Is Auburn’s Cam Newton guilty? I say it’s a sCAM.

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Seemingly overnight, the charming college town of Auburn, Alabama, has grown one thousand alleged stories high, and is now the object of a nation’s perverted glare.

Standing atop the heap is Cam Newton, flexing a once-in-a-generation smile, even as the multitudes pelt college football’s best player with rocks and scum.

Sticks and stones may break his bones, but I doubt it. And words? It appears as though words don’t hurt him either.

The scum throwing began when one high-profile journalist laid fecal matter to paper, and happening to mold in the shape of print, the foul words have become fertilizer for more allegations regarding Newton, more gossip. And the public is biting on the rancid fruit.

Ah, humanity, you’ve shown another shameful side. Innocent before proven guilty? Not in this cruel country. Not with the masses serving collective jury duty. They say Newton is a cheat. They say Newton is a liar. They say where there’s smoke, there is usually a fire.

But, to date, there is no fire. Just a couple of old, rusty smoke machines.

As stained information cascades from the mouths of pundits, opposing team’s fans are using it as ammo for a cheap shot at the title. And despite no proof of wrongdoing, some sports analysts have said they will not vote Newton for Heisman. Instead, they will likely vote for Oregon’s LaMichael James. The same James accused of strangling his girlfriend earlier this year.

But this should be made clear: No one deserves that Heisman Trophy more than Newton. No team deserves that No. 1 ranking more than undefeated Auburn.

As a journalist, it was my goal, only yesterday, to get my foot in the door at ESPN … so I could strangle its slithering throat for dragging the names of Auburn, Newton and journalism through the slime peeled off the backs of secondhand sources and desperate reporters.

That’s how I felt before a friend reminded me what the first letter in ESPN stands for: “Entertainment.”

Newton continues to build his sand castle on the shores of the American conscious, despite repeated kicks from grownups acting as children. If they’d gotten the mentorship that Newton voluntarily gives to students weekly at an elementary school I used to attend, maybe then, they’d behave as adults.

He is the sort of rare athlete that blossoms less frequent than the Youtan Poluo flower.

He is the best player to ever grace the college football gridiron.

And according to the NCAA and FBI, he is innocent.

I’m not oblivious to the fact Newton could be found guilty of wrongdoing. But that time has not yet come, and likely, never will.

Seemingly overnight, the charming college town of Auburn, Alabama, has grown one thousand alleged stories high, and is now the object of a nation’s perverted glare.

But there’s Newton, atop the heap with his team and city on his back, staring at his accusers, and smiling.

Oh, how it must feel, to be an Auburn Tiger.

Photo by J. Glover.


  1. steve

    November 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    That is your oppinion and is about as worthless as mine!

  2. ba

    November 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    What a waste of space and time. Sometimes you just have to know when to hang it up and retire.

  3. Anonymous

    November 17, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    This guy writing is a clown, he dosen’t know what he is talking about, dumbass clown

  4. ...

    November 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Wow. sCAM? Really? How long did it take for you to come up with that one?

  5. thatsright12

    November 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Thank you for this! Cam is an incredible player and it is sad that his good attitude and skilled ways are being overlooked by everyone. Stop hating on someone who is bringing talent to the field every weekend. Appreciate you writing this piece! War Eagle!

  6. Johnny

    November 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    If the PAC10 gets to play an SEC team in football it will be the best bowl game. But if you listen to just the computers it’s obvious that Auburn has played a tougher schedule than Oregon. Why the sportwriters feel that auburn is second is based on “feelings”. What is that!! Why hate on the SEC because they win!! Cam Newton does not deserve what he has been getting regardless of the unnamed sources. You covered some points overlooked by others. LaMichael James prison record for one. Now this is not the choir boy award. What if the top five players are found to be dirty somehow? Then the sixth best player gets the Heisman?? John Heisman coached at Auburn and I think he would be proud of Cam!! WDE!!

  7. scam buster

    December 5, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Cam Newton was a liar, cheat and thief at Florida and is continuing his lying cheating ways at Auburn, His talent and success blinds Auburn fans to were they overlook his past history saying “Well he just made a mistake at Florida” and “You can’t hold that against him” just for the sake of the glory of a NC and Heisman trophy. More people loath him for his dishonesty and not for his success and the Auburn defenders may think. I’m not a Auburn hater, I’m just a liar cheat and thief hater and can see through the bull of the media and the lies of the people involved. If you think inmate Newton is telling the truth you are pretty blind and stupid. This little ghetto rat will resurface again in the NFL with more charges and drama in the future.

  8. scam buster

    December 5, 2010 at 7:53 am

    The real Question is Who will end up behind bars first..sCam Newton or LeMicheal (chokem) James

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