The talk of sports world outside of the New England Patriots remaining undefeated, was Cam Newton dabbing on the Tennessee Titans
Cam’s celebration upset not only the Titans but also a mom who was in attendance with her 9-year old daughter, and she expressed her thoughts in an ‘Open Letter’ to Cam and sent it over to the Charlotte Observer
Dear Mr. Newton,
Congratulations on your win in Nashville 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. … 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 Titans’ 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.
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.
Is that what your coaches and mentors modeled for you, Mr. Newton?
1st off what’s the deal with the Panther’s home town paper even giving this lady the spotlight to get at Cam like that? SMH, but I will get back to that in a moment.
Then what’s the deal with this mother writing about not knowing what to say to her daughter about Cam’s celebration???
If you are having a hard time talking to your daughter about a football game and a player celebrating his accomplishments, what are you going to do when it’s time to talk about the ‘The Birds and the Bees’?
But let’s not get it twisted, this is about a woman and a child who are Titans’ fans and are upset their team lost. She doesn’t really care about sportsmanship. I have watched Titans’s game (I know sad) and there are plenty of defensive players gyrating after sacks. I may have missed something but I doubt there are Open Letters for those guys, hmmmmm….
Now getting back to the Charlotte Observer, what’s the deal? You have watched Cam play for 5 seasons, and watched this dude play hurt for your team and currently led your team to a 9-0 record. Defend your QB!!!
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!