A ‘Moon’ Shot
Hall of famer Warren Moon is playing the 'race card' in his defense of Cam Newton. Moon told cbssports.com that he believes some of the criticism of former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is based in racism. Moon is Newton's adviser so he is emotionally invested. I would advise Warren Moon to shut his mouth. I'm sorry, when a team is potentially going to invest millions of dollars in a player they have the right to make any criticism or judgment they want. Based on everything that happened to Newton at Florida and then Auburn, teams have the right to be leery.
According to his draft profile in pro football weekly, Newton was described as "very disingenuous -- has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup. Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them." Newton alarmed some teams at the combine last month when he described himself as "not only as a football player, but an entertainer and icon."
Moon has also stated he is an adviser to the entire Newton family and not just Cameron. While I appreciate him coming to the defense of his young protege, playing the race card is an easy way to stir up emotions and get people scrambling. As a white male you can be branded anything but a racist. Of course racism still exists, but isn't it more realistic that NFL teams are taking everything into consideration to make the best possible evaluations. When millions of dollars are at stake for unproven players, I will always side with teams making any criticisms and judgments they see fit.