Rumors suggesting Newton was facing NFL-imposed fines for his conduct are unfounded. David Newton of ESPN.com confirmed as much Monday, contrary to a Facebook post claiming the star QB has been fined $5,512 every time he has made the classy gesture.
CBS Sports' Will Brinson showed a brief clip of Cam Newton's deed:
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Cam Newton deked an older kid on the football gift. Making sure the kid gets it https://t.co/RY3xRUDBl62015-12-13 18:20:04
Newton has guided the Panthers to a perfect 13-0 mark, accounting for 35 total touchdowns in the process. At 6'5", 245 pounds, he is the paragon of a dual-threat signal-caller, with the prototypical frame and rocket arm to complement his unique athleticism and prowess as a ball-carrier.
So it's no wonder that the 26-year-old has been finding paydirt so often despite playing with a receiving corps no one would rank among the league's best—or anywhere near such gaudy status.
The Dab celebration craze Newton has inspired and his charitable pigskin donations to younger spectators may rub some the wrong way. Whoever is uncomfortable with his harmless antics will have to deal with it, though, because all Newton continues to do is win games.
Newton has undeniable charisma, moxie and leadership, and he carries himself the right way on and off the field. For someone in pursuit of such lofty accolades as the league's MVP award and a Super Bowl title, he seems to have the proper perspective.