Cam Newton recently showed the media how he handles scrutiny after people bash him for his outspoken personality. The Carolina Panthers quarterback explained that he is able to deal with the hate by focusing on the things he loves. Newton played host to the NFL Network on Tuesday and said that he loves to play football, the Carolina Panthers, and his fans. “I’m not going anywhere,” Newton said. “I love this game and I love learning from my teammates.”
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been a target of constant criticism over his more eccentric habits, from his style of dress to his on-field antics. And lest we forget, he’s had the chance to develop a rivalry with arguably the most popular and outspoken athlete in all of sports: Aaron Rodgers. So, what does the man behind the Superman celebration say about haters, and what exactly does he mean when he says he “hates his guts”?Unfortunately, professional athletes will never be universally loved and respected. New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton learned that lesson years ago.
Newton is entering his 11th season in the NFL, and in that time he has had to deal with boos and jeers more than once. How does the former NFL player deal with trolls and haters? In short, it’s both brilliant and simple.
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton does his best to ignore haters and trolls | John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Newton has seen it all since he took the field at the University of Florida as Tim Tebow’s backup. Fans and social media users will cite his legal problems, media incidents and worst games of his career to bring him down.
But Superman is invulnerable to bullets, and the quarterback who personifies the Man of Steel every time he scores a touchdown wants to do the same.
Outkick recently transcribed Newton’s comments in a question-and-answer session on Instagram. The veteran quarterback says he sees the negativity, but does his best not to acknowledge it.
If hate is not my goal, I don’t feed it. I feed on him, but I don’t feed on him. Those are two different things. When I feel hate or dwell on it, a product comes out: Anger, rage.
Newton explained how he uses what people say or write about him as motivation, without letting it consume him.
I don’t worry about what the person might say, what they might say, I just use it to my advantage and serve on what I want to feel, Newton said.
Newton can’t and shouldn’t respond to every Twitter user who says he doesn’t belong in the NFL or is past his prime. But when it happens in person, of course the circumstances change.
A video circulated on social media showing Jset Owens, receiver and halfback at Perkiomen Valley High School in Pennsylvania, collapsing during a 7-on-7 scrimmage at Newton in February. Owens called Newton a jerk and blamed the former Pro Bowl quarterback for becoming a free agent. Newton replied: I’m rich, and then asked to speak to Owens’ father.
Newton then shared a video of the entire conversation with Owens. The former NFL MVP explained on Instagram why he wanted to take advantage of the incident to mentor a young player instead of pouncing on him.
People want to see me argue with another young man, fight. But the truth is this: I influence children’s lives in a positive way. Don’t get your hopes up. I let the kids know that there is a way out, to use their football skills to take them to the next level and in most cases to get them off welfare!
Owens later apologized on Twitter and attributed his behavior to a major misunderstanding.
As Taylor Swift once said: Haters will hate. Whether it’s his playing ability or his opinion of him as a person, people who don’t like Newton will still support him.
Maybe Newton agrees, but you can’t blame him for wanting to temporarily satisfy the skeptics and critics this fall. He hopes to rebound from a disappointing 2020 season with the New England Patriots, where he threw just 8 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 15 games as a starter.
The Patriots used the 15th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft for Alabama quarterback Mack Jones. The two are expected to compete for the starting quarterback in training camp.
Newton was voted to the Pro Bowl three times, won the NFL MVP award and made millions of dollars. Even if he loses the quarterback battle and his opponents make fun of him, don’t expect Newton to pay too much attention to them. He has the charisma and confidence of a man who has long since stopped letting these people define his life.
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