Cam Newton has been criticized by some for not speaking out enough about issues beyond football. However, Newton spoke quite candidly about the protests in Charlotte earlier this week and, on Sunday, the reigning NFL MVP wore a shirt with a very important message.
Newton’s shirt includes a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., saying “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Without saying a word before the Carolina Panthers faced off with the Minnesota Vikings on an NFL field, Newton made a clear and present statement.
As protests surrounding the national anthem garner increased attention in the aftermath of Colin Kaepernick‘s stance and various college football statements, it is becoming more of the norm to see recognizable athletes speaking out on social and political issues. Still, it is even more noteworthy for someone of Newton’s profile, as he is one of the most recognized figures in the country’s most popular sport, and there are major issues taking place in his own backyard of Charlotte.
It may not be Cam Newton’s natural inclination to speak beyond football in a way such as this, but from the outside, it certainly appears that his mind is focused on the issues facing his community and the nation at large.