ESPN's Ryan Clark destroys Paul Finebaum over Cam Newton take
SEC Network analyst and radio host Paul Finebaum is being featured more and more on ESPN’s “Get Up.” Every week, he’s a staple on the show hosted by Mike Greenberg.
No longer just discussing college football, Finebaum now weighs in on a variety of topics on the show. Wednesday morning, the “Get Up” crew discussed NFL topics, including Eli Manning and Cam Newton, both of whom played in the SEC.
Yesterday, Manning was benched in favor of Daniel Jones. Manning, as he always does, handled the situation with class. Finebaum commented on that aspect Wednesday morning, per DeadSpin.
“I think it’s the right move but I also think you have to pause for a second and respect the way Eli Manning has handled this,” Finebaum said. “The Giants blew it a couple years ago, they probably should have gotten rid of him then but they held on and Eli took a beating but he still has shown the epitome of class.”
Later, the crew discussed Newton. The former Auburn signal caller has been struggling recently and aggravated a foot injury. His status for the Panthers next game is unclear. Finebaum exclaimed that this is the end for Newton.
“We’re not watching the beginning of the end,” Finebaum said “It is the end. It’s over for Cam Newton. I don’t know why we’re mincing words and trying to find a pretty way to put it. He’s a train wreck right now. He can’t do what he used to do and quite frankly, forget the sympathy tour. Cam Newton has never cared about anybody, other than Cam Newton. And that doesn’t mean he should be given the opportunity but he brought his franchise down. It’s over for Cam Newton, nice knowing you, but you’re done.”
Fellow ESPN analyst Ryan Clark, a former LSU and NFL standout, pounced on Finebaum.
“This is my only statement to that,” Clark said. “We just spoke glowingly about — not we. Paul just spoke glowingly about Eli Manning and he had been a dud for the last four years. You want to talk about bringing a franchise down? Eli has ruined that franchise. So we gotta take out how we feel about a dude because he’s a Manning, because we love him, because he gives us this, Aw shucks you can do whatever you want to me and I’m going to be okay about it. That’s not true. If we’re looking at it right now, Cam has more left than Eli has had for years.”
You can watch the full segment below:
Ryan Clark was not having it from Paul Finebaum this morning when he praised declining Eli Manning and trashed declining Cam Newton. pic.twitter.com/URoN0yxwmO
— Billy Michael Honor (@BillyMHonor) September 18, 2019