Carolina Panthers Star Cam Newton Speaks Out on Race

Days before his Super Bowl debut, the quarterback says race is a factor in criticism against him.
1:58 | 01/28/16

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To the super bowl and panthers quarterback cam newton lightning fast on the feel and a bit of a lightning rod for critics as well this morning spiking out and ABC's Ryan smith has the details. Reporter: He's been called everything from a showboat. Doesnthat's an extended celebration if you're an opponent. Reporter: To imma there. The end zone dabbing quarterback of the Carolina panthers. The Carolina panthers are nfc champions. Reporter: Is saying the reason behind some of that criticism is the color of his skin. I'm an african-american quarterback that may scare a lot of people because they haven't seen nothing that they can compare me to. Gets up, skipping along, takes a bow. Reporter: Newton saying Wednesday his on-field exuberance is nothing new and that despite the criticism he's staying true to himself. I'm doing exactly what I want to do, how I want to do it and when I look in the mirror, it's me. Reporter: His comments lighting up the internet. Some claiming hypocrisy, the end zone dances of white quarterbacks are celebrated. Not maligned. While others saying of newton, a prerehearsed dance is never classy regardless of race. The panthers coach saying he identifies with his star player. Some people want to tag me as a hispanic head coach. I don't think he wants to be known as an african-american quarterback but as a quarterback and a great one at that. Reporter: For newton he says there's another reason his critics have him in their cross hairs. The only thing that changed is we're winning. Newton stressing he doesn't live for critics or to suit an image, that nobody has changed him. His fans hoping he doesn't change on the feel. A super bowl win would make hip the third quarterback to win the college national championship and super bowl, guys. He's really a target but fun to watch. Fun to watch and a lot of people say, hey, he's just being himself. Reminds me of Joe namath. Got to love that he chose number one too.

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