During my appearance on the nationally-syndicated Paul Finebaum Show today, Paul noted comments made by former college and pro football star Tony Dorsett about the recent allegations involving the father of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.
Last week Friday Dorsett told Eric Barrow of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:
“I think it’s a witch hunt. It’s a modern-day lynching of an athlete. I mean come on. If there was something going on they would have had to know about it way in advance. Why all of a sudden the school gets some success and he’s successful, he’s one of the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy, then all of a sudden all this comes to the forefront?”
No surprise that ‘76 Heisman Trophy winner Dorsett also said he’s still dead-set on voting for Newton for the award despite recent claims by former Mississippi State football player Kenny Rogers that Cam’s father Cecil Newton talked of soliciting money in exchange for his son signing a letter of intent to play football at MSU.
“I just think it’s ridiculous what they’re doing to the young man. Nothing has been proven just yet to my knowledge… He’s a hell of an athlete and it’s just a bad situation right now and it’s unfortunate the timing of this. This is a young man. This is a life we’re talking about.”
Calling the story a “witch hunt” is to say that there’s absolutely no truth to the allegations against Cecil Newton, who reportedly admitted last week to soliciting money for his son’s college football services.
In addition to Rogers, former Mississippi State football player Bill Bell is also on record in confirming Cecil Newton’s pay-for-play scheme.
Calling the story a “lynching” is to completely devalue the word and do a serious disservice to those who actually suffered and died because of racial prejudice.
No matter what happens to Cam Newton, he’ll likely move on to a lucrative NFL career - enjoying fame and fortune. If that’s akin to a lynching, then Dorsett might want to let us in on what it is that he knows about the case that we don’t.
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