Cam Newton charged fans $125 for his autograph recently in North Carolina. Columnist Scott Fowler was outraged!
Newton has done almost everything right in Charlotte since he arrived. This, though, is a false step.
For some reason, it feels different to me when Newton is charging for autographs in Alabama. That was from a different time in his life. That’s like Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith going back to Dallas to charge for autographs (which they do).
In Charlotte, though? Newton shouldn’t charge for autographs in his current hometown. That’s part of just being part of the community.
[Pause to allow you to laugh.]
[Are you still laughing at the bolded part? I am.]
The temerity of the No. 1 pick and Rookie of the Year! Well, what would Mr. Fowler think of demigod Tim Tebow? According to this link (found by ESPN’s Jemele Hill), Tebow went back to Florida and charged a whopping $225 for an autograph – and you had to pay $50 more if you wanted something Bible-related. Where’s the outrage?
Before the draft, it was his smile. Now it’s the fact that he’s charging from his autograph – a practice virtually every athlete does. Man, people love to hate Cam Newton.