Cam Newton made headlines for wrong reasons lately, but is the chatter from opposing fans — and players — warranted?

The Carolina Panthers are 9-0 and Newton’s a major reason. His post-touchdown antics have drawn jeers from the cheap seats and many viewers don’t respect his showboat mentality … but football’s supposed to be fun, right?

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One Tennessee mother, citing her 9-year-old daughter, was appalled by Newton’s lack of sportsmanship in Sunday’s win over her beloved Titans and let him hear about it in an open letter to The Charlotte Observer this week.

Here’s much of that letter. It can be read in its entirety, here:

Because of where we sat, we had a close up view of your conduct in the fourth quarter. The chest puffs. The pelvic thrusts. The arrogant struts and the ‘in your face’ taunting of both the Titans’ players and fans. We saw it all.

I refuse to believe you don’t realize you are a role model. You are paid millions of dollars every week to play hard and be a leader. In the off season you’re expected to make appearances, support charities, and inspire young kids to pursue your sport and all sports. With everything the NFL has gone through in recent years, I’m confident they have advised that you are, by virtue of your position and career choice, a role model.

And because you are a role model, your behavior brought out like behavior in the stands. Some of the Panthers fans in our section began taunting the hometown fans. Many Titans fans booed you, a few offering instructive, but not necessarily family friendly, suggestions as to how you might change your behavior.

My daughter sensed the change immediately – and started asking questions. Won’t he get in trouble for doing that? Is he trying to make people mad? Do you think he knows he looks like a spoiled brat?

The mother finishes up by lecturing Newton on his stature in the spotlight and how he should use it to be a better role model.

What do you think of this fan’s opinion?