Tip-Off for 6/22/12 (featuring Ethel Cee and Dumhi): Which African-American athlete is next in line for media scrutiny?
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**Mizzo will be posting a LeBron James piece sometime this afternoon**
LeBron James is the most scrutinized, criticized athlete of all time. -ESPN’s Chris Broussard
I’m not sure how truthful that statement is but it carries plenty of weight behind it. LeBron James is officially an NBA champion but expect the malice to subside just a little. You can count on Skip Bayless to look for something with his minions hanging on his every word.
At some point people are going to get tired of riding James, especially if the titles begin to pile up. So my question is who’s next in the pecking order of scrutinized African-American athletes?
My guess is Cam Newton, who got a taste of what the press can be like in his final season at Auburn and in his first season with the Carolina Panthers. Newton is in a position to revolutionize the quarterback position and he knows it. Newton expressed his desire to be an iconic player before taking an NFL snap. He silenced critics at the NFL Combine, becoming the #1 overall pick despite being scrutinized for incidents that he had been cleared of while still at Auburn. The only thing that matched Newton’s eye-popping rookie season was the swagger and confidence that he carried with him throughout the season.
Part of it was an obvious chip for doubters that saw him as nothing more than another running quarterback. Newton isn’t expected to duplicate his record-setting rookie season, but he better come damn close. Any major statistical drop off will bring out the pundits and so-called analysts who’ll say that they told us so.
I think Newton is well aware of that.
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