Patriots fans react to message from Cam Newton’s Jacob Blake
New England Patriots fans have responded to Cam Newton’s Jacob Blake post in a very revealing way.
Blake, 29, has been shot and killed several times by police officer Rusten Sheskey in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The incident prompted many in the sports community to speak out on the issues of racial injustice and police brutality.
Newton, who signed with New England this offseason, was one of the athletes who decided to give his opinion.
“What happens in our country is sometimes extremely disgusting,” he said.
“And until we find a solution, more than ever we need to unite as much as possible. From the Black Lives Matter campaign to social injustice, raising awareness for that, everyone to become more aware of certain things, and not necessarily turn their ears, turn their faces with extremely egregious things. “
In particular, the former league MVP highlighted the role of athletes when it comes to making their voices heard on these issues.
“We need to use our platform to raise awareness about issues like this,” he said.
“We’re going through so much because of COVID-19 – it’s an election year with voting and raising awareness for everyone to vote – and with issues that are still relevant in our society and community and (us) still do not see things finished. You just need to stay focused and make an impact on the things that you can have the most impact on.
“For me, I try to educate my kids about the environment I find myself in every day, talking openly in the locker room, not just with all black players, with Caucasians as well, or whatever race. Maybe. I think this is the start where we can all make an impact on change on our own.
“What happens in our country is sometimes extremely disgusting, and until we find a solution, I think more than ever, we must unite and become one as much as possible.”@CameronNewton & @ ShaqDiesel_70 address the Jacob Blake shooting. pic.twitter.com/GLV0brWsbN
– New England Patriots (@Patriots) Aug 26, 2020
Needless to say, the reaction from Patriots fans to Newton’s statement has been mixed. Some praised him for speaking out, while others criticized him for his opinions.
From Brady to that clown.
– Jedi Proxenet (@ jedipimp58) August 27, 2020
I can not even. Really Belichick? The clown Newton? Sad look for the Patriots.
– Jason Perry (@MrJasonPerry) August 27, 2020
Cam Newton is a clown. Goodbye Pats, that was fun. Hello Bucs, nice to meet you.
– SRS (@GeorgeofNE) Aug 26, 2020
– We $ (@freshly_wesley) August 27, 2020
I’m not football, but I know a lot of them, have footballers ever stopped to think their fans maybe not interested in ‘their social justice messages’ and whatever they want , is it watching them play football? Just a thought.
– E Doyle Turner (@ eileent02161) Aug 26, 2020
Many of these incidents could have ended differently if people had complied with the police. Not justifying all cop actions, but far too often what happens is a result of running or not complying.
– Coach M (@ CoachM65595252) Aug 26, 2020
People can laugh at the wardrobe choices (not important!) Cam likes to wear whatever they want. How he dresses is his choice.
His message here is what’s important.
Unify. Work together. And fight against injustice.
– Anthony (@zemmix_) Aug 26, 2020
Patriots fans will have to get used to Cam Newton
Whether New England fans like it or not, this won’t be the last time Newton speaks out on issues that matter to him. He’s one of the most charismatic and recognizable faces in the league, and that comes with a certain level of media attention.
In addition, social justice in sport does not disappear. It’s just a fact.
Regardless of what everyone thinks, the athletes have decided that they have the green light to speak out on topics that are important to them, and they will continue to do so in the future.
Times have changed and fans will either have to get on with it or get out.