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Warren Moon Says Cam Newton a Victim of NFL Racism

Black quarterbacks have always experienced difficult journeys while reaching for stardom in the NFL. Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon believes that former Auburn University quarterback Cam Newton is the latest black play caller to face racism in the NFL.

During a recent interview with CBS Sports, Moon brought attention to Newton’s unfair treatment by the white media and some football fans.

“A lot of the criticism he’s receiving is unfortunate and racially based,” Moon said. “I thought we were all passed this. … He’s being held to different standards from white quarterbacks. I thought we were passed all this stuff about African American quarterbacks, but I guess we’re not.”

Football analyst Nolan Nawrocki blasted Newton in a recent draft preview by saying that Newton is “Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, merits makeup. Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that invites trouble … always will struggle to win a locker room.”

Nawrocki’s assessment of Newton was outlandish considering that Newton had enough poise, on and off the field, to lead Auburn to the national championship.

And it also appears that Nawrocki is taken back because Newton displays an overt form of confidence and is the antithesis of a submissive black athlete.

Moon will be criticized by some white-owned media outlets for injecting race into the discussion involving Newton. But Moon, who was forced to play for several years in Canada due to racist practices by NFL owners during the ’80s, knows that Newton’s skin color will be judged differently by NFL teams, the media and fans. –amir shaw


  1. Alg1052 on April 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Warren Moon is correct. I am sick and tired when Black people are accused of playing the race card when the statements are correct. White’s own the deck. They often make racial statements and hold Blacks to a higher level then claim they are not racial. I don’t think this country will ever completely grow out of it’s racist roots.

    • Joseph Mallory on April 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      this guy is an analyst. he was giving his assessment/opinion. not meaning to make light of what moon had to go through, but that is not the case anymore.

      michael vick and donovan mcnab have been playing for how long now? neither have won a superbowl; is that because they are black? i understand that there are more white quarterbacks in the nfl than there are blacks. is that because of racism? by the same token, i could say reverse-racism is the reason there are more black running backs and wide receivers than there are whites. it’s only a race issue if we choose to make it one.

      there were some shady dealings going on with his whole transfer to auburn. the analyst is taking those things into consideration along with his observations and forming an opinion. is this going to ruin his career? is nobody going to sign him because one person doesn’t think he’s the greatest quarterback he’s ever seen? everybody is allowed to disagree with an opinion and respectfully make their own points.

      moon should have said he disagrees with the analyst’s statements, and gone on to explain why he thinks newton is a genuinely good person with the potential to be a great quarterback. instead he chose to play the race card. shame on moon, and all of you who can’t look at things for what they are.

      • USA Racism on April 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm

        Dude, wake up and study history. You must be too young to understand that this was a real discussion 10-20 years ago when there were 1-2 Black quarterbacks because college coaches and NFL coaches said they were not smart enough. When I was growing up in the 70-80’s, they wouldn’t let Blacks play point guard in college because they said they were not smart enough to run a team-of course there were exemptions.
        A White quarterback of Cam Newton’s ability and accomplishments would NEVER face the type of scrutiny he has. Just look at Kemba Walker versus Jimmer Fredette-switch the teams and ask would Kemba have gotten the Wooden Award playing at BYU even if he averaged 35 points a game?
        The sports writers and producers (not the analysts on TV) are over 97% WHITE, so are you saying that they leave their views and attitudes at home.
        Warren Moon would know what he is talking about-there are a lot more White quarterbacks than Black in the NFL and it takes a TEAM around them to win-remember how good the Patriots were without Tom Brady. Mike Vick will take the Eagles to the Super Bowl this year and if he doesn’t, it doesn’t mean he is not great. In Oakland they took JaMarcus Russell with the number one pick and wouldn’t play him and did not allow him to pass. I saw the racism there because a White QB would never have gone through that. They are trying do the same thing to Cam-destroy his confidence before he even starts a game. A player that did what he did in college, the same as Jamarcus should be allowed to go for broke to succeed or fail-that way we can just say they stink, not that they were treated in a racist way.
        Its the USA—racism lives here and it ain’t somehow bypassing the NFL, NBA or NHL lol!

  2. First Man on May 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Joseph Mallory must be white or negro/uncle tom…