Enough With the Cam Newton Witch Hunt

Another day, another speciously sourced “report” that there’s some smoking gun, some damning evidence out there that Cam Newton was involved in his father’s ham handed attempt to trade his enrollment for cash.  When does this get to the saturation point?  When are people finally just going to sit back and call B.S. on all of these new reports?  If you ask me, that day can’t come soon enough.  The whole story is tired, there’s no new information, and the whole saga brings out the very worst of everyone: lazy journalists, message board crazies, and moral crusaders.

This “update” comes to us courtesy of National Football Post, who at least has the common decency to be skeptical about a “college football speaker” claiming that tapes exist proving Cam Newton knew his father solicited money from Mississippi State.  As if Scott Moore‘s allegation that Cam was a willing participant wasn’t enough, we have a whole new unfounded claim: Tennessee was in on the bidding!  Enough already.  This Scott Moore is no more credible than any message board poster over at Tiger Droppings.

One of my favorite ongoing memes in this whole saga is the comparison to Reggie Bush.  People love to point out that the NCAA didn’t act on the USC program until years later.  That’s not because no wrongdoing had been found or proven until years later.  It just took Yahoo! that long to shame the NCAA into finally acting on information everybody knew for years.  There is very little, if any, parallel to Cam Newton.  Everybody and their cousin has been researching, investigating, and digging into Cecil Newton, his church, his son’s trucking company, and all aspects of the Newtons’ lives.  As of yet, nobody has been able to produce any solid evidence that A) Cam Newton knew about his father’s attempt to obtain money in exchange for his enrollment, or B) Cecil Newton did, in fact receive any money.  There has been no evidence whatsoever.  None.  Zero.

To be honest, I’m tired of writing about this, tired of hearing about it, tired of thinking about it, and most of all, tired of hearing the righteous indignation of everyone that has an ax to grind or cause to promote.  Enough is enough.  Unless and until you’ve got something definitive, something that proves additional wrongdoing beyond a shadow of a doubt, just shut your mouth, and keep it to yourself.  This has become the theater of the absurd.

  • ParrishWalton

    I agree that this is getting annoying. However, if there is a story here and some reporter breaks it, that’s a career maker. Busting a Heisman/Natty champ winner for getting paid is an enticing fish. That’s why it won’t go away.

  • ParrishWalton

    To be honest, I’m tired of writing about this, tired of hearing about it, tired of thinking about it

    Probably because you’re an Auburn fan

  • http://www.oreadboomkings.fantake.com Triston27

    Biggest story in the history of ever. Or so I was told.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    Probably because you’re an Auburn fan

    coming from a Jaw’juh fan, that’s a definite shot across Lefty’s bow.

  • younglefty

    I wouldn’t say I’m an Auburn fan. I don’t dislike them, and I very nearly went to school there, but I don’t own any Auburn gear, and don’t have a shrine to Auburn Tammy in my house.

  • arkbadger

    I’m tired of it as well, but more along the lines of the small pieces of bullshit that they keep releasing. everyone wants a piece of the pie and they are going to do their best to get paid as much as possible. this whole story stinks to high heaven and even if/when the NCAA rules on it, I still don’t see the whole truth ever coming out. there is way to much he said/she said to filter through.

  • ParrishWalton

    I’m tired of it as well, but more along the lines of the small pieces of bullshit that they keep releasing. everyone wants a piece of the pie and they are going to do their best to get paid as much as possible. this whole story stinks to high heaven and even if/when the NCAA rules on it, I still don’t see the whole truth ever coming out. there is way to much he said/she said to filter through.

    Exactly. As angry as AUB fans get when people keep bringing this up, the rest of the CFB world cracks up when AUB fans act like nothing happened.

  • cabbage

    and don’t have a shrine to Auburn Tammy in my house

    That’s one classy woman. ;)

  • arkbadger

    Exactly. As angry as AUB fans get when people keep bringing this up, the rest of the CFB world cracks up when AUB fans act like nothing happened.

    it would be one thing if Auburn had a squeaky clean history to back anything up, but alas, they have one of the dirtiest histories of cheating around. I don’t have a problem with Auburn at all, I actually have some friends down there, but like you said, the whole pleading ignorance thing is really starting to get to me.

  • Johnny

    I just go with my usual assumption that eventually something will come out and expose him and ignore it until it does

  • cycledan

    If you are the one so tired of it, then why write a post about it?
    My take is that Cam Newton should have been suspended just for the fact that his father solicited money from Miss St. I don’t give a shit whether we can prove Cam knew about the actions of his father or not or whether any money was actually paid out. When a player’s parent or guardian actively solicits payment from a college for his son/daughter, that is a huge violation right there. The NCAA is a bunch of spineless weasels who didn’t want to punish the top player on the top team last year – or does that make them smart?

    Given the fact that Cam is now out of college and in the pros, the story is over with. Personally, I think Cam Newton will be a successful QB in the NFL and would love to see him on the Jets or Giants.

  • BigD

    The thing is, in this day and age it’s not totally unlikely that some piece of damning evidence has been out there all along and we haven seen or hear it yet. Everyone wants a piece of the pie, so it is possible that someone has been shopping it around to the highest bidder without actually allowing them to inspect it for validity.

    Personally, I doubt there’s any recording – someone would have most definitely paid up for that by now. But I would not be surprised if five or ten years from now a “witness” suddenly appears to tell exactly what he or she saw, and implicate Newton.

  • younglefty

    If you are the one so tired of it, then why write a post about it?

    When the bossman emails a link, and says “Lefty?”, you don’t have a lot of options. I guess I’m the one that got appointed as “Cam Chronicler” here since breaking that story a few months ago, which was more luck than anything else.

  • http://www.thesportsbrewery.com bbryan

    I just go with my usual assumption that eventually something will come out and expose him and ignore it until it does

    I’m with Johnny on this one

  • arkbadger

    My take is that Cam Newton should have been suspended just for the fact that his father solicited money from Miss St. I don’t give a shit whether we can prove Cam knew about the actions of his father or not or whether any money was actually paid out. When a player’s parent or guardian actively solicits payment from a college for his son/daughter, that is a huge violation right there.

    has the NCAA or anyone actually addressed this? from what I can tell everything above is fact, I think Cecil even admitted as much, yet he continued to play on. I don’t even think Auburn fans deny this. doesn’t make sense to me.

  • younglefty

    has the NCAA or anyone actually addressed this? from what I can tell everything above is fact, I think Cecil even admitted as much, yet he continued to play on. I don’t even think Auburn fans deny this. doesn’t make sense to me.

    Auburn ruled him ineligible, and the NCAA reinstated him unconditionally.

  • arkbadger

    Auburn ruled him ineligible, and the NCAA reinstated him unconditionally.

    yeah I meant to include that. did the NCAA give any reason as to why he was reinstated?

  • younglefty

    did the NCAA give any reason as to why he was reinstated?

    It was apparently predicated on the fact that Cam had no knowledge that his father solicited money from Mississippi State.

  • arkbadger

    It was apparently predicated on the fact that Cam had no knowledge that his father solicited money from Mississippi State.

    that’s right, sorry for all the questions, there is so much shit in all this I keep forgetting half of it. I am still confused as to why it is ok to shop a player around if they don’t know about it. Tis the NCAA I guess…

  • http://www.thesportsbrewery.com bbryan

    It was apparently predicated on the fact that Cam had no knowledge that his father solicited money from Mississippi State.

    Does the NCAA rule differentiate between parent and player? I thought they considered a viotlation by the parent to be a violation by the student?

  • cycledan

    Does the NCAA rule differentiate between parent and player? I thought they considered a viotlation by the parent to be a violation by the student?

    To the best of my knowledge, they always have before and for good reason. Basically, a player can always use a parent to solicit the best deal and if something comes out in public then there is the “I had no idea” defense.

    I don’t buy that defense. If you are in captain of the ship, it is your responsibility to know what is going on. I don’t buy the I didn’t know defense from Enron, Athur Anderson, Madoff’s associates or anyone who can’t believe what their CFO agreed to. Tough. Ignorance of the law is not a defense.