With the Heisman Trophy ceremony less than 48 hours away, ESPN’s Chris Fowler snagged the first sit-down interview with Cam Newton following the NCAA’s ruiling last week that deemed the Auburn quarterback elegible.
Newton told ESPN he hadn’t directly asked his father what transpired between him and Mississippi State, but “at the end of the day I can look him in the eye and know he has my best interests at heart.”
Newton’s father has not commented publicly since the NCAA ruling was issued. Newton was asked if he thought his father had done anything wrong in the process. Newton said: “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.”
Newton credited his teammates and Auburn coach Gene Chizik with helping him through the 24 hours between when he was ruled inelgible and reinstated. “It was crazy for me,” he said.
ESPN has started airing clips from the interview on the network and is scheduled to air the entire conversation Saturday during the Heisman ceremony.