Tennesee Titans fan Rosemary Plorin is making headlines today after penning an open letter calling out NFL quarterback Cam Newton for celebrating a touchdown run during his Carolina Panthers’ trouncing of the Titans.
Plorin says she was at the game with her nine-year-old daughter when Cam’s celebratory dancing became an issue.
“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 … 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 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?”
The letter, as you probably could have imagined, didn’t sit well with a lot of folks who are saying Cam’s race is the only reason the mother penned the letter.
Cam Newton another victim of quarterbacking while black
— Process Truster (@harlockian) November 17, 2015
Cam Newton is having fun. Shut up, world.
— Rudy (@rudym55) November 17, 2015
Cam Newton is a domestic terrorist . His 10-second touchdown dance raised the U.S. terror level to Orange.
— Brianna Krümholz (@JustBeKrumz) November 17, 2015
Mom that wrote about Cam Newton said she redirected her daughters attention from Cam's pelvic thrusts to the cheerleaders. Isn't that worse?
— Mal (Jets 5-4) (@Dancing_Mal) November 17, 2015
Do you all feel the mother is right? Does Cam have an “obligation” to “behave” after scoring or nah?