Tennessee Mother Writes Scathing Open Letter To Cam Newton
A Tennessee mother was shocked by Cam Newton's "lack of sportsmanship" in Sunday's win over the Tennessee Titans, so she wrote the quarterback an open letter.
Cam and the Carolina Panthers are a perfect 9-0 and when Newton crosses the goal line, his touchdown celebrations haven't sat well with those who don't fancy his showboating ways. Opposing defenses have also been openly salty with his post-scoring behavior as well.
Newton has a simple solution for the NFL defenses that don't like seeing his celebrating:
Don't let him in the end zone.
That may be great advice, but what about mothers who can't play defense in the NFL?
Rosemary Plorin, a Tennessee mother, claims that her 9-year-old daughter was shocked by Newton's behavior and detailed her feelings in an open letter to Cam via 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. She was surprised to see so many Panthers’ fans sitting in our section of the stadium; 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 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.
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 hometown fans. Many Titans 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.
Is that what your coaches and mentors modeled for you, Mr. Newton?
So far, feedback on Piorin's letter has been mixed.
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