Sports by Brooks is reporting that five members of the media will not have Cam Newton on their Heisman ballot.
Here is the explanation from one of the writers, Mike Bianchi of the ORLANDO SENTINEL:
That’s right, it says the pursuit of excellence with “INTEGRITY.” And, yet, here we have Cam Newton, a player who left the University of Florida amid allegations of academic fraud and after he was found with a stolen laptop computer and threw it out the window when police arrived; a player whose recruitment is being investigated by the NCAA and the FBI; a player whose father Cecil, according to the NCAA, tried to sell his son’s services to the highest bidder (but, um, Cam supposedly knew nothing about it.).
Here is my personal opinion on the situation:
Is Cam Newton dirty? Absolutely. His whole college career is shady— but when dealing with awards, you have to follow the rules.
What he did at Florida is irrelevant to what is going on right now.
The crooked NCAA decided Newton was eligible, and from that point on, all that matters is what Newton has done on the field in 2010. He has been the clear cut best player in college football.
The media’s job is to give opinions, but when it comes to a vote, you have to be unbiased and not let your personal feelings effect your professional judgment.
These writers are just tying to make a stand so they can get their 15 minutes of fame and appear on Sportscenter, not because they have high morals.
We don’t believe you, you need more people.