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Monday, February 17, 2014
Newton: Sam would be accepted at Carolina

By David Newton

Cam Newton has no doubt Missouri linebacker Michael Sam, who recently announced publicly he was gay, would be accepted in the Carolina Panthers locker room.

In case you missed it, the third-year quarterback made this assessment on ESPN’s Sunday Conversation.

Newton and San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat down with ESPN’s Michele Steele to discuss several current issues as the two prepared to host the Cartoon Network’s Hall of Games sports award show on Monday at 7 p.m.

Kaepernick was the first to say Sam would be accepted, noting “when he steps into that locker room everyone is going to know he’s there to help us win games.’’

Newton agreed.

"His job is a linebacker,” he said. “Colin said it best . . .  we don’t worry about each other outside of football. Of course we have, ‘Are you OK? Is there anything I can help you with?’ But the main focus is, we’re football players. We’re here in this organization for one reason and one reason only. And if you’re helping us attain that winning success, your personal life is your personal life.”