Viral letter from angry mommy blasts Cam Newton’s touchdown dancing

5 months ago

One of the highlights of last Sunday’s slate of games was watching two quarterbacks, Arizona’s Drew Stanton and Carolina’s Cam Newton, independently dance like nobody was watching when their squads made a big play.

The display from Stanton on the sidelines was solely awkward and awesome…

… while Newton’s dance was more about trolling and trash-talking but still instead fun to watch 😀 TAG 4 TT

While Stanton’s move has significantly escaped criticismand from all that I’ve find, has been praisedsome people didn’t appreciate Newton’s moves and his attitude.

And at least one wrote a letter to the editor of the Charlotte Observer , saying that she, as a mother of a nine-year-old who was attending her first game, was disappointed by Newton’s celebration. Yes, really.

Titans fan Rosemary Plorin wrote that her daughter was aroused to be seated in the end zone so close to the action. Until Newton began dancing, virtually causing an on-field brawl with the frustrated Titan players.

Wrote Plorin:

Because of which is something we sit, we had a close up opinion of your conduct in the fourth quarter. The chest puffeds. The pelvic thrusts. The arrogant struts and the in your face tease of both the Titan players and fans. We watched it all.

I refuse to believe you dont realise you are a role model. You are paid millions of dollars each week to play hard and be a leader. In the off season youre expected to make appearances, subsistence charities, and inspire young kids to pursue your sport and all sports. With everything the NFL has gone through in recent years, Im confident they have advised that you are, by virtue of your position and career option, 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 segment began taunting the hometown fans. Many Titan fans booed you, a few offering instructive, but not inevitably household friendly, suggestions as to how you might change your behavior.

My daughter sensed the change immediately and started asking questions. Wont he get in difficulty for doing that? Is he trying to attain people mad? Do you think he knows he looks like a spoiled brat?

I didnt have great answers for her, and candidly, 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 .

( As an aside, before you get too entrenched in using NFL cheerleaders as role models, one should remember this. And this .)

Continued Plorin: “Unfortunately, what you modeled for was egotism, arrogance and poor sportsmanship.”

Newton also depicted joy, coordination, athleticism, and how to stand up for one’s ego( the Titans had been taunting and trolling Newton earlier in the game, just like every NFL team does ). Also, you, as a parent, should know what sitting in the stands of an NFL game is like. Whether Newton is playing or not, it’s usually not a nice place for a nine-year-old child to be.

But why does Stanton get a free pass when Newton is the one targeted by the puritanical letter-writers? Besides, with Greg Hardy still prowling the sidelines of every Cowboys game and with concussions and their aftereffects still confounding video games, doesn’t the NFL and its fans have more important things to worry about when it comes to pro football?

Or, Plorin could just direct her daughter to this websiteso she can find out what else Newton does with his time besides scoring touchdowns and dancing?

But if we’re going to blame Newton for his immaturity or for his attitude or for whatever, let’s forget about his dancing and be concentrated on things thatactually could be problemsfor the impressionable youth that might look up to him. Because stealing and destroying somebody else’s property is wrong. But dancing is always right.

Photo viaKeith Allison/ Flickr( CC BY SA 2.0 )

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