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Cam Newton's Father Won't Attend Heisman Ceremony

| by Alex Groberman

Well, that answers it.

Ever since the finalists for college football’s most prestigious honor were announced this past week, the one question on everyone’s mind was whether or not Auburn quarterback Cam Newton would bring his father to the ceremony.

Today, Cecil Newton released a statement saying that he would not attend the ceremony so as to “avoid being a distraction.”

"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.

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"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

This, of course, comes on the heels of an NCAA ruling last week that said Cam Newton was unaware of a pay-for-play scheme created by his father and the owner of a scouting service. As a result, Cam Newton was declared eligible to play despite the NCAA finding that his father indeed sought money for him to go play with the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Newton has denied ever taking any money or requesting to take any money for his services on any college football team.