It’s becoming tougher and tougher to deny that there’s anything Cam Newton can do that won’t bring some sort of “controversy.”
We put controversy in quotation marks because most of the issues surrounding the Carolina Panthers quarterback are fabricated, petty and generally speaking, an enormous waste of time. The latest problem likely would check off all three of those boxes.
Newton’s made seats around the end zone in Charlotte the place to be on Sundays, as he and his teammates have developed the practice of handing touchdown balls to children seated behind the end zones.
Seems innocent enough, right? Also seems pretty genuine. Definitely a nice gesture. But Charlotte’s own Mike Daisley wrote a letter to the Charlotte Observer, and he doesn’t necessarily have a problem with Newton giving away the footballs, but …
“One of the things I love most about Cam Newton is the boyish exuberance he displays when he gives a game ball to a young child after the Panthers score a touchdown,” Daisley wrote. “And yet, I hope he stops that practice for the Super Bowl.”
“After each of his many touchdowns against Denver, I’d like him to hand the ball to someone for safe-keeping so it can be auctioned off online in support of deserving children’s charities in the Carolinas.”
It’s certainly not a bad idea, but Cam’s current practice probably isn’t a huge deal.