Cam Newton: “It’s Unfair” That Colin Kaepernick Doesn’t Have An NFL Job

Bryan Brandom
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A year ago, Cam Newton was given the chance to defend Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial discrimination among American police departments.

The Carolina Panthers quarterback came up short.

On Tuesday, he was again asked about Kaepernick, who’s still a free agent despite teams’ signing of blatantly inferior QBs.

“I really think it’s unfair. I think it’s unfair. But not to take any storm or glory away from this game, we’re trying to find every way to be prepared for the 49ers come Sunday,” Newton said. “But in my opinion, do I think Kaepernick is better than some of these starting quarterbacks in this league? Absolutely. Should he be on a roster in my opinion? Absolutely. There’s no question about it. Is he good enough to be on a roster? Is he good enough to be a starting quarterback? Absolutely. But our main focus right now is trying to beat the 49ers on Sunday.”

Newton declined to address the racial component of Kaepernick’s being shut out of the league.

Last year when Newton was asked about the Kaepernick’s protests during the national anthem, he came up with this word salad:

A lot of scrutiny happens when an athlete starts talking about race, but the truth of the matter is we’ve just got to do right by each other, no matter what color you are. Certain things that have happened in our life, in our lifetime, it is kind of embarrassing to be affiliated with, but it still happens. Who am I to say, “Colin, you’re wrong”? And who am I to say, “Bro, you’re right”? Because we all have the right to think whatever we want to think, and I respect that about everybody.

Newton, who has endorsement deals with yogurt company Dannon and car company Buick, was once one of the league’s more outspoken players on the subject of race.

“I’m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to,” Newton said ahead of Super Bowl 50 in response to often-racist criticisms of his play and personality on the gridiron.