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Reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton addre sed the protests and riots in the Panthers’ hometown of Charlotte Wednesday. But hiscomments didn’t sitwell with Shannon Sharpe of FS1’s “Undisputed.“The African-American former NFL star cameclose to calling Newtonasell-out more interested in protecting his “brand” andcorporate sponsors thandoing what’s right on Thursday’s show.During a Wednesday pre ser,Newton said he’s “not happy” with the “state of oppre sion” toward theblackcommunity. And that we all have to be held"accountable,” including roguepolice.MORE:  Panthers prefer to stay in football bubble But the 27-year oldQB addedhe doesn’t judgepeople through a “black/white lens.” And that African-Americans have to “do right” by themselves. “We can’t be hypocrites.“The content and tone of Newton’s comments Wednesday, as well in recent Andrew Norwell Jersey  interviews this summer, were a far cry, Sharpe declared,from thepre-Super Bowl 50 comments whenNewtonadmittedhe “scares” some people because he’s an African-American quarterback.MORE:  National anthem protests in photos Here’s the full video of Sharpe’s comments:                  The Panthers have hired Republican spin doctor and pollster Frank Luntz to coach Newton on how to talk about race, notedSharpe.As Newton begins to understandthe “branding game,” he’s becoming moreMichael Jordan, le s Colin Kaepernick.Newton’s Vernon Butler Jersey trying to “play both sides of the fence,” said Sharpe.People “seehim as straddling,” said Sharpe. “So now theyre looking at him like, ‘Idon’t believe nothing Cam say.Because all Cam is saying is what seems to be right at the moment.’ MORE:  Give some thought to Ron Rivera’s point about football players Sitting opposite Skip Bayle s and moderator Joy Taylor,Sharpe said Newton got so much “blowback” about his “scary” comments during Super Bowl week, that he’s “softened” his Jonathan Stewart Jersey  public stance.White America is saying, ‘Cam Newton, you make $20-plus-milliona year. Youre one of the faces of the National Football League. You are the de facto face of the Carolina Panthers. Shut your mouth. We dont want to hear from you. Play football.‘“But he also said Newton should do and say whathe truly feels,even if it doesn’t please critics.Sharpe urged the people of Charlotte to protest peacefully—and haltthe looting and rioting.“We’re better than this,” he said.MORE:  Stephen A. Smith says Kaepernick’s ‘willing to die’ for cause At the opposite end of the spectrum, Stephen A. Smith of ESPN’s “First Take” thought Newton’s comments were real and sincere.“I thought Cam Newton reminded us of who he is. Ithought he spoke sincerely from the heart as opposed to somebody who was petrified of saying the wrong thing because he was scared of how it would be construedor interpreted. Thats why Iwas proud of him. Now theres going to be a lot of Mike Adams Jersey black people that’sgoing to get on Cam Newton. Because, especially during a time like this, for him to utter the words that we also got to do right by ourselves,we can’t be hypocrites, and thats all theyre going to hear. They’‘re going tobe all over him. Iwill tell those people to go hell. Hes right. Hes absolutely right. There is a certain level of accountability that we have to accept for ourselves. Because if were not caring enough about ourselves, we cant expect anybody to care about us.”