Originally posted by 49erFaithful6:Originally posted by confusedrhino:
I'm all over Newton. Most physically gifted QB to come out since Vick, and he also happens to be the #2 rated passer in all of college football. Pretty cool dude too! Only concern is maturity.
I'm positive that with Harbaugh, he can form the offense around Newton and make him an absolute star.
This my friends is a big concern. Agreed that it is the only concern. But imo, maturity will probably sink Newton's NFL career.
Newton seemed almost relieved last month to explain the situation. A lot of people don't know the truth, he said. In the aftermath of his arrest, many headlines suggested Newton had stolen the laptop. Reporters and bloggers alike made the logical leap that Newton had taken the laptop from another student and then tossed the evidence when the police discovered the perpetrator. They were half right, Newton said.
It is true that Newton asked police for a moment to call attorney Huntley Johnson -- Gainesville's version of Matlock -- and then disposed of the laptop. "I panicked," said Newton, who completed a pre-trial diversion program to get his charges dropped. "That was the stupidest thing I could have did."
But, Newton said, he did not steal the laptop. He bought it. And the story of how he came into possession of the laptop should make it abundantly clear why so many hotels post signs warning guests not to hang clothes from the overhead fire sprinklers.
That's precisely how Newton's trouble began. He said he had placed dress clothes on a hangar for a class presentation. Before he had a chance to put them on, teammate Deonte Thompson visited with his baby daughter. Fill in any scene from Daddy Day Care that you'd like, but the upshot is that a distracted Newton hung his clothes from the fire sprinkler.
"It was like Old Faithful," Newton said. "From the third floor down, it flooded everything. But it started in my room. My laptop was destroyed. My TV was destroyed. All my clothes. All my shoes. Everything was destroyed."
On every college football team, somebody knows a guy who knows a guy who sells stuff out of his trunk. Newton said he was introduced to one such gentleman. The budding entrepreneur asked Newton if he needed clothing. "I'm 6-6, 240 and I wear a size 14 shoe," Newton said. "There was nothing I could wear."
But, Newton said, he did need a laptop. "Oh, I've got a laptop," Newton remembered the man saying. "The price that he gave for it," Newton said, "it was really too good to be true."
Indeed it was.
So Newton paid $120 and took possession of a computer valued at more than $1,000. He knows how stupid it sounds now. He also understands now that buying stolen property isn't much better than stealing. "Knowing what I know now, would I have done it? No," he said. "I wouldn't even think twice about doing it. But I did it. I made my mistake." Police found the computer because Newton, thinking he'd bought it free and clear, used his university account to log on to the Internet. After several days and multiple logins, police swarmed Newton's dorm room. "I'd never seen so many police officers," he said.
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One wrong move after another. Wonder if his Wonderlic will be over 5? I question how bad he wants to be great in the NFL. He could be another Russell.
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Jan 5, 2011 at 11:35:02 ]