The internet is all a flutter this morning over the comments made by former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. It seems Benjamin is now blaming Cam Newton for his own shortcomings as a receiver in Carolina.
“I should’ve just been drafted by somebody else. I should’ve never went to Carolina. Truly, I just think Carolina was bad for me,” Benjamin told The Athletic. “If you would’ve put me with any other quarterback, let’s be real, you know what I’m saying? Any other accurate quarterback like [Aaron] Rodgers or Eli Manning or Big Ben [Roethlisberger] — anybody! — quarterbacks with knowledge, that know how to place a ball and give you a better chance to catch the ball. It just felt like I wasn’t in that position.”
Then, true like a crappy soap opera rerun, former Carolina Panthers running back Deangelo Williams chimes in and piles on. Observe.
Hey bro I totally understand you! https://t.co/4KibePPIEK
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) August 4, 2018
Deangelo Williams has made very public his dislike for aspects within the Carolina Panthers organization and his disappointment surrounding things important to him. I really don’t want to rehash that, it isn’t relevant.
The common thread here between these players is the lack of introspection. The propensity to take ones own short comings and place blame elsewhere. They are looking out a window when they should be looking in a mirror.
In the case of Kelvin Benjamin, he was never really able to keep himself motivated. He needed others to constantly do that for him. If it was showing up for work overweight or just giving up on plays during a game, it was the inability to keep himself motivated that was his downfall. Perhaps now that he has been humbled and traded he has that ability. Time will tell.
I suspect with a little more maturity and life experience an older Kelvin Benjamin will reflect on his early career very differently. Hopefully he will see his early failures as any of us should, the fuel for which we improved ourselves. They aren’t things to hide or be ashamed of. Admit to them. Own them, and then show us all how you used them to better yourself.
As for Cam Newton, He is keeping things positive and moving forward.
Cam Newton's response to Kelvin Benjamin "All Love on this Side" pic.twitter.com/eZMWybOMVF
— Nathan Ray (@saca312) August 4, 2018
I am not so sure rookie Cam Newton would have taken this path. But Cam Newton the MVP, Cam Newton the father, Cam Newton the entrepreneur certainly did. Good on him. He has shown a good amount of growth on and off the field in his career.