Cam Newton weighs in on Colin Kaepernick

Cam Newton

Cam Newton spoke with the media about former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.


Charlotte, North Carolina — The Carolina Panthers will play the San Francisco 49ers this coming Sunday. So, it was expected, that someone would ask Cam Newton about his thoughts about Colin Kaepernick not having a job in the NFL. However, Newton stood at the podium and gave his raw opinions about the former franchise quarterback.


“I really think it’s unfair,” Newton said. “But in my opinion, Do I think Kaepernick is better than some of the starting quarterbacks in this league? Absolutely.” 


Newton didn’t stop there. He went on to give more context to his feelings towards Kaepernick not having a job.


“Should he be on a roster? In my opinion, Absolutely. There’s no question about it,” he added. “Is he good enough to be on a roster? Is he good enough to be a starting quarterback? Absolutely.”


In addition, Newton acknowledged that the primary goal for the Panthers is to focus on preparing for Sunday’s game. Nonetheless, he was vocal about his thoughts on the situation. He wasn’t the only quarterback that spoke about Kaepernick’s employment status. Last week, Green Bay Packers’ quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, gave his thoughts on why Kaepernick wasn’t in the NFL. Rodgers cited that the protest was the reasons for it. Also, he mentioned how he will support his teammates if they choose to protest the national anthem. However, Rodgers made it clear. He will stand during the anthem.


Understanding It All:

Kaepernick has been the center of conversations for sometime now. His protest was to call attention to police brutality among other social issues, such as discrimination. Yet, the talking points have been, is this in fact disrespectful to the men and women that serves this country? It’s a never-ending conversation, however, some believe he’s being “black-balled” by the NFL. Recently in New York, many protested in front of the NFL’s headquarters out of support for Kaepernick.


Carolina will play at San Francisco on Sunday at 4:25 p.m.



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This season is my 5th year covering the NBA. I specialize in feature stories and exclusives are what I do best. During the NFL season, I'm now covering the Carolina Panthers. This is my second year covering the NFL. Feel free to connect with me. I live by the following quote:

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