Cam Newton calls Colin Kaepernick a ‘legend,’ hints at protest Sunday
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton hailed Colin Kaepernick as a “legend” and indicated he’s considering some form of protest ahead of Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
The fallout from President Donald Trump’s caustic and condemnatory comments on the NFL, specifically involving players protesting the national anthem, has not surprisingly continued into this week. The ongoing situation has been spurned by the President’s continued remarks as well as professional athletes in all sports reacting to the ongoing controversy.
Newton in comments Wednesday praised Kaepernick for inspiring the protest movement last season and indicated the still-unemployed quarterback sacrificed his career in the pursuit of social activism.
“My hat goes off to the Colin Kaepernicks of the world,” Newton said, via the Charlotte Observer. “He’s made the ultimate sacrifice [as a player] and I respect that wholeheartedly. I can’t let a moment go by without shedding light to that: A person that does have the talent to play, a person that should be in this league, but I feel as if he’s not getting his just due because of his views.
“But that’s a legend, right there. For him to think outside of himself, to raise awareness of something that, this is 365 days removed from his first initial stand, and now here we are doing the same things. And now everybody is kind of understanding what his reasoning was, and I respect that.”
Newton added on Wednesday he’s “absolutely” considering some form of protest ahead of Sunday’s game. The Panthers weren’t among the several NFL teams who demonstrated a sign of organizational unity either during or before anthems in Week 3. But Newton insists it’s not too late for the Panthers to make a statement.
“It was popular to do something this past Sunday,” Newton said, via the Charlotte Observer. “but there’s still an opportunity.”
Panthers owner Jerry Richardson hosted a meeting earlier this week about the protest issue. Panthers players reportedly walked away from the sit-down believing they would be supported by the organization should they engage in some kind of peaceful protest.