Moon's racism charge way off base

Moon's racism charge way off base

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 04/05/2011 - 00:30
When it comes to being a mentor to former Auburn QB Cam Newton, ex-NFL QB Warren Moon is already a failure. At the first hint of criticism - from Pro Football Weekly's Nolan Nawrocki in the 2011 Draft Preview - Moon took the short-sighted and simplistic approach and cried "racism." If his domestic violence and DUI arrests from the past didn't already prove it, Moon clearly demonstrated why he is unfit to advise others. First of all, Nawrocki's criticisms of Newton -- specifically that he is disingenuous and comes off as scripted - are views shared by many NFL scouts. Those are some of the same scouts that Nawrocki and many other draft analysts rely on for information. Those observations are hardly unique. Most knowledgeable football fans saw an honest, well-rounded evaluation of a talented yet polarizing draft prospect, who happens to be black. Moon, who is also black, saw racism. “I don't see other quarterbacks in the draft being criticized by the media or fans about their smile or called a phony,” Moon said. That’s because he didn’t look very hard. Nawrocki was also critical of Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett, who is white. Nawrocki said Mallett is "Immature.” He added that he “Is not a respected leader and character needs to be evaluated very closely. Does not come across well in interviews and must prove his commitment to the game." But did Mallett's people lodge a ludicrous, unfounded complaint? They did not. But maybe that's just because Mallett's entourage isn't nearly as big as Newton's. Newton has more advisers, teachers, coaches and mentors than a heavyweight boxing champion. Maybe there’s a reason he needs such a large cast of handlers.
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