Newton’s Dad Will Not Attend Heisman Ceremony

On Tuesday I reported that Auburn University had included Cam Newton’s father Cecil Newton on a list submitted to the Heisman Trust of those who would be attending the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York on Saturday.

Cecil and Cam Newton photo

Today Cecil Newton said in a statement through his attorney George Lawson that he would not be attending the ceremony.


“The events to take place in New York at the Heisman Trophy ceremony this weekend will serve as a crowning moment for the athletes and their families alike.

“For all of my fifty years of life, coupled with 25 years of marriage, I have made an exhausting attempt to be a good husband, father, and generally a good person of integrity. The past 60 days have caused all that my family worked to accomplish to come into question.”

“So that my son Cam Newton can receive all the honors and congratulations that he has worked so hard to accomplish and without distraction, I have decided not to be in attendance at the Heisman ceremony, as it will perhaps rob Cam and the event of a sacred moment.”

With Deepest Respect,
Cecil Newton

On Dec. 1 the NCAA issued the following statement:

According to facts of the case agreed upon by Auburn University and the NCAA enforcement staff, the student-athlete’s father and an owner of a scouting service worked together to actively market the student-athlete as a part of a pay-for-play scenario in return for Newton’s commitment to attend college and play football. NCAA rules (Bylaw 12.3.3) do not allow individuals or entities to represent a prospective student-athlete for compensation to a school for an athletic scholarship.

In conjunction with the case, Auburn University has limited the access Newton’s father has to the athletics program and Mississippi State has disassociated the involved individual.

Despite the fact that the NCAA had directed Auburn to “limit” Cecil Newton’s access to the program, I was told Thursday afternoon that father Newton still had plans to attend the Heisman ceremony.

Those plans have obviously changed.

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