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The Dab Heard 'Round The World by @keepitrealcole

The Dab Heard 'Round The World by @keepitrealcole

The Dab Heard ‘Round The World

Whether you watch football on Sunday afternoon, or you watch the news on Monday morning. Whether you’re on a newspaper route, or on any type of social media, you’ve probably heard by now that Cam Newton DABBED ON DEM FOLKS!!! (it’s a habit, I’m sorry). While the Panthers not only won the game in style, Cam Newton also completed his first 11 passes, finishing the game with 217 passing yards, one rushing and one passing touchdown, and helped his team add another victory to their 13 game winning streak. However, ‘white on time’ White America is upset with Cam Newton and his DAB! See, I told you, habit…

Here’s the problem with you if you find yourself upset with Newton (pardon my “let me tell you a little something about yourself” moment, but it’s necessary):

Did you miss Drew Stanton celebrating a touchdown on the sidelines with a number of dances? That’s a trick question because you literally couldn’t miss it, he followed the play down the field and the cameras caught every second. Did you miss Carson Palmer doing a crotch chop directed at the fans themselves? Another trick question, because the cameras cut right to Palmer as he was doing it as the announcers laughed about it. How about when “America’s sweetheart” J.J. Watt made a gun reference when talking about Andy Dalton during a post-game interview while the world is in an extremely gun sensitive state of emotion at the moment? I know it wasn’t that cruel of a joke but I’m trying to make a point.

While the aforementioned players “celebrated in joy” Cam Newton somehow managed to find a way to “violate a code of ethics” among the NFL (I don’t even think those things exist anymore, they seem more like a way for people to be upset about something they created in their heads). The same quarterback who took the time out of training camp when he saw a fan in a wheelchair on the sidelines to gave him the shoes off his feet, the skull cap off of his head, and signed EVERY PIECE of Carolina Panthers gear he was wearing, is now a “bad role model” in the eyes of a parent who wrote a letter to Cam Newton about his touchdown celebration. This all feels like a sequel of Footloose. Here’s the problem with the letter from the Tennessee parent (and there’s a lot wrong so I’m just going to be brief and hit as many of them as I can).

Your job as a parent is to be a parent. That includes, but is not limited to, explaining to your son and/or daughter that the “chest puffs, the pelvic thrusts, the arrogant struts and the ‘in your face’ taunting” are part of the game and if you wouldn’t say a word if it was YOUR team that scored, then you can’t say a word if it’s THEIR team that scored. If you don’t want your son and/or daughter to hear the boo’s and obscenities and “offensive” behaviors at the games, then simply don’t bring them to the game until you feel ready as a parent to have that conversation with them. Sure, NFL games are fun and a great moment to experience for any child but let’s not forget where the grown-ups table is located.

What you’re telling your son and/or daughter, whether you know it or not, is that you also don’t want your children to be different. Not only is Cam Newton a great NFL quarterback, but he’s also one of only five black starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Cam Newton is also leading his team every week to an undefeated record of 9-0, so you’re also telling your child to not chase perfection, history, and greatness. Aside from everything else, you’re also telling your son and/or daughter that you don’t want them to be good and confident in their abilities. Cam Newton is the second-best quarterback in the NFL in many rankings (second only to Sir Thomas Brady aka GOAT. Deflate deez nuts, Indianapolis) and finding a way to win every single week. I’m sure you tell your son and/or daughter that they should always have fun when they’re playing a sport and competing. Let’s not throw a fit when Cam Newton still finds a way to have fun every week.

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