Former Auburn and current Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton spoke out on the Colin Kaepernick saga on Tuesday, stating that Kaepernick is being treated unfairly by NFL teams and should be on a roster.
“I really think it’s unfair, I think it’s unfair,” Newton said on Tuesday. “In my opinion, do I think Kaepernick is better than some of these starting quarterbacks in this league? Absolutely. Should he be on a roster in my opinion? Absolutely, there’s no question about it. Is he good enough to be on the roster? Is he good enough to be a starting quarterback? Absolutely.”
The controversy began last season when Kaepernick started to take a knee during the national anthem in protest of oppression of African-Americans in the United States. While other players have also taken part in the protest by kneeling, Kaepernick has taken the brunt of the criticism, being essentially persona non grata in the NFL.
Kaepernick, a 59.8 percent career passer in the NFL, has thrown for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns while also rushing for 2,300 yards and 13 more in the regular season. In six career playoff games, including a Super Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens in 2013, he has thrown for 1,374 yards and seven touchdowns, rushing for five more scores.
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