Cam Newton Doesn't Get Fined for Handing Footballs to Kids in the Stands

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIDecember 15, 2015

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 8: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers hands the football to a young fan after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers at Bank Of America Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has made a habit of handing game balls to children in the stands after each of his undefeated team's numerous trips to the end zone this season.

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:

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 bestor 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.

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