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Cam Newton announces he’s retiring the dab celebration


Cam Newton was the NFL’s MVP last season, leading the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl, but he arguably attracted as much attention — not to mention controversy — for what he did after scoring touchdowns than reaching the end zone in the first place.

But Newton recently announced that his trademark celebration — the dab — will be retired before next season.

“I have to put that aside,” Newton said Thursday on WFZN-AM’s “The Mac Attack” show in Charlotte, via ESPN’s David Newton.

The brash Panthers quarterback became a catalyst for much hand-wringing, consternation and condemnation over his post-touchdown dances, with critics coming out of the woodwork to blast Newton for his celebratory antics, although several of his NFL colleagues defended him (here and here and here).

It reached such a level that a mother penned an irate Letter to the Editor in the Charlotte Observer, blasting the “role model” Newton, castigating him for a bevy of transgressions, including “pelvic thrusts,” “chest puffs” and “arrogant struts” that she insisted made a significant negative impact upon her fourth-grader daughter.

“Everybody is entitled to their own opinion,” Newton said in reaction to the mother’s criticism. “You can’t fault her for that. It is what it is. If she feels offended I’ll apologize to her, but at the end of the day I am who I am.”

Newton continued to defend his celebratory dances, saying that it takes him to “a happy place” and later adding he busts out his moves because there’s “greatness in the air” during the demonstrations.

But now that the dab is retired, Newton was asked what he has in store for next season.

“I have until September to find out,” he said.

Buckle up.