Cecil Newton , the father of Auburn quarterback (and prohibitive Heisman favorite) Cam Newton , announced today in a statement through his lawyer that he will not attend this weekend's Heisman Trophy ceremony. Here's the full text of his statement, via al.com:
"The events to take place in New York at the Heisman Trophy ceremony this weekend will serve as a crowning moment for the athletes and their families alike.
"For all of my fifty years of life, coupled with 25 years of marriage, I have made an exhausting attempt to be a good husband, father, and generally a good person of integrity. The past 60 days have caused all that my family worked to accomplish to come into question."
"So that my son Cam Newton can receive all the honors and congratulations that he has worked so hard to accomplish and without distraction, I have decided not to be in attendance at the Heisman ceremony, as it will perhaps rob Cam and the event of a sacred moment."
Now, technically, Cecil's original statement is here; we've chosen to reprint the modified version, since ALL-CAPS isn't very enjoyable to read. But if you want ALL-CAPS, by all means, be our guest and read that instead. Same words, just sort of shoutier.
Back to the point at hand, however, this is a wise move by Cecil. He would absolutely be a distraction at the event, and a constant reminder that the Cam Newton saga is currently (and likely forever) inexorably tied to his father and the large sums of money his father sought. It's a shame, but it's the truth. Without Cecil around, Cam is at least a little freer to just be the football player winning the Heisman in viewers' eyes, and that's all the ceremony ought to be about.