Earlier this week, a mother of a young Tennessee Titans fan harshly condemned Carolina Panther Cam Newton in an open letter concerning a certain touchdown dance by the quarterback.The letter, which was extremely serious for a letter about dancing, went viral. The arrogant struts and the ‘in your face’ taunting of both the Titans’ players and fans," the letter reads in part.
After seeing Newton's empathetic, but prideful and fun-loving response, Rosemary Plorin of Nashville, Tennessee, the mother who wrote the letter to Newton, came to a new understanding about the Panthers' star quarterback.
She said as much in an email written to The Charlotte Observer on Thursday: I really appreciate his comments and his respect for my thoughts, and I was impressed with the sensitivity and graciousness with which he spoke.
I am sorry I didn’t understand him better until this week.
It is clear from his remarks that he recognizes his leadership role, both on and off the field, and that he truly cares about the kids watching him.
I respect his comments just as much as he did mine, and I wish him nothing but continued success on the field and in life.
Plorin's initial letter went viral this week after it was published in The Charlotte Observer following the Panthers' 27-10 road win over the Titans on Sunday.Plorin reacted strongly, and wrongly, to a series of Atlanta-based hip-hop dance moves -- the "Dab" and "Hittin Dem Folks" -- that Newton laid down after scoring a two-yard touchdown on an awful Titans football team.Plorin brought her daughter to her first NFL game that day, and was sitting right in front of the endzone Newton danced in.Ostensibly, she questioned Newton's status as a role model: 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.