Cam Newton’s Instagram post sparks coming out rumors

Photo credit: Instagram – @cameron1newton

Cam Newton found himself all over the web this weekend when the NFL MVP posted an inspiring message on Instagram in which he quoted the poem “Living In The Shadows” from Jay Z’s now famous mother, Gloria Carter. Ever since then, rumors have been floating around the internet saying that the NFL superstar has allegedly come out of the closet.

The rumors all started yesterday when Newton posted a photo of himself on Instagram smiling during what appears to be a Panthers press meeting. Under the photo, he captioned the image with the now-famous poem “Living In The Shadows,” which Carter reads at the end of Jay’s noteworthy 4:44 track “Smile,” in which he reveals that his mother is a lesbian and allows her to open up about her struggles with her sexuality.

Carter’s poem reads:

“Living in the shadow
Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live?
In the shadows people see you as happy and free
Because that’s what you want them to see
Living two lives, happy, but not free
You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love
The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free
But you live with the fear of just being me
Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be
No harm for them, no harm for me
But life is short, and it’s time to be free
Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed.”

It’s unclear why Newton shared the poem and he’s not spoken again about the post. Perhaps he just loved it and related to it or perhaps he was showing his appreciation for Jay’s song? However, many posts online from fans are suggesting that perhaps he was trying to come out of the closet.

What do you think? Do you think he was trying to come out of the closet or was he just simply quoting lines from a song that he presumably likes? Let us know in the comments.


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  1. I don’t know if Cam is trying to share his true sexuality or not but after seeing his short shorts the other day, it kind of make you wonder if he’s gay and having pen JZ’s words from his latest song can only make you wonder if thats his way of letting the world know he’s coming out.

  2. It wouldn’t surprise me, I just hope it doesn’t destroy his career. I’m a dedicated panther fan so I’m not concerned with his sexual preference just his play on the field.

    1. Funny that someone with the suicide hotline ad as their photo would leave a comment with such a derogatory and insulting tone directed at another human being. It is the experience of having ignorant comments like this directed at them that makes life so excruciatingly unbearable for many people who identify as a member of the LGBT family, eventually laying them down the path toward the very decision that your profile picture is meant to stop. Funny thing is, it’s usually the ones that spew hateful insults like yours that are the deepest in the closet themselves, believing that saying such cruel things will keep others from suspecting their own latent homosexuality. It’s ok to be yourself. Stop hating your own punkness, accept it and come out of the closet little gayby.

  3. If he is i wish him the best. This world we live in can be cuel at times but that doesn’t take away the fact that he is an amazing and talented football player. Never let rumors and innuendos stop you from doing what the creator blessed you to do. Peace and Blessings Newt.

  4. Is it possible that his PR firm, agent, manager, lawyer, coach, etc. thought this was the best way to handle a threatening expose? Its the general advice-get out in front of it. And to quote from JZ track seems a good way to say, what’s so bad? Your god JZ is ok with his mom being gay, so its nothing to be ashamed of. I say its brilliant PR move. Too much money at stake to allow these superior players to say anything without OKs from the entire management. So, I vote its intentional.

  5. Cam Newton, Odell Beckham, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and JJ Watt. If these guys would just get together and announce at the same time, the NFL would explode. But really, it’s the only way for the issue to finally be put to bed (pun intended) in the NFL and that is to have five of their superstars all come out.

  6. He’s married to Kia Proctor and has kids, why would he be gay if he had a wife and children, i mean yeah, people can still come out and say they’re gay, when married and have children, but that doesn’t mean anything, just because he is probably gay, doesn’t mean that he’s gonna divorce Kia Proctor and date some dude… that would hurt his relationship with his kids later on.

  7. So if a man writes a quote from a song that makes him gay .. folks to damn quick to judge others.. but if a man share a quote from a song about killing and drug slanging then oh it’s just a quote.. gtfoh.. if he is gay that’s his business

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