Cam Newton has been the subject of multiple preening letters that have been printed in the Charlotte Observer this season. Another reader wrote in for today:
One of the things I love most about Cam Newton is the boyish exuberance he displays when he gives a game ball to a young child after the Panthers score a touchdown. And yet, I hope he stops that practice for the Super Bowl.After each of his many touchdowns against Denver, I’d like him to hand the ball to someone for safe-keeping so it can be auctioned off online in support of deserving children’s charities in the Carolinas.
This letter isn’t scoldy as the other ones were, and I don’t doubt that the reader’s heart was in the right place. Nevertheless, demanding charity of others makes me feel uncomfortable for similar reasons as our site’s Ty Duffy did not like others’ attempts to impose activism on LeBron James.
Cam Newton has been giving young children stories for the rest of their lives in the form of footballs this season. There are any number of items he can auction off from the Super Bowl, or ways that he can devote his time to better the lives of others, and his doing so has been well publicized. His efforts to raise money or awareness for charitable entities should be his own personal choice.
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