Cam, they might love you in War Eagle Nation, but some folks ain't too thrilled with your act.
"If you haven't seen it, Nolan Nawrocki tore into Cam Newton in the Pro Football Weekly Draft Preview. Some NFL reporters are saying it's the most scathing review they've ever seen for a prospect in The Pro Football Weekly, which is a highly-respected publication that compiles comprehensive information about incoming rookies.
Under negatives, Nawrocki writes: "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." Nawrocki wasn't done. "as an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law -- does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room."' [Source]
Ouch! I swear a black man can't "win for losing". If you don't smile you are angry, if you do smile, you are "disingenuous". Methinks this Nawrocki guy is a hater. (I hear he was actually a frustrated college player before he got into writing.) Anyway, now, as is to be expected in A-merry-ca, it has become a racial issue.
Warren Moon has weighed in on the subject, and if anyone has the right to talk about this subject it's Warren Moon. Folks, you remember Warren Moon, don't you? He is the guy with a cannon of an arm ---and the brains to match-- who broke all kinds of records at U Dub and led them to the 1978 Rose Bowl, but didn't get drafted in the NFL because of the color of his skin. He had to go North and play in Canada and had to win five straight Grey Cups before he could get a shot in the NFL. Now, as is to be expected, white folks are calling out Moon for playing the race card.
Nawrocki himself is getting all defensive. (As if he didn't want the attention) Now I don't know if Nawrocki is a racist, a hater, or both. But what I do know is how defensive some folks can get when the R charge is made.
"As long as people keep playing the race card for every little thing, racism will never go away."
"At least Moon left out the slavery issue. What a doofus. "
"Why do people try to make everything into a racial issue?" "
Nothing new here….you can never criticize a black player…if so you are obviously a racist. It is interesting that football can have a black coaches association…Congress has a Congressional Black Caucus…and there is a Miss Black America Beauty Pageant. Funny how that goes. Oh…and if you fire a black coach or manager…its oviously racially motivated."
An then, of course, Mr. Nawrocki himself had something else to say:
“I think it’s absurd,” Nawrocki said. “I mean, anybody that is familiar with the publication, you can go back and look at what was said about [Notre Dame quarterback] Jimmy Clausen. It was some of the same things. He came across as very scripted and disingenuous in interviews. . . . We treat every player the same. We’re just trying to get to the end result. . . . Evaluate the character and get the evaluation right. I think the best evaluators in the NFL are colorblind in their assessments, and we treat it the same way. We’re not trying to take shots at anybody. It’s all about getting the evaluations right.”
The content of their throwing arm not the color of their skin. Right Nolan?