Patriots Fans React To Cam Newton’s Jacob Blake Message
New England Patriots fans reacted to Cam Newton’s Jacob Blake message in a very telling way.
Blake, 29, was shot multiple times by police officer Rusten Sheskey in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The incident prompted many in the sports community to speak out on the subjects of racial injustice and police brutality.
Newton, who signed with New England this offseason, was one of the athletes who decided to offer his opinion.
“What’s going on in this country of ours at times is extremely disgusting,” he said.
“And until we find a fix, then more than ever we have to unify as one as much as possible. From the Black Lives Matter campaign to the social injustice, bringing awareness with that, to just everybody becoming more aware of certain things, and not necessarily turning their ear, turning their face with things that are extremely blatant.”
In particular, the former league MVP stressed the role athletes have when it comes to being vocal regarding these matters.
“We have to use our platform to raise awareness for issues like this,” he said.
“We’re going through so much from COVID-19 — this is an election year with voting and making everybody aware to vote — and having issues that still are pertinent in our society and our community and (we’re) still not seeing things done. You just have to stay focused and impact the things that you can impact most.
“For me, I do try to bring awareness to the environment I’m in each and every day from my children, from having open discussions in the locker room, not just with all Black players, with Caucasians as well, or whatever the race may be. I think that’s the start the we can all impact change in our own right.”
“What’s going on in this country of ours at times is extremely disgusting, and until we find a fix, I think more than ever, we have to unify and become one as much as possible.”@CameronNewton & @ShaqDiesel_70 address the shooting of Jacob Blake. pic.twitter.com/GLV0brWsbN
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 26, 2020
Needless to say, the reaction to Newton’s statement from Patriots fans was mixed. Some praised him for speaking out, while others bashed him for his views.
From Brady to this clown.
— Jedi Pimp (@jedipimp58) August 27, 2020
I can’t even. Really Belichick? Clown Newton? Sad look for the Patriots.
— Jason Perry (@MrJasonPerry) August 27, 2020
Cam Newton is a clown. Bye bye Pats, it was fun. Hello Bucs, nice to meet you.
— SRS (@GeorgeofNE) August 26, 2020
— We$ (@freshly_wesley) August 27, 2020
I don’t follow Football, however I know many that do, have the Footballers ever stopped to think that maybe their Fans are not interested in “Their Messages on Social Justice” and all they want is to Watch them Play Some Football? Just a Thought.
— E Doyle Turner (@eileent02161) August 26, 2020
A lot of these incidents could have ended differently if people would comply with the police. Not justifying all cops actions but far to many times what happens stems from running or not complying.
— Coach M (@CoachM65595252) August 26, 2020
People can laugh about the wardrobe choices (irrelevant!) Cam enjoys wearing all they want. How he dresses is his choice.
His message here is what is important.
Unify. Work together. And fight against injustice.
— Anthony (@zemmix_) August 26, 2020
Patriots Fans Will Need To Get Used To Cam Newton
Whether New England fans like it or not, this won’t be the last time Newton will speak out on matters that are important to him. He is one of the league’s most charismatic, recognizable faces, and with that comes a certain level of media attention.
Moreover, social justice in sports is not going away. That is just a fact.
Regardless of how anyone feels about it, athletes have decided that they’ve been given the green light to speak out on topics that are important to them, and they are going to continue doing that going forward.
Times have changed, and fans will either need to get on board with that or get out.