I have seen this up close. He scares defensive backs 60 pounds lighter than he is trying to tackle him. He scares some little kids because he looks like a giant, which is why he drops to one knee so often to talk to them.
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Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, left, waves to fans as he leaves practice on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Jeff Siner jsiner
And he scares some conservative folks, and some folks in the football establishment, and some folks who don’t cotton to dancing, and a few folks who are – no two ways about it – just plain prejudiced.
This is a topic that Newton has danced around for most of his five years in the NFL.
He stopped dancing Wednesday.
“I’m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people,” Newton said, “because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to.”
Based on the emails I have received for five years on this topic – some of them thoughtful, some of them hateful – he is right.