George O. Lawson, Jr., issued this statement on the behalf of Cecil Newton:
The events to take place in New York at the Heisman Trophy ceremony this weekend serve as a crowning moment for the athletes and their families alike.
For all of my fifty years of life, coupled with 25 years of marriage, I have made an exhausting attempt to be a good husband, father and generally a good person of integrity. The past 60 days have caused all that my family worked so hard to accomplish without distraction, I have decided not to be in attendance at the Heisman ceremony as it will perhaps rob Cam and the event of a sacred moment.
With Deepest Respect
Newton, who was selected the AP and Coaches SEC Offensive Player of the Year, is also a candidate for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, The Maxwell Award and the Davey O'Brien Award which will be announced on Thursday night. The quarterback set a single season scoring record for the Tigers this year and set an SEC record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season.