Cam Newton’s “Dab” has already angered the Tennessee Titans – now it’s angering their fans, too.
For those of you fortunate enough to have avoided this non-troversy, let’s bring you up to speed. During the Carolina Panthers’ victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Newton became the talk of the town when he broke into “The Dab,” a dance move made popular in Atlanta, following his game-clinching touchdown run. He apparently did the dance at the behest of his little brother, but the Titans didn’t appreciate the gesture, so linebacker Avery Williamson – who did some dancing of his own after sacking Newton earlier in the game – got in Newton’s face and let his feelings be known.
Newton danced some more, trolled the Titans postgame – “I’m a firm believer if you don’t like it, keep me out [of the end zone],” he said – then let the Panthers’ perfect record do the rest of the talking.
Of course, because we live in a world where people aren’t allowed to have fun, Newton received plenty of flack for daring to dance, and that reached a boiling point on Monday, when a concerned mother from Nashville, Tennessee penned a letter to the Charlotte Observer that took Cam to task for his in-game gyrations.
Rosemary Plorin was particularly upset because Newton’s Dabbing took place during her nine-year-old daughter’s first live NFL game, and she felt as though Newton acted like a “spoiled brat.” Seriously.
“[My daughter] was excited we were near the end zone, so we would be close to the ‘action,’ particularly in the second half,” Plorin wrote. “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.”
Oh, and there’s more. A whole lot more.
“Unfortunately, what you modeled for [the kids] today was egotism, arrogance and poor sportsmanship,” she continued. “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. Is that what your coaches and mentors modeled for you, Mr. Newton?”
There’s only one way to respond to this. Take it away, Panthers.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) November 17, 2015