Cam Newton’s father will not attend the Heisman Trophy ceremonies this weekend in New York where his son is expected to win college football’s highest award.
(Cam Newton wins the Walter Camp Award.)
Cecil Newton issued a statement through his attorney that said he does not want to be a distraction to his son, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, this weekend. The NCAA has concluded that Cecil Newton sought money for his son to play at Mississippi State, but have found no such arrangement involving Auburn. The NCAA ordered Auburn to grant Cecil Newton only limited access to the school.
Cecil Newton’s statement says:
“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.”
With Deepest Respect,
Cecil Newton’s statement was issued through attorney George Lawson.
Cam Newton told ESPN on Thursday that he did nothing wrong during the recruiting process.
Newton told ESPN: “It’s not for me to say but I know if I pick up the phone Cecil will be there.”
“My love for him is unconditional,” Cam Newton said. “This type of situation can split a family but it makes us stronger.”