Another Cam Newton allegation? Sorry, I’m still not swayed

Cam Newton while at Westlake High. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Cam Newton while at Westlake High. He was good then, too. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Another Cam Newton allegation has arisen, this one involving the quarterback himself. Citing an unnamed source, Thayer Evans of FoxSports.com reports that Newton was accused of cheating while enrolled at Florida.

The same Thayer Evans, it must be noted, had already passed judgment on Newton before his latest round of reporting. Wrote Evans last week: “Listen closely, Heisman voters: Do not vote for Newton.”

I no longer vote for the Heisman Trophy. (The AJC now precludes its writers from so doing.) But if I did, I’d have no problem casting a ballot for the Westlake grad.

Because even if he did cheat at Florida — he was also arrested there on three felony counts involving a stolen laptop — he’s not at Florida anymore. (The charges were dropped after Newton completed a pretrial diversion program.)  Even if former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond was approached by someone saying it would cost $180,000 to land Cam, as reported last week by ESPN.com, Newton didn’t go to Mississippi State.

He enrolled at Auburn. He plays for Auburn. Neither the school nor the NCAA has ruled him ineligible. This isn’t to say that both parties shouldn’t go back and investigate his recruitment; it’s simply to say that anyone who seriously believes a player should be forced to sit because a charge of recruiting impropriety surfaces that doesn’t involve either the player directly or his chosen school is, shall we say, naive.

(Think of it this way: Auburn plays Alabama the day after Thanksgiving. Auburn and Alabama are — stop the presses — serious rivals. What would prevent an Alabama fan from saying to some news outlet: “Know what? I offered Newton 10 zillion dollars to play for the Tide — somebody suspend that guy now!”)

Yes, naivete cuts both ways. We can be skeptical of Newton. Heck, we can be skeptical of college football writ large. (Ask Clemson fans if they ever wondered about the recruitment of the 1982 Heisman winner, a tailback from Wrightsville, Ga.) But Newton getting arrested at Florida and being accused of cheating there in no way proves there’s anything untoward about his presence at Auburn.

If something implicating Auburn does come to light, that’s a different matter. But we cannot make the Reggie Bush leap — Bush had to return his Heisman, so no future Heisman should go to someone who might have to hand it back — because, at last check, Cam Newton is not Reggie Bush. I mean, come on.

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405 comments Add your comment

Phil

November 9th, 2010
9:42 am

Bradley,
Did UGA recruit Newton? If not, why not? How did Richt let this kid get out of state?

todd grantham

November 9th, 2010
9:43 am

a negative is difficult to prove.

CBBrave

November 9th, 2010
9:46 am

@Phil, they couldn’t pay him enough. LOL

Sordid? You want sordid?

November 9th, 2010
9:47 am

No one at UGA has any right to throw stones, with their own arrest records and a roster full of rap sheets. And has everyone forgotten this little tidbit:

http://www.redandblack.com/2010/10/12/accusations-piling-up-for-running-back-king-tally-of-arrests-increasing/

RM

November 9th, 2010
9:48 am

I’m pretty sure that he wanted to go to a school that ran the spread offense.

Tiger Fan

November 9th, 2010
9:48 am

Well said, Mark ! Good old SEC football ! Let’s dig in the dirt ! Disgusting !

James

November 9th, 2010
9:50 am

I agree with you Mark but I think all of the allegatins will push him to leave early for the NFL.

Shay

November 9th, 2010
9:51 am

It’s not pretrial intervention. It’s pretrial diversion. learn your courtroom lingo!

Who cares

November 9th, 2010
9:51 am

He will be playing on Sunday next year.

Auburn worships a felon

November 9th, 2010
9:52 am

Sordid? You want sordid?

November 9th, 2010
9:47 am
No one at UGA has any right to throw stones, with their own arrest records and a roster full of rap sheets. And has everyone forgotten this little tidbit:

Yeah, those speeding tickets, broken tail lights and driving without a license are grounds to fill the jails.

Your boy Cam is a felon. Deal with it.

TDub

November 9th, 2010
9:53 am

I’m a Georgia fan/grad, and I think this is a witch hunt. It’s in the past. Leave the kid alone.

dawg fan

November 9th, 2010
9:53 am

he was recruited as a TE.

joe

November 9th, 2010
9:53 am

“No one at UGA has any right to throw stones, with their own arrest records and a roster full of rap sheets. And has everyone forgotten this little tidbit:”

Oh God, shut up you whiny little punk. Cam Newton is a thug, plain and simple. The kid has no character or decency. How many arrests UGA has had, is completely irrelevant.

As for Caleb King, he was cleared by the NCAA, is still playing, and has paid his ticket. I might add, he was only arrested for failure to show and nothing else.

WinderDogg

November 9th, 2010
9:53 am

Why would he go to the NFL…he just made $200,000 this year.

JD

November 9th, 2010
9:54 am

He did not fit the UGA offense that Bobo knows!!!! He would have sat behind Stafford since they knew he was so good that he would be a first round draft choice his junior year. Possibly even turned him into a Defensive End or another TE.

David Patton

November 9th, 2010
9:54 am

thanks for a voice of sanity in this matter.

WinderDogg

November 9th, 2010
9:54 am

Went to Cecil’s church on Sunday….they did not even pass the plate!

tim

November 9th, 2010
9:55 am

IF CAM WAS AT UGA, I CANNOT IMAGINE THE INSANITY THE AJC WOULD BE RIGHT NOW. THEY WOULD HAVE A SEPERATE WEBSITE DEDICATED TO THE ISSUE, THE ATL NEWS STATIONS WOULD HAVE NEWS CREWS IN ATHENS 24/7.

Phil

November 9th, 2010
9:55 am

Oh yea, was I supposed to say “First!” like all the other dumda$$es on here?? Who gives a rats a$$ who’s first anyway.

SE Dawg Fan

November 9th, 2010
9:55 am

You know if Newton were playing for UGA, you would be all over this story talking about how bad he is. I think this is just the beginning of a big story.

Sanford Drive

November 9th, 2010
9:55 am

WOW Bradley……

Let’s pretend ALL this stuff was going on, except there was a black G on his helmet as opposed to an AU……

you still “not cinvinced” this guy is a joke???

PMC

November 9th, 2010
9:56 am

Why don’t these “sources” man up and name themselves?

Ed

November 9th, 2010
9:56 am

Man. They are just dead-set on bringing this kid down. The laptop thing is embarrassing enough. Leave him alone already.

gsumike

November 9th, 2010
9:57 am

If Cam Newton was at UGA, he’d be revered as the second coming of Herschel Walker. How’s that perspective? Quit hating and concentrate on your own team getting a bowl game this year.

War Eagle 30082

November 9th, 2010
9:57 am

@Auburn worships a felon:

Dude, seriously. By definition, a felon is someone who has been convicted of a felony. He has not been convicted of a felony.

Cam is not a felon. Deal with it.

Rodney Garner

November 9th, 2010
9:57 am

We offered a scholarship to Newton in 2007. I was personally responsible for recruiting him…….

Dr. J

November 9th, 2010
9:57 am

Southern Cal has been on probation the most times, but hasn’t Auburn spent the most total time on probation?

PMC

November 9th, 2010
9:58 am

He wouldn’t have worked at UGA anyway…. obviously his talent’s aren’t only throwing bubble screens.

Old Dawg

November 9th, 2010
9:58 am

After church on Sunday I was told by a member of another school’s athletic board that Cam Newton once stole crayons from his pre-school’s art closet. He also knocked over a 1-year-old who was standing next to his sippy cup in daycare …several times

During lunch at Cracker Barrel, I overheard folks who knew Newton is middle school … said he often looked the other way when teammates stole things out of host school’s lockers during halftime. On the ride home, they would trade the stolen goods for Nike’s and Ipods. Paying for our lunch, some more folks were laughing at how much Newton looks like Al Capone, or is it Al Pacino’s scarface (does it make any difference), because the kid’s a real thug.

These flames just keep burnin’, don’t they?

WinderDogg

November 9th, 2010
10:00 am

Ed…he is a cheater stealing thug…that will cost Auburn more than the first $200,000….now put your orange sweater vest on…

david

November 9th, 2010
10:00 am

Suspend him for the rest of the year starting this saturday. They destroyed our season by suspending A.J. Greene. Ruin Auburn’s by suspending Cam. If we had AJ we win all 4 of those early games easily!

SimpleDawg

November 9th, 2010
10:01 am

I’d be interested in why UGA didn’t recruit Camzilla. Maybe there were legitimate reasons….maybe not. The evaluation and projection of high school players is difficult and tedious, but some people seem to be pretty consistent in their successful assessments……while others seem to miss on way too many players.

When a coach’s message gets stale and tired, the team ceases to perform to their capabilities…..UGA ?

A fresh new perspective and vision can make major improvements quickly…..Auburn, Miss State ?

You just do not see many rags to riches to rags, and back to riches stories anymore. Generally, there’s only one resurrection allowed per messiah.

We need a new Messiah.

South GA Dawg

November 9th, 2010
10:02 am

He is a thug and not wanted at UGA we have standards. That is why everyone else is scrambling to get Zac Mett. We cut him remember? Newton is a felon, a covicted felon? Not sure but he should not be allowed to play college ball.

MURPHY

November 9th, 2010
10:02 am

The picture attached to the article already shows how he will look in the NFL-as a Detroit Lion.Move over Stafford!

reebok

November 9th, 2010
10:03 am

I heard that Cam Netwon doesn’t signal when changing lanes. Probably best to sit the kid down while all this gets sorted out.

Sanford Drive

November 9th, 2010
10:04 am

Bradley…..

go look up (public records) in Alachua County Florida (you’re a journalist, you should know how to do this), and tell us what you think about the 13 (thirteen!!) traffic violations Cam Newton racked up while at Florida.

You FREAK OUT every time a UGA player has a run in with the traffic cops. So don’t be a hypocrite.

In fact, the 13 traffic violations haven’t even been reported yet!! Looks like i just threw you a bone!!!

Phil

November 9th, 2010
10:04 am

SimpleDawg,

I guess Florida could see the potential in Newton and that’s why they went after him. He was practically under Richt’s nose and he missed him.
Just like he let Eric Berry and Greg Reid get out of state. You have to snag the elite ones.

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Uhoh

November 9th, 2010
10:05 am

Full disclosure: Auburn grad, fan.

Wouldn’t surprise if any of this was true but I have a simple explanation that I don’t think has been offered. Back in my day if I ran afoul of the authorties or my grades were poor my dad (not a preacher) would have jerked my sorry butt out of that school.

Fat Alligator and the SEC Gang

November 9th, 2010
10:05 am

Leave the atha-letes alone. Every single SEC/ACC football program is loaded with players who barely read or write. They are all helped through, Cam just got caught. Most will be washing our cars or dealing drugs to our kids in a few years. So let’s no be to critical…

Reid Adair

November 9th, 2010
10:05 am

I agree, Mark. This latest allegation is nothing but an attempt by this unnamed “source” to pile on the bashing of Cam Newton. So what if he cheated? Students cheat in college; that’s a fact. It’s not unusual, and it’s not just athletes.

ATLDawg, ya dig?

November 9th, 2010
10:05 am

A lot of dirt being thrown around this morning. Some clarity – (1) we recruited Cam, but he obviously benefits from being in a run/pass system; (2) the world is full of sleazy folks trying to hustle money “on behalf” of atheletes. God knows how many folks have passed themselves off as representing a particular star athlete. I wouldn’t hold that against Newton; (3) whether Cam was going to be kicked out of Florida for cheating or stealing a laptop, the writing was on the wall, so he bolted. Once he’s gone, there’s no jurisdiction over him. He spent his year ’serving time’(i.e. mississippi jc) and is enjoying some redemption. I just don’t see the issue here. And i’m a dawg fan – I think Auburn is a one-man show and I know we’d have a better shot with him out – but just don’t see any justification for him being suspended.

Observer

November 9th, 2010
10:05 am

This is just typical SEC…jealous fans from AL, UGA, FL etc looking for some way to bring a kid down just because they know they can’t beat him. None of you on this blog know what he did or didn’t do but you are ready to believe any accusation. UGA fans especially seem to get satisfaction out of other teams having any misfortune, such as key players hurt, in trouble, etc. I guess it is a device to make them feel better about their crummy program.

Blind eye

November 9th, 2010
10:06 am

I love it. Sports writers are great- 70+ home runs- amazing. USC decade run- amazing. Michigan- basketball prominence- amazing. Calipari- churn and burn every 3 years- amazing. Cam Newton- turn the ol’ blind eye

WDE

November 9th, 2010
10:06 am

The only answer UGA fans have for Cammy Cam is to call for his immediate suspension. You are all trembling with fear with the atrocity that is about to happen to your defense this Saturday.

Phil

November 9th, 2010
10:06 am

South Ga Dawg,

I hope you were being sarcastic in saying we have standards. 11 arrests and assistant coaches giving the choke sign to opposing players is not very high standards.

South GA Dawg

November 9th, 2010
10:07 am

NCAA is a damn joke they sit AJ down for 4 games and let this thug play. They are plain old idiots.

Rap Sheet Blues (in the key of G)

November 9th, 2010
10:07 am

All of you UGAers get your heads out of the sand or wherever you have them stuck and start worrying about the number one problem with UGA. At the rate your athlete-thugs are being arrested, you’ll be lucky to have any football team by the end of the season.

UGA has made the state a laughingstock with its reputation as one big party school with copious job opportunities for bail bondsman, and decent people are fed up with this. Get rid of the illiterate, undisciplined drunks and felons that Mark Richt recruits, and get rid of Richt too. Even with these illiterate jerkoffs, he can’t even win the division, much less the SEC, so what’s the point.

So while you sit there in your delapidated single wide, deciding if the beer will last
until the next unemployment check comes in, think about this.

UGA, winner of the Fulmer/Richt Cup and known far and wide as The Cesspool of the South.

Auburn worships a felon

November 9th, 2010
10:08 am

reebok

November 9th, 2010
10:03 am
I heard that Cam Netwon doesn’t signal when changing lanes. Probably best to sit the kid down while all this gets sorted out.

Thats funny because I heard he was arrested for stealing laptops from someones dorm room. And “got off” because he didn’t mean to do it.

POOP SANDWICH

November 9th, 2010
10:09 am

anybody know John Bond? The former h s player out of Valdosta H S? You are insulting his integrity and character by trying to defend Newton’s. Typical of Barnhart and Bradley, why don’t either one of you pick up the phone and call the man then dig further after talking to him. Just because they cannot find any dirt around Auburn doesn’t mean it isn’t elsewhere. Can you imagine Furman Bisher saying just give the Heisman trophy back, it is no big deal? Coward sports writers without an ounce of characer or integrity of their own. SHAMEFUL