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Josh Norman: If teams don’t like what Panthers are doing, ‘stop it’

The Carolina Panthers have run roughshod over the NFL on its way to a 13-0 record. And from Cam Newton — with his patented touchdown celebration dances — all the way down the roster, the team is having a blast doing it, much to the chagrin of critics and naysayers.

But as cornerback Josh Norman sees it, if the way in which the team goes about its business and enjoys its success ruffles the feathers of opponents, he has one piece of advice for them: Stop the Panthers.

Norman was making an appearance Tuesday on “The Rich Eisen Show” when he pointed out that the Panthers, while boasting a sizable contingent of veteran players, nevertheless feature a considerable amount of young players that are going to act their age, so to speak.

“We’re gonna do things men those age do, and we’re gonna do it in a way that you might not like for us to do it, but when we’re out here on this field, stop us,” he said, as transcribed by The Big Lead. “That’s just how I feel about it. If you see something that you don’t like, stop it. If you can’t stop it, move to the side and let it happen. We’re gonna have fun no matter what. This is how we express ourselves.”

Newton of course has been the main target for criticism due to his celebratory dancing — even being ripped by an irate mother of a young girl in an open letter — but the Panthers as a whole were ripped for an impromptu team photo taken on the sidelines during the team’s 38-0 rout of the Atlanta Falcons. The celebratory picture included Newton, Newton, running back Jonathan Stewart and 15 other players.

Newton has said that his celebrations take him to “a happy place” and doesn’t intend to change anything. It appears the team is following his lead and have no plans to change how they go about their business, either.

(image via CBS Sports)