Cam Newton’s MVP season was nothing short of spectacular and transformative. Despite the success and accolades, his campaign was marred by controversy and, at times, latent racism with social media armchair quarterbacks questioning everything from his dress to his dance to his leadership abilities. His polarity was never more on display as it was in his Super Bowl showdown with the “Sheriff” Peyton Manning, who shortly thereafter was met by his own character coming into question. Our panel explores the nuances and prejudices of sports coverage in the digital age where everyone has a microphone, and social tensions run high.

• Mod: Michael Tillery, The Starting Five
• Eric Edholm, Yahoo! Sports
• Yussuf Khan, The Shadow League
• Ron Glover, The Starting Five
• Shana Renee Stephenson, All Sports Everything
• Will Carroll, FanDuel