This afternoon, Cam Newton made a rather shocking post on his Instagram and Facebook pages.
He posted an image of his 9-year-old mug shot on the anniversary of his arrest for the theft of a laptop.
In less than 5 hours, the post was shared over 1,000 times and has already attracted 1,300 comments;
The English translation of Cam’s post is;
“I contemplated posting this and even reluctant about it, but as I think about my life and the MANY things I’m THANKFUL for, I want to be an OPEN book so people can here my testimony and learn from the FLAWS and mistakes I MADE!”
“On this day 11/21/2008 I was arrested for a stolen laptop and I’m sure your asking yourself where is he going with this story.”
“The moral of the story is this … on this date I THOUGHT my life and my career was OVER and the fact that I had shamed my family with the media coverage surrounding this situation I vowed to myself on this day (9 years ago) that ‘I will be BETTER from this situation’.”
“What you must learn from this story is this: If you live your life listening to what OTHER people are saying what you should do AND NOT YOUR OWN, shame on YOU!”
“I can honestly say to you today that NO one gave me a chance to succeed down bad in my situation and if I would have listened to those people that said I CAN’T, WHO KNOWS where I would be today. So I’m EXTREMELY THANKFUL FOR GOD’s mercy, grace and FAVOR over my L1FE; so if I can do it with my circumstances surely you can do it and be WHATEVER YOU WANT TO BE with HARD WORK and PERSISTENCE!”
After Cam’s arrest, he struck a plea deal and had his charges dropped after completing a pretrial diversion program. Not long after, he signed with the Auburn Tigers where he won a national championship and the Heisman trophy.
Cam will be leading the 7-3 Panthers to New York this weekend to take on the Jets Sunday afternoon.