Carolina Panthers' quaterback Cam Newton has been the topic of conversation for the last 48 hours and it's not because of his impressive play on the field. Instead, Cam is stirring up controversy because of his...dancing.
Cam is leading the Panthers to an undefeated season and he is in the running for the MVP award, but people are focusing on him dabbing in the end-zone. In fact, a Tennessee mom wrote an open letter to Cam saying how his dancing is setting a bad example for her daughter.
Rosemary Plorin, a Tennessee Titans fan who attended Sunday's game against the Panthers with her daughter, expressed in the letter that Cam's celebrations were a display of "egotism, arrogance and poor sportsmanship":
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.
To make the letter even more bizarre, she insisted that his dancing ruined her daughter's first NFL game experience:
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.
Well, Mrs. Plorin, if your beloved Titans were actually playing defense then maybe Cam's "negative impact" wouldn't have had any effect on your daughter's experience. It's sad that Cam Newton is being criticized for celebrating a touchdown instead of being praised for his dominant season.
You can read the letter in its entirety here.