NFL superstar and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is taking a different approach when being grilled about racial issues by reporters.
Opposed to his counterpart (well, backup counterpart) Colin Kaepernick who refuses to stand for the National Anthem as a protest to perceived police brutality against African-Americans, Cam Newton takes a measured approach and calls for accountability of the black community as well as law enforcement.
“I want to bring unity, and football gives me that opportunity,” Newton said. This follows the police shooting and subsequent rioting in Charlotte, which is home to the Panthers.
According to NBC Sports, Newton made it clear that he didn’t have enough information about the shooting to pass judgement.
Personally, Newton believes it’s a conversation he can’t win, according to NBC Sports. “I’m in a position now where if I say something, it’s going to be critiqued,” Newton said. “And if I don’t say something, then I’m flawed.”
Regardless of his reasons, it’s simply nice to see someone of celebrity status not jump to conclusions about an officer involved shooting until all the facts are out.
Calling for accountability from the community and unity for everyone is also a breathe of fresh air.
Hopefully his message resonates with Charlotte residents as instigators have called for a night of protests tonight which may lead to complete chaos.
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