Cam-troversy in Alabama
Eric D. Graham | 11/15/2010, 11:10 a.m.
Inside the Newton affair at Auburn
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) -- On the 25th anniversary of Auburn University Bo Jackson winning the Heisman trophy and hopes of a BCS Championship lingering in the atmosphere at Jordan Hare Stadium in Alabama, there is a new Cam-troversy brewing in college football, involving Auburn University's sensation quarterback Cam Newton.
Why? Because there are allegations of academic cheating, a $200,000 cash payment, and a stolen lap top. Oddly, this sounds more like an episode of Law and Order and not the preview for a college football game.
But this is the lead story, as the lines between amateur athletics and professional sports criss-cross at the crossroad with more cash and criticism for one to handle.
As a result, now the FBI is on the case.
Also, Newton's phone records have been viewed, his father's bank accounts has been checked, secret searches for a paper trail have begun, and even the sacredness of the "house of God" has been invaded as they attempt to find hidden evidence of evil and foul play.
Despite all of this, many people feel that this new sports scandal currently dominating the airwaves is simply a smear campaign and a modern-day witch-hunt orchestrated by a group of disgruntled former players in the SEC, who envy the new found success of Newton as well as Auburn's quest for BCS Championship.
The concept of "you are innocent until proven guilty", however, does not seem to apply in the case against Newton. Because most college football fans and sports reporters have already given their verdict based on rumors, gossips and half-truths that Newton is guilty as Reggie Bush in this new age of whistle blowing.
"I am not going to entertain something that took place not three months, not six months, not even a year but two-years ago" said Newton during a recent press conference.
"I am not going to sit up here and say anything about it. Whether I did or did not. Because I do not want to beat a dead horse....because it is not going to affect me in any form or fashion."
Unfortunately, the "play-for-pay" allegations could actually affect Newton's draft status in the up-and-coming NFL draft as well as his chances of obtaining the highly-claimed 2010 Heisman Trophy as well as Auburn's chances to win a National Championship.
"We are not picking a Supreme Court Justice here, whose decision will affect the nation for decades." said Paul Finebaum, of the Paul Finebaum Radio Network.
"We are voting for the Heisman Trophy."
With this cloud of corruption hovering over the campuses of college football, however, it felt a little eerie when ESPN's award-winning 30-for-30 documentary series aired an episode involving former Oklahoma Sooner Marcus Dupree entitled "The Best That Never Was..", which brilliantly shows the ruthless recruiting tactics of some college football programs as well as the desire of a superstar college football player and his family to get paid during the process.
After viewing the story of Dupree -- even in 2010 -- things haven't changed that much, because it's business as usual in college football. Because instead of $40,000 for a double-wide trailer for the Duprees, it's now $250,000 for a house for the Bushes, and an alleged $180,000 for the Newtons.
Despite this exchange of cash for talent, the sad reality is, college sports and Capitalism as a whole, is simply a system of "pimps and hoes."
These large universities, coaches, and agents are the pimps. And they prostitute and exploit these young athletes by using their bodies, likeness, and talents while collecting billions of dollars in the end.
Hopeful, Cam Newton didn't fall victim in trying to "scam" the "scammer." Because it is hard to walk a straight path in this crooked world. But the truth will evidently come out. Unfortunately, the real crooks will probably get away.
And there will probably be another superstar athlete next year, who will walk away with a bag full of cash.
NOTE: In Saturday's 49-31 victory over Georgia, Newton became the first player in SEC history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season. The win clinched a berth in the SEC Championship game on December 4th against South Carolina.