Breaking news: We have a difference of opinion on a nationally televised morning show.
During Wednesday's edition of "Get Up!" on ESPN, college football commentator Paul Finebaum unloaded on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, essentially saying he's done being a useful player in the NFL. The former Auburn star has struggled through two losses this season with no passing or rushing touchdowns, and a foot injury could keep him off the field for Week 3.
"He's a trainwreck right now," Finebaum said. "He can't do what he used to do. And quite frankly, forget the sympathy tour. Cam Newton has never really cared about anyone other than Cam Newton. That doesn't mean he shouldn't be given the opportunity (to play), but he's brought this franchise down.
"It's over for Cam Newton. Nice knowing you, but you're done."
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Ryan Clark immediately called Finebaum out for criticizing Newton after speaking positively about Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who was recently benched behind first-round pick Daniel Jones.
"We just spoke glowingly about — not we, Paul — glowingly about Eli Manning, and he has been a dud for the last four years," Clark said. "You want to talk about bringing a franchise down? Eli has ruined that franchise ... If we're looking at it right now, Cam has more left than Eli's had for years."
1. @Realrclark25 must be protected at all costs. He's been doing the Lord's work.
2. Paul has his lazy journalism pants on. To say Cam has brought the Panthers organization down clearly means he doesn't watch NFL football since 2011. JUST BE QUIET IF YOU DON'T KNOW. pic.twitter.com/Qn6a6owzgI— Astasia Williams (@AstasiaWill) September 18, 2019
Clark later added that he believes Manning is a Hall of Famer, but doesn't feel the two-time Super Bowl champion is close to the same level as Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady.
"I also believe Eli Manning will get into the Hall of Fame. I also don't believe he's a very good quarterback."September 18, 2019
Perhaps Newton's recent run of injuries has caught up with him — but football aside, Finebaum is way off in saying Newton doesn't care about anyone other than himself. There's plenty of evidence showing all of the charity work Newton has done, particularly with young children. Finebaum is either ignorant to the facts here or willfully brushing aside Newton's off-field efforts.
Then again, it's not all that surprising Finebaum would speak this way; these programs are designed to ignite conversations, and here we are. No need to let the truth get in the way.
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