Joel Osteen once said, “I think a big test we all face in life on a regular basis is that discouragement test. Life’s not always fair, but I believe if you keep doing the right thing, God will get you to where you are.” Mark Wahlberg, the rapper turned actor, gave it to us like this, “I pray to be a good servant to God, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a brother, an uncle, a good neighbor, a good leader to those who look up to me, a good follower to those who are serving God and doing the right thing.” Then C.S. Lewis, the British novelist, completely turned the joint over on it’s ear when he spit, “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”
Well playas…havin’ good sense and tact is doin’ the right thing when EVERYBODY on the freakin’ planet is watchin’! When more than 100 million people are lookin’ to see if you’re goin’ to handle the bad times as gracefully as the good times you gotta be on point my brother.
A couple of years ago after the Super Bowl Cam Newton let all of the O.G.’s like myself down when he showed, like my momma used to say, “His bare bottom” after losin’ in the Super Bowl. Durin’ the post-game press conference he completely embarrassed the brotherhood that rode with with him all season long. No, as a matter of fact, durin’ his entire professional career! He showed up with a darn hoodie on sulkin’ and poutin’ like a 6 year old after losin’ the championship. Remember that bruh?
So fast forward to this past Wednesday. He’s doin’ his regularly scheduled press conference that he has to do EVERY week and he’s out here actin’ a fool again. Rollin’ his eyes like a darn 8 year old and then he storms outta the joint like somebody just stole his freakin’ bicycle and pack of Now and Laters.
Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! Bruh…you’re too old for this foolishness!! You’re a 28 year old man that’s been in the league for 7 years and you’re the face of the freakin’ franchise. You’ve got to start handlin’ yourself like a professional. Answer the darn questions and keep it movin’.
He’s gotten to a point where duns can’t even defend him anymore. The 99.9999% of black folks that were pullin’ for Cam Newton to win the Super Bowl that lived outside of Denver a couple of years ago were ridin’ with him because of one reason and one reason only. They identified with the struggle of dealin’ with the double standard in America.
Remember when all of these fake media-types and fans were blastin’ him for celebratin’ and Dabbin’ on a boy after scorin’ touchdowns? He was demonized for playin’ the game with the same emotion and celebration that Aaron Rogers played with. However, Cam was evil and Aaron got a State Farm commercial out of it. Not to mention all of the character assassinations that followed him when he entered the league. The double Standard in America is real playboy! Whether folks want to believe it or not, black folks have to conduct themselves at a higher standard than their white counterparts in order to be considered half as good.
So boyz have been ridin’ hard for the young thunder cat to succeed includin’ yours truly. Then he shows up after the Super Bowl loss in a freakin’ hoodie lookin’ like he’s about to rob the liquor store down the street. The moment that he walked into the post-game presser all of the ridiculous criticisms of him were, in most of the bigoted critics eyes, made valid.
He should have put that darn rock star suit that he showed up in back on and handled his business like a professional. Win or lose you’ve got to be the face of the franchise. Poutin’ and actin’ like a child is unacceptable and what you can’t do is embarrass all of the folks that had your back while these duns have been mistreatin’ you.
The same double standard that existed before you lost the Super Bowl and did nothin’ wrong was still waitin’ for your butt when you showed up in a darn hoodie and now when you roll your eyes and walk out of the room. As a matter of fact, the double standard grows ten fold every time you pull a stunt and you make it that much more difficult for cats like me to stay in the ride with you.
Unfortunately, you’re givin’ credence to all of the suckas that are standin’ around sayin’, “I told you so! I told you he was ignorant and unprofessional.”
If you’re goin’ to talk mad noise and be cocky when everything is goin’ well then you’ve got be able handle the full press when it’s not goin’ so well.
This ain’t just about just you playboy! It’s about bein’ an example for not only all of the young black kids that aspire to be like you but to keep all of the haters and critics at bay. Don’t give suckas like that room to take shots at you.
This is about makin’ all of the old timers that came before you proud that you are now standin’ on their shoulders. When you pull stunts like these you destroy all of the work that they put in to give you the opportunity to even play in the NFL, let alone to be a startin’ quarterback. You owe the pioneers of the sport that look like you that much respect playa.
Yes, Cam Newton is embarrassin’ the brotherhood with his actions and he owes boyz a darn apology. And that’s the edited version!! Stop me when I start lyin’!
1) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.
The G is excluded from the endings of all words because the G is near and dear to my heart because I’m from “The G” which is Gary, Indiana. So I only use the G when I’m talkin’ about “The G!”