Over the past month, the topic of NFL MVP Cam Newton’s race has been up for discussion. Throughout his historic season, he’s faced what some believe to be unfair criticism for things as trivial as celebrating on the field. While some have downplayed that race is the cause behind the backlash, he himself has gone on record as stating that people have a difficult time accepting an African American quarterback succeeding at the highest level of the game.
Recently, I had the opportunity to weigh in on this controversial topic. First up was Lisa Evers and Hot 97’s Street Soldiers. For 45 minutes, I, along with the Baltimore Ravens Chris Canty, New York Jets Damon Harrison, and ESPN Senior Writer Peter Keating had an open conversation about black athletes, race and the media. Listen below.
Then, I also visited MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show to discuss a similar topic, “Why the wave of criticism for Cam Newton?” This time, I was joined by The Nation’s Dave Zirin, MSBC’s Adam Howard, and former NFL player and sports radio host Ben Leber. Below is half of our segment, and if I’m able to get the second part, I’ll update the blog post to include it.
I’d love to hear your perspective, so feel free to add to this conversation by leaving a comment below.