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#1 PantherWhiskers



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Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:06 PM

I have been lurking around the forums here for some time and didn't post mainly due to noticing the reactions some people have towards others. Lately I have become offended by so many posters here automatically making racist remarks towards others, while acting racist themselves and making generic racist remarks, such as "whitey being whitey" while using the race card towards anyone that has valid criticism towards Cam Newton. So I figured I should speak my mind and say please do not act like you are not racist yourself because some posters here reek of it.

I was glad to see today at least one black journalist taking some responsibility and pointing out the glaring issue with some of the Cam Newton supporters, like Warren Moon which has been mimicked by plenty of Cam Newton fans, and I believe a lot of people on here should take the time to read this.

You are not doing anyone, including Cam Newton, any favors by constantly attacking anyone that has valid and concerning criticism to say about him. Shielding him from any and all sort of criticism, yes even if you believe it comes from a racist, is only going to coddle him and send the wrong message. The message that everything he is doing is perfectly acceptable and excused due to being young, that very little is his fault, and anything else is simply due to racism.

Black sports fans and black pop-culture media (not sports media) have created a loosely-formed-but-influential social-media and talk-radio information bubble for black QBs. This network of groupthink roars on sports-talk radio, black-owned radio stations, Facebook and Twitter, pumping out the message that Newton, Griffin and others can do no wrong and any criticism of them is rooted in racism. Fear of backlash from this network of well-intentioned enablers causes many mainstream sports analysts (media and fans of all colors) to avoid being totally honest about black QBs.

That’s how a career-killing, information bubble is formed.

White QBs don’t have to deal with this. In Kansas City, a group of fans paid for a banner to be flown over Arrowhead Stadium that called for owner Clark Hunt to bench Matt Cassel. Kansas City’s backup quarterback is Brady Quinn, the Cleveland bust. He’s not a solution. But he was named the starter on Monday.

Imagine the uproar if Eagles fans took similar action against turnover-machine Michael Vick? There would be riots in the streets. Philly fans would be labeled racist.

Information bubbles are destructive, whether in politics or sports.

Cam Newton is being ruined. In the aftermath of Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys, Newton, once again, handled the postgame news conference horribly. He not-so-subtly criticized his coaching staff. He flippantly quipped that he wanted to bring a suggestion box into the news conference. He condescendingly called a female reporter “sweetheart.”

He sounded like a crybaby and a loser. The black information bubble immediately leaped to Cam’s defense, claiming Cam’s critique of the offensive strategy was accurate.

The accuracy of his complaints is irrelevant. A quarterback is in partnership with his head coach and offensive coordinator. Their disagreements and criticisms should be handled internally and not referenced at a news conference by the QB.


If the only excuse for Cam Newton's perfomance on the field as well as his behavior and composure during public press conferense is that he is young and immature, then perhaps he is too young and immature to lead a football team of grown men and handle the national media.

#2 The_Mango55


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Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:07 PM

I don't understand Whitlock's argument. Any cries of racism against the media (if there in fact are any) about their treatment of Cam have clearly been unheeded, because he's been trashed from pretty much all sides.

His statment about Matt Cassel and the flying billboard is totally irrelevant because it was the FANS that did that, specifically Chiefs fans, not the media. The Chiefs fans were extremely tired of Cassel so they voiced their displeasure with a flying billboard. The vast majority of Panthers fans do not have a problem with Newton (and certainly don't want him benched for Anderson or Clausen), like many in the media seem to, and so you wouldn't see that.

There's a very big disconnect between how the media treats Cam and how they treat his peers. Some of it might be because he's black, or because of the Auburn stuff, and some of it probably has to do with being the #1 pick. If Christian Ponder or Blaine Gabbert or Ryan Tannehill play well, then it's "Hey how bout that Ponder/Gabbert/Tannehill!" but when they start playing poorly nobody even mentions them, because hey, who the hell is Blaine Gabbert?

Also, Big Ben criticized Todd Haley's offense BEFORE his game this week, and it was barely mentioned

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:09 PM

this is your first f*cking post?

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:10 PM

Is Whitlock really going to call everyone else racist...?

#5 Guest_Super_Freak_*


Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:16 PM

Big Ben has earned the right to call out his OC or HC even.

#6 Hugor Hill

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:16 PM

I heard Rush Limbaugh mention this while I was driving thru G'boro today, i thought this was his rhetoric.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:16 PM


throw this poo in the tinderbox, please.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:17 PM

Welcome to the Huddle PanthersWhiskers!

When will you be leaving?

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:18 PM

Big Ben has earned the right to call out his OC or HC even.

You speak of what Big Ben has "earned", but what has Chud done to earn being above criticism?

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:20 PM

Cam needed to criticize the coaching staff so that the national media could become more aware that this is our #1 problem at the moment (because apparently all the talking-heads do is look at his stat line and watch his press conference). I believe that the biggest critics and detractors of the Panthers on Monday don't even watch the Panthers play on Sunday.

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