all these weak, FALSE charges need to stop.
  • I remember when Cam Newton signed with Panthers, my 26-year-old who is an prominent athlete said that he made the wrong decision to have so much potential and to have signed to a Charlotte team, because the area is so controlled and bias to African Amer. athletes, just Afr. Amer. as a whole. Case and point, Michael Jordan, King of Basketball, King of NC sports and the hell he went through just to become owner of the Bobcats. The City of Charlotte won't even support the Bobcat like they did the Hornets. "George Shinns" Hornets had a horrible record, but they were highly publicized by the local media, and passionately embraced by the public. I am a Charlottean, been here all my life, and my opinion is that this state does not embrace African Amer. atheletes. NC particularly Charlotte has become a even more racist city. As a mother and trainner to a athlete, my heart goes out to Cam and I pray that all things will work out for him for his good.
  • Charlotte is a racist City? They ran George Shin OUT of Charlotte, they tried to embrace the Bobcats but they are terrible, they were run poorly from the beginning, and even Michael does not attend half the games. Charlotte is a melting pot and a fine example af the New South, Your ridiculous self-serving statements are a very thin veil of the very things people are talking about here, the diminishing of actual racism. I did not want Cam here because I am originally from Oregon, a DUCK, and I was suspicious of his antics at previous teams...but we Panther fans LOVE Cam, I did not see the interview because I was heartbroken, in the parking lot, after being berated by Cowgirl fans all night. I did not blame Cam, I HATE TO LOSE TOO! We are with him, he just needs to relax and keep growing up. You need to hit I77-North lady.
  • What a stupid statement!!! ,been to Charlotte many times, know blacks who love the area. Get over it, When blacks fail ,it is because they fail as atheles not just because they are black, same as whites Playing the race card makes you look like a fool
  • Racist? Racist? I mean really.....even Black reporters are against Cam's words at the press conference. Anyone that says that people are against him because he is black, is a racist themselves. Yup, Warren Moon is a racist.

    ~A Black Observer
  • To Warren: Listen, sweetheart just STFU already before you look like a bigger buffoon.
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