Yardbarker- With the Seattle Seahawks set to face the Panthers in the NFL Divisional Round Sunday, the team's players were asked if Newton’s patented end zone dancing offends them.
“No, you get to the end zone in an NFL game, you deserve the right to celebrate,” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said, via ESPN. “I mean, you’ve worked hard, you’re a professional athlete. If you don’t get to celebrate in the pros, when do you get to celebrate? When do you get to show what you can do to enjoy yourself? I mean, this is a game. I think some people who’ve never played it, who’ve never expressed passion, sit behind desks all day and do that. Maybe you celebrate sometimes when you do something great, and nobody judges you, because nobody’s watching. But as you’re watching him, enjoy it. He’s enjoying it, he can enjoy his craft. If he wants to celebrate, that’s fine.”
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, meanwhile, shares the opinion of Newton and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman. “I don’t think anybody likes anybody that wins and tries to rub it in a little bit,” he said. “If you want somebody not to do something, you’ve just got to stop them. If you hold a team to zero points, then you don’t see any dancing.”
Whew, glad we dodged that bullet. I know you were all on pins and needles waiting for the answer and there it is. The upmost authority on appropriate displays of showmanship - the Seattle Seahawks - have deemed Cam Newton's dancing an acceptable way to celebrate touchdowns. I suppose in hindsight it shouldn't be that big of a surprise considering Doug Baldwin pooped out a football during the Super Bowl last year. I guess I'm not completely shocked that the loudest, brashest defensive back in the league doesn't have an issue with a little dabbing. Still, it's good to know that everyone will be on their best behavior come Sunday. I'm sure it's a huge weight off Cam's shoulders knowing that he doesn't have to be apprehensive once he gets in the end zone. As much as we wouldn't want to offend anyone out there, we also wouldn't want to jeopardize the authenticity of a traditional form of hip hop dance. Thank God the media was there to deliver the hard hitting questions or we may have never known what Michael Bennett was thinking as Cam Newton went through his entire coordinated routine. I didn't think he was the type of person to become outraged, considering he's not an old, stuffy, white sports personality, but it's always better to ask some questions then to know all the answers. Now we can all just enjoy Cam Newton cutting a rug without focusing on whether the Seahawks are insulted or not. I know that was my biggest concern heading into a matchup between a team that's been to back-to-back Super Bowls and a 15-1 juggernaut. How could I have fully appreciated a game of such a large magnitude if I wasn't positive that no one's feeling would be hurt during the course of it?