Cam Newton Comments on End-Zone Dances, TD Celebrations

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2015

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates a first down against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
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Some players and fans around the NFL have not been proponents of Cam Newton's dancing over the past week, and Wednesday, Newton spoke with the media and made it apparent he wasn't going to stop dancing after making big plays anytime soon, per ESPN.com's David Newton.

"It takes me to a happy place," the Carolina Panthers signal-caller said. "I remember when I was in high school I used to look up to guys and mimic [them]. Now they're doing the things I do. People are looking at you whether you want them or not. When I see people do the celebration I do, it makes me happy."

Newton drew the ire of the Tennessee Titans and a particular fan during the undefeated Panthers' 27-10 Week 10 win Sunday when he "dabbed" after scoring a two-yard touchdown.

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The fan, Rosemary Plorin, wrote to the Charlotte Observer, condemning Newton's celebrations and saying they were a display of "egotism, arrogance and poor sportsmanship."

Newton addressed the letter Wednesday:

Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. You can't fault her for that. It is what it is. If she feels offended, I'll apologize to her, but at the end of the day, I am who I am. I'm not doing it to be disrespectful to nobody, more so just doing it just to shine light and get people a smile and having fun doing what I do.

He's been drawing support from some players, including San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith and St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long:

Newton, 26, is in his fifth year out of Auburn, where he won the Heisman Trophy and a BCS National Championship before being selected first overall by the Panthers in 2011.

For the season, he has 2,037 passing yards with 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions as well as 366 rushing yards and six TDs on the ground.

On Sunday, the 9-0 Panthers will look to remain undefeated when they take on Washington at home.