Two Perspectives on the Cam Newton Situation

Sean JacksonContributor IIINovember 13, 2010

Let’s be honest, we love a good scandal. When stories like Tiger Woods or Reggie Bush come to the forefront, we dive in headfirst eager to sink our teeth in the juicy details. Take the latest accusations surrounding Cam Newton: While they don’t compare to the two examples mentioned above the explosion of interest surrounding this story shows we cannot get enough.

Here’s a look at both sides of the issue.

For starters, we live in a guilty until proven innocent society. While the system may be set up the other way around, public perception isn’t. The fact that various sources have spoken out and said the same allegations against Cam and his father only add fuel to the thought that he may have been in violation.

In fact, this isn’t Cam’s first time in trouble.

He had incidents at Florida. In one incident, he was accused of stealing a laptop. While these are completely unrelated to what’s going on now, when someone is accused of breaking rules more than once, it does raise a red flag.

On the other side, what do we really know about these sources? One source, Kenny Rodgers is under investigation by the NFL. In his radio interview with a Dallas station, Kenny couldn’t recall even basic events. The only thing he had his pulse on was the estimated asking amount, which was in the ballpark of $100,000 and $180,000. For someone who made such strong allegations you would think his case would be more airtight and that he could recall specific conversations.

Furthermore, nothing has been proven yet. Just because three different people came forward doesn’t mean it happened. Shouldn’t we wait until a full investigation is made? The FBI is already looking into this and I’m sure the SEC is too. Instead of jumping to conclusions, let them do their job.

Going forward, should Cam play against Georgia tomorrow?

In the court of public opinion, Auburn could do a lot of good by benching Newton. However, why punish Cam for something he’s only alleged of doing? While these allegations have brought a black eye against Newton and Auburn at this moment, they’re nothing more. What if evidence later proves that Cam wasn’t guilty and these three accusers were nothing more than jealous because Cam’s father chose Auburn? Essentially, you would be punishing Cam for nothing.

If you were Auburn, what would you do?