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Cam Newton was easily the most electric football player to take to the college football field in recent memory. Newton was on a different level than his opponents, but he was also publicly crucified more than any of his opponents.
I have not personally witnessed a deeper character assassination in sports than the one that happened to Newton. Unfortunately, there was a bit of impropriety that was uncovered.
In the heart of the national title run with Auburn, rumors began to swirl around Newton and his recruitment to Mississippi State. Reports were released stating that former Mississippi State assistants and a booster had contact with Newton’s father, Cecil Newton, about payments for his signature with the Bulldogs.
Auburn was investigated and implicated by numerous media outlets, but the NCAA found no wrongdoing by the Tigers' athletic program or anyone representing their interest.
Before the conclusion of the investigation, parking tickets and academic records were among the things that were leaked in an attempt to prove that Newton lacked moral character. As goes SEC football.