Auburn's Cam Newton is becoming very familiar with the treatment usually only reserved for professional athletes.
It is no secret that when you are on top, there are a countless number of people that want to see you fall.
Where were all these stories about Newton before his Auburn Tigers started out 8-0 and garnered the top spot in the BCS standings?
The fact is that these stories were not news then because Newton had not yet positioned himself as the front runner for the Heisman Trophy or his team for a chance at the national championship.
But now, seemingly out of nowhere, allegations pop up of bribery and cheating in an attempt to distract or destroy all that Newton has accomplished this season.
It is my question that if these allegations carry any validity, why are we just now finding out about them? One has to question the legitimacy of these allegations just as much, if not more than the misconduct that they call into question—if not for any other reason than the timing of these allegations coming to light.
The sad fact is that even if Newton is innocent, the mere allegations themselves have cast a black cloud over everything he and his team have accomplished this season. By the time the truth comes out and maybe even before you finish reading this article, many will have their minds made up that Cam Newton will forever be a cheater who followed a bribe to wear the Orange and Blue of Auburn.
He can't defend himself in the public eye. All he can do is try to ignore all the people attempting to distract him, pull him down and keep him from helping his team finish off a perfect season. It is also very funny that both of the allegations have come directly after Alabama losses (no coincidence there at all, I'm sure).
Then there are those that are saying if the cheating allegations are true, then Newton should be completely removed from all consideration for the Heisman. What happened to second chances in this country? What happened to not living in the past and moving on?
What Newton did or did not do at the University of Florida a few years ago has absolutely nothing to do with what he is doing in 2010 at Auburn. The Heisman is reserved for the best player in the country this year, and if that is Cam Newton, then he deserves the award.
Unfortunately, in this day and age of technology and in a society rich with people who want to pull you down when you're on top, Cam Newton will not be the last college athlete to face countless allegations in the midst of his finest hour. Maybe Cam should call a press conference and use the words made famous by Ice-T: "Don't hate the player everyone, hate the game."
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