Suspended Or Not, The Cam Newton Investigation Is Everything That’s Wrong With The NCAA – SBNation.com
Sources … off-the-record requests … third parties with more specifics … Isn’t this how the game is played? What makes my Tyreke story any less legitimate than ESPN’s? What if I told you my source was a professional athlete? Would that make a difference?
My “reporting” here is as ambiguous and inconclusive as anything that’s been said over the past 10 days about Cam Newton. But if I worked for ESPN or the New York Times, maybe my word would be enough. Even the guys in Blue Chips did more legwork to fill in the backstory.
Indeed, if we’re going to talk about why Cam Newton embodies everything that’s wrong with college sports, we need to say this up front: More damning than any evidence against Newton is the blatant hypocrisy we’ve seen from the mainstream media. For instance, back in August, when a young reporter from the Chicago Sun-Times cited “a reliable source” suggesting John Calipari (Tyreke Evans’ old coach) paid $200,000 to a new recruit, it prompted members of the college basketball establishment to start crowing about journalism:
This is one of the best articles I have seen written about the Cam story and the bigger picture.
Let’s all get off of our high horses and talk about the truth.