By John Leonard
It was interpreted to be a sexist comment on Newton’s part. Consequences for his (perceived) politically incorrect remark were swift and severe — Newton lost a lucrative endorsement deal with Dannon Yogurt.
However, that isn’t the most offensive public comment that Cam Newton has made lately, not by a long shot. He recently described Colin Kaepernick as a “legend” who has made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of social justice.
Really? Usually when someone uses the phrase “ultimate sacrifice”, they are referring to a hero from the military or a law enforcement officer who literally has died in service of our country — all these brave men and women had, as well as everything they would ever have. Their entire future. They aren’t talking about a multi-millionaire trying to draw attention to the fact he walked off the job after losing his job as the starting quarterback, who turned himself into a public spectacle by kneeling during the national anthem while promoting radical liberal causes hyped with lies and deceit.
Cam Newton is a very talented athlete who is actively involved in community service and seems to be a genuinely nice person. I can both understand and forgive the first mistake he made. My wife was a cheerleader, so she never watched the games, and quite frankly, I’d be shocked if she knew the difference between a fly route, a fade, and a post pattern.
On the other hand, it isn’t her job to know because she’s a senior manager of IT professionals for a large corporation, not a sports reporter. So in my opinion, the first misstatement was inappropriate, but not inexcusable.
Describing Colin Kaepernick’s theatrics as making the ultimate sacrifice is incredibly offensive, and there is no excuse for it. He didn’t die; he quit his job.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a legend. Rosa Parks was a legend.
Colin Kaepernick is nothing but an average to mediocre football player and an attention-seeking clown who doesn’t deserve any of Cam Newton’s respect.
He deserves nothing but contempt.