• 68°

Panthers’ QB Cam Newton addresses shooting in Charlotte

By Steve Reed

AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE (AP) — While Cam Newton called the latest police shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina “embarrassing,” the Carolina Panthers quarterback says he’s not rushing to any judgments until he has more information.

The league MVP did have some strong comments Wednesday about social injustice and the African-American community.

“My big thing is holding people accountable— no matter what the race, no matter what the gender is, no matter what the age is.,” Newton said at his weekly news conference Wednesday.

Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old African-American man, was shot and killed Tuesday by a black police officer, sparking a violent protest early Wednesday morning about 15 miles from the team’s stadium. More than a dozen police officers were injured during the protest. There also was vandalism to police vehicles and looting.

Newton said that while he doesn’t see things through a “black-white lens,” he does realize that people view him as a spokesman for the African-American community because of his stature in the NFL.

“I’m an African-American and I’m not happy how the justice has been dealt with over the years, and the state of oppression in our community, but we also as black people have to do right by ourselves,” Newton said. “We can’t be hypocrites.”

Newton went on to say, “From being a black person, there is a lot of black people that don’t do right by black people, so you can’t be a hypocrite and just say ‘Oh a white man or a white police officer killed a black man.’ Now that’s still messed up and I’m not sitting up here and saying that’s ok.

“I am saying we have to have a clear eye vision on both sides and starts with everyone holding each other accountable and policing yourselves.”

Newton is unsure if his teammates plan to join Colin Kaepernick in a silent protest before Carolina’s home Sunday against Minnesota. Kaepernick has been protesting against the oppression of African-Americans and minorities, and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.

Newton did praise Kaepernick’s stance, which includes calling for responsible parties to be held accountable.

“I salute Colin Kaepernick for what he stands for, but at the end of day I can make a stand in my own right,” Newton said. “That is why I have a foundation and I have been trying to do anything and everything to bring the city of Charlotte, or wherever I am around, and impact it in a positive way. I’m hoping people see that and do the same thing.”

Some of Newton’s teammates took to Twitter to express their outrage at the police shooting.

Wide receiver Philly Brown tweeted “This is becoming crazy!!! Makes it hard not to stand up!!”

However, Brown told reporters he doesn’t think he will protest before the game.

Panthers safety Tre Boston tweeted, “Wow this actually hurts, a city I’ve grown to love. Charlotte what are we doing? This is in my backyard. We must do better #KeithLamontScott”

Boston sent a second tweet saying he was talking about the officer’s actions, not the protests.

He did not comment when asked in the locker room about his tweets, saying he had to go lift weights instead.

Authorities had to use tear gas to disperse the protests in North Carolina’s largest city, which joins Milwaukee, Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, on the list of U.S. cities that erupted in violence over the death of black men at the hands of police.

The Charlotte protest came on the heels of hundreds of protesters rallying Tuesday night outside police headquarters in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma , following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man Friday by police.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he felt it is “not fair” for the media to ask players about the police shootings since many of them aren’t informed about what is happening in the world around them even though several of his players had expressed an opinion on social media.

Rivera believes those questions should be directed toward political officials who should work toward change.

“That’s a tough issue,” Rivera said. “We’ve got a whole bunch of young men in that locker room, you guys all want to ask what they think about it. I’m not sure how many of them know what’s going on.

“So I don’t think it’s fair for us to be put in a position to make comments about stuff that we really don’t know about. The thing we have to do is hope things get fixed, get fixed quickly and so we can keep going forward.”

Rivera said “maybe instead of tearing up the city” that people should get out and vote if they want change.

Comments

News

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

Crime

Blotter: Sept. 19

Coronavirus

Kannapolis brewery linked to eight COVID-19 positives

Elections

Local Democrats call to ‘turn the state blue’ during virtual office reopening

Education

Funding flat, enrollment down slightly for Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Education

Catawba gets high marks in U.S. News and World rankings for fifth year

Business

China Grove soap store sets sights on expansion into Kannapolis

News

Charlotte, UNC game canceled after 49ers place players in quarantine

Crime

Blotter: Sept. 18

Coronavirus

County sees ninth COVID-19 death this week, more than 30 cases reported

BREAKING NEWS

Gov. Cooper announces schools can move K-5 to plan A; school board vote needed locally

Local

Wet weather brings crashes, traffic to standstill on interstate

Crime

Salisbury man victim of Facebook scam, duped out of $2,000

Crime

Two charged after fight outside Salisbury home

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools ships out thousands of old devices for refurbishing

Education

Caught in the infodemic: NC school policies frustrated by scientific challenges

East Spencer

East Spencer to hold community day, provide free food, supplies

Education

Shoutouts

Landis

Landis officials provide plan for COVID-19 funds, discuss town’s financial position

Education

Blattner brought technology into schools before it was cool

Education

State has slight decline in SAT scores

Local

New environmental specialists begin work on backlog soil evaluations

Local

Friends, colleagues say Seay left his mark on Rowan judicial system

Elections

Rep. Howard says ‘still work to be done’ as she seeks 17th term in House