Hall of Fame Warren Moon believes some of the criticism directed at Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is racially motivated, the ex-quarterback told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday.
Newton has struggled along with his team, and it has led to the dismissal of general manager Marty Hurney. Moon feels that Newton is receiving too much blame.
"I think a lot of this is because so many people want to say 'I told you so' about him but couldn't because he was so good last year," Moon told Yahoo! Sports. "I think people are overreacting. How can he be a bust? He just had one of the great years a rookie has ever had, and now he can't play? Come on."
Newton has been chastised in particular for the public frustration he shows occasionally during games and during postgame conferences. He was also singled out by Panthers receiver Steve Smith for sulking on the sidelines during a lopsided Week 3 loss to the Giants.
Moon has taken exception because he feels Newton's demeanor is compared to other black quarterbacks.
"I heard somebody compare him to Vince Young. It's the same old crap -- it's always a comparison of one black to another black. I get tired of it. I get tired of defending it," Moon told Yahoo! Sports. "If you want to compare him to someone because of his demeanor, compare him to Jay Cutler. There are a lot of guys who whine and moan. Cam's not biting anybody's head off or pushing his linemen (as the Bears quarterback did during a Week 2 loss to the Panthers). He's just disgruntled, and not handling losing well, because, think about it, he basically didn't lose in college."
"I don't think Cam's as bad as Cutler, because Cutler looks like he doesn't give a damn sometimes, or he's yelling and cussing at someone. Cam, he just looks down when they're losing."