A former NFL player is coming out with a book detailing the early years of his career that he believes helped inspire the current law that allows prosecutors to pursue sexual assault cases involving players convicted of nonviolent offenses.
Johnathan Newton, whose career spanned from 2005 to 2012, released his book, “A New Newton: A Journey From Scratch,” on Tuesday, telling reporters that he had always planned to write about the time when he became a father of two.
Newton said he had never considered making a documentary film about his time with the New York Giants.
He said the book will be an important tool for the players’ advocacy and will be a “great resource” for their attorneys.
“I’m very fortunate to have played for two teams, but I’ve never considered writing about the NFL,” Newton said.
“I’m just going to be doing what I’m doing now.”
Newton, who had played in the NFL since his early days in 1998, spent his first two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, but left the team after he was arrested for domestic violence in 2005.
He played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs in 2007 and 2008, but was released in 2009.
He played professionally for the New Orleans Saints in 2011 and 2012 before signing with the Giants in 2013.
During the 2013 season, Newton’s career suffered a blow when he suffered a season-ending torn Achilles tendon, forcing him to miss all of the next season.
He was re-signed with the Packers in 2016 and signed with the Rams in 2018.
He appeared in two games with the Saints in 2017, but then signed with Denver on July 5 and was cut July 31.
The former New England quarterback said he was looking forward to sharing the book with NFL fans, but he said he would only do so if his book was given a fair chance.
“The truth of the matter is, there was no ‘new’ Newton,” Newton told reporters.
“The book was written a year ago.
And I wanted to give that book the same chance that I gave everything else that I’ve done over the years.”
Newman’s book, which will be released in March, is expected to draw the attention of NFL players who have been involved in domestic violence cases.
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is serving a life sentence for killing Odin Lloyd, has been the most prominent figure in the debate over whether former NFL players should be able to pursue cases involving NFL players convicted on charges of domestic violence.
The NFLPA, the NFL Players Association and former New York Jets safety Jairus Byrd have all pushed back on the idea that former players should have the ability to pursue legal cases against players who are accused of violence against women.
Newman, who said he still considers himself a “new man,” said that he is confident that he can make an impact in the fight for civil rights in America.
“This is a new dawn,” Newton added.
“We’ve got to fight for equality.
We’ve got a lot of work to do.”