"He was a total ----hole," one AFC player said. "Who did he think he was? He acted like the big s---. Here he was at his first game and he acted like he was the star. Guys didn't like that."
Another player agreed, saying Newton's refusal to sign autographs for a player's child was selfish:
"Who the hell did he think they were?" said one player. "The only people around are families. He knew that. Yet he big-timed the guy by saying 'now's not the time.' Said another player: "It didn't matter who it was, he didn't care about anybody but himself."
Whatever Cam Newton did or said, he seemed un-phased by the critics. According CBS Sports when asked about the Pro Bowl hits, he said, "It is what it is," barely looking up from the stool in front of his locker.
IS Cam Newton a bit of a diva? Maybe. He's young and has notoriety, fame and fortune that may be too much to handle. I had the opportunity to meet and interview Newton before the draft at Super Bowl XLV, and I have to say I wasn't immediately impressed. Newton was reluctant to be interviewed, seemed annoyed that he had to answer questions and was slow to come to the media area. Most of the media was put off by his attitude, but he quickly pulled himself together and was witty and somewhat engaging.
If what I experienced is what other players are seeing everyday, I can understand their sentiments and criticisms. Football is a team sport and the brotherhood is taken very seriously.
And it seems karma is catching up with Newton. After an impressive rookie season, it seems his luck has turned. This season Newton can't seem to win a game if it was handed to him. He's challenged and frustrated and fans don't seem to care about what he did last year. In football, you're only as good as your last game.
Cam Newton may need to learn from this reality check and maybe eat a little humble pie.
What do you think?
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