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Does Cam Newton deserve an apology?

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08:02 AM ET 12.28 | Cam Newton suffered some harsh personal assessments in the run-up to the 2011 NFL draft. Fake smile. Selfish. The next JaMarcus Russell. The slighting of Cam Newton going into the N.F.L. draft last April was anything but slight. ... But the Panthers say Newton's work habits, which were questioned before the draft, help explain why he has put up such impressive statistics. Despite missing off-season training and minicamps because of the lockout, Newton has spent countless hours in film sessions preparing for each game, coaches and teammates say. [Said Derek Anderson:] "I think the whole entire thing stems from his want-to and his ability to work and study."

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December 28, 2011  08:14 AM ET

JaMarcus Russell he is not. He can't eat that much.

December 28, 2011  08:15 AM ET

He gets the last laugh, and ROY honors. I think he'll be good with that.

December 28, 2011  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

JaMarcus Russell he is not. He can't eat that much.

Could anyone?

December 28, 2011  08:15 AM ET

Even Russel lasted longer than one season. The Ryan Leaf of the NFC (Young) is still hanging around.

December 28, 2011  08:16 AM ET

Does he deserve an apology? From who? He was drafted #1 overall, he has absolutely nothing to complain about. He has proved the doubters wrong at this early juncture... Now he just needs to progress and extend that over a career.

December 28, 2011  08:22 AM ET

He's exactly what that ailing franchise needed.

December 28, 2011  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Does he deserve an apology? From who? He was drafted #1 overall, he has absolutely nothing to complain about. He has proved the doubters wrong at this early juncture... Now he just needs to progress and extend that over a career.

This.

December 28, 2011  08:30 AM ET

Wasn't Sanchize the great savior for the Jest after his 1st year... how's that working out lately... moral of the story - one year does not a career make.

December 28, 2011  08:31 AM ET

Wasn't Sanchize the great savior for the Jest after his 1st year... how's that working out lately... moral of the story - one year does not a career make.

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December 28, 2011  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Wasn't Sanchize the great savior for the Jest after his 1st year... how's that working out lately... moral of the story - one year does not a career make.

So was Sam Bradford after his stellar rookie season.

December 28, 2011  08:39 AM ET

Sports reporters are athlete hating, self important pompous failed athletes (themselves). They won't ever apologize. If you EVER get something related to an apology it'll either be backhanded, or they'll say something like: "Our criticism is what drove xxx to work hard to prove everyone wrong!". Look at how they run down athletes and then get mad when they lose their access. Their sense of self entitlement is astounding.

December 28, 2011  08:44 AM ET

The pointless issue of an apology is merely due to race. I have yet to hear Newton ask for one personally

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December 28, 2011  08:48 AM ET

He's keeping his mouth shut and letting his performance on the field do all of his talking for him.

Well done, Mr. Newton. Well done indeed.

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December 28, 2011  08:52 AM ET

He has 22,000,000 reasons for not caring about an apology.

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December 28, 2011  08:53 AM ET

They are still 6-9, and going to be 6-10 after they lose to New Orleans. Exactly how does that make people have to take anything back?

 
December 28, 2011  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Well said. He got drafted - has played well - and it's not like the talking heads haven't gotten it wrong before....

Morning Lou.

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