"A lot of the criticism he's receiving is unfortunate and racially based," Moon told CBSSports.com. "I thought we were all past this. I don't see other quarterbacks in the draft being criticized by the media or fans about their smile or called a phony. He's being held to different standards from white quarterbacks. I thought we were past all this stuff about African-American quarterbacks, but I guess we're not.
"Of course there is racism in every walk of society. We've made a lot of progress in this country. But racism is still there. I just thought in the sports arena we were beyond it. I think the way Cam is being treated shows we're not."
Pro Football Weekly's Nolan Nawrocki blasted Newton in his draft preview and said the Heisman Trophy winner "lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness."