Cam Newton’s “Dab” Dance rubs Tennessee the wrong way

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Playing sports requires a lot of high energy and the build up of those emotions are released when a big play like sacking the quarterback, getting a critical first down or scoring a touchdown occurs.

Against the Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton chose a prolonged way to celebrate the two-yard touchdown that gave the Panthers the 27-10 lead and it rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.

Most touchdown celebrations are spur of the moment and may only last a few seconds, but this time, Cam hit the Titans with the extended version of the hottest new dance called the “Dab.” The original dance took nine seconds but once Tennessee players decided to confront Newton about the length of it, he continued the dance another six seconds in a mocking manner. Eventually, officials had to break up the “conversation” and Cam eventually made his way to the sidelines to celebrate with the rest of his teammates.

Was it overdone, perhaps, but here is what Newton had to say about why he did the dance and some choice words about Tennessee defenders who were upset about him dancing:

 

“I’m a firm believer that if you don’t like me to do it then don’t let me in […] I just like doing it, man. It’s not to be boastful, and from the crowd’s response they like seeing it. […] Tell me what to do “Dab on them folks,” so I tried “Dab on them folks,” in that tone too. “Dab on them folks.” He’s only like 16, but he’s got an Adam’s apple out of this world.”

 

The coverage of the dance has gone viral and everyone has an opinion about it.

Here are some thoughts from a mom whose her nine-year-old witnessed the performance from the Nissan Stadium stands;

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.

I get she that is only being concerned mom by voicing her displeasure, but her perception of the entire situation is totally blown out of proportion. She clearly misinterpreted Newton doing a widely popular dance amongst the youth for “pelvic thrusts.” Newton chose to dance away from the Tennessee players and it wasn’t until Titans’ players confronted Cam and  had choice words for Mr. Newton that he continued the dance around them.
Maybe because this was her first game in person the mom wasn’t used to seeing all the on-field extracurricular activities that aren’t shown on t.v. because of commercial breaks or panning camera angles, and are silenced by the boom mic being cut off but football is a chauvinistic sport where grown men curse and do un-gentleman like things. None of those on-field actions exclude these same men from not being caring, upstanding, citizens off the field. Many of the greats who have played the game developed a switch that allows them to separate the two and it’s probably safe to assume that Cam has that switch as well.
Also taking exception to the dance was Tennessee interim coach Mike Mularkey
I think that’s a little rub-it-in-your-face type of deal, and there is a little code of ethics in the NFL and not a good move.
Once again maybe the dance did go a little long, but if you watch the video Cam was done celebrating and then Titans’ linebacker Avery Williams confronts him which caused Newton to extend the dance. And I wonder if he shared this same sentiment when Williams sacked Newton early in the game and did his version of the Drake’s “hotline bling” dance.
After seeing the initial backlash from the dance Newton went on to say this;
I try to make my game kid-like so people will see I’m enjoying what I do,” Newton said. “I can’t repeat it enough: I’m not doing it to be disrespectful to nobody. I’m more so doing it just to shine a light and give people a smile or just having fun doing what I do.”
The irony of all of this is that there was no flag thrown on Newton’s dance for the unsportsmanlike conduct despite the fact that the league claims to have a strict rule against taunting.
So if the refs didn’t see a problem with this, why the hell did the Titans players or anyone affiliated with the team have one???
The Titans only have two wins on the season and recently fired their head coach Ken Whisenhunt, so maybe Cam’s dancing was the tipping point of a bad season that was already spiraling out of control.
So here’s a message to the rest of the teams on the Panthers schedule, if you don’t want Cam “dabbing” on you, keep him out of the end zone!!!
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