Cam Newton loves his touchdowns…his opponents? Not so much. Cam Newton had quite the outing Sunday vs the Redskins at home, throwing five touchdowns
Needless to say, Redskins fans were not pleased. One furious fan went so far as to write a letter expressing her displeasure with the QB’s over-the-top amount of touchdowns he threw, embarrassing her team.
Dear Mr. Newton,
Congratulations on your win in Charlotte today. Our team played well, but yours played better. Kudos to the Panthers organization.
That game happened to be my nine year old daughter’s first live NFL experience. She was surprised to see so many Panthers’ fans filling up the seats for their now 9-0 team; that doesn’t happen much at fourth grade football games. And she was excited we were near the end zone, so we would be close to the “action,” particularly in the second half.
Because of where we sat, we had a close up view of your conduct in the fourth quarter. The chest puffs. The pelvic thrusts. The arrogant struts and the ‘in your face’ taunting of both the Redskins’ players and fans. We saw it all.
I refuse to believe you don’t realize you are a role model. You are paid millions of dollars every week to play hard and be a leader. In the off season you’re expected to make appearances, support charities, and inspire young kids to pursue your sport and all sports. With everything the NFL has gone through in recent years, I’m confident they have advised that you are, by virtue of your position and career choice, a role model.
And because you are a role model, your behavior brought out like behavior in the stands. Some of the Panthers fans in our section began taunting the Washington fans. Many Redskins fans booed you, a few offering instructive, but not necessarily family friendly, suggestions as to how you might change your behavior.
My daughter sensed the change immediately – and started asking questions. Won’t he get in trouble for doing that? Is he trying to make people mad? Do you think he knows he looks like a spoiled brat?
I didn’t have great answers for her, and honestly, in an effort to minimize your negative impact and what was otherwise a really fun day, I redirected her attention to the cheerleaders and mascot.
I could tell she was still thinking about it as we boarded a shuttle back to our car. “I guess he doesn’t have kids or a Mom at home watching the game,” she added.
I don’t know about your family life Mr. Newton, but I think I’m safe in saying thousands of kids watch you every week. You have amazing talent and an incredible platform to be a role model for them. Unfortunately, what you modeled for them today was egotism, arrogance and poor sportsmanship.
It’s doesn’t show any respect towards shitty quarterbacks that aren’t athletically and physically fortunate as you, and that’s not right. Also it’s demeaning to the other team, who has feeling you know.
Is that what your coaches and mentors modeled for you, Mr. Newton?
Cam Newton threw 4 touchdowns in just the first half and then tacked on one more, almost two, in the second.
The QB and his Panthers moved to 10-0 with the win.