Cam Newton is right.
He is just a football player after all.
Newton used that tired cliché to deflect a question about the 2016 presidential election at Super Bowl 50 Opening Night here on Monday. Newton may as well have said the same again when asked to clarify last week's comments about how his success as an African-American quarterback "may scare a lot of people because they haven't seen nothing that they can compare me to."
Anyone hoping Newton would use his Super Bowl platform to expound upon racial relationships and the stereotyping he believes he has received should be sorely disappointed. Not that he is obligated to go there.
Newton, though, is clearly trying to put the genie back in the bottle after his statements created a buzz he didn't anticipate.
The brouhaha stems from a question Newton answered about why he receives an inordinate amount of criticism from fans and some media for a plethora of things not related to football itself. The Carolina Panthers have received stacks of hate mail directed toward Newton and fielded angry phone calls for relatively benign incidents like his celebratory antics and being accidentally caught swearing on a television playoff telecast. Internet posts fueled by anonymous trolls, especially those with a racist bent, bring a whole other level of hate.