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Seattle fan wants to ban Cam Newton from the Seahawks field (no, really)

Cam Newton and teammates celebrate after winning the NFC Championship Sunday
Cam Newton and teammates celebrate after winning the NFC Championship Sunday

There’s a new petition on to ban Panther QB Cam Newton from returning to Century Link field in Seattle.

No, this is a real thing.

They’ve even got a Twitter hashtag: #BanTheCam

The petition was started by Seattle resident Andrew Tilton and, as of early Tuesday afternoon, he had more than 1,100 supporters.

“Cam Newton is one of the most unprofessional, unsportsmanlike individual on the face of the planet,” Tilton wrote on the page. “So I say for the 2016-2017 when the Panthers come to play in Seattle he should be banned from entering the stadium. This should teach him to put his arrogance in check!!”

Newton, of course, led the Panthers to two wins over Seattle this season, and after a NFC Divisional playoff win in Charlotte two weeks ago, a fan tossed Newton one of Seattle’s infamous 12th man towels and Newton (apparently jokingly) tossed the flag to the turf at Bank of America Stadium.

And more Cam-hate comes in from his hometown

Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Atlanta Journal Constitution writer Jeff Schultz notes that he got a tweet from a guy, who has since removed his account, that said “I wish (Cam Newton) would get hurt. He’s what’s wrong with sports.”

That led Schultz to write a few reasons why Atlanta doesn’t like its would be hometown hero.

Among them?

▪ Cam didn’t attend nearby Georgia and played for two of the Bulldogs biggest rivals -- Florida and Auburn.

▪ The whole stolen laptop thing.

▪ He’s a showboat.

Schultz does point out that “letter-writing soccer moms also fail to recognize that Newton picks out a child in the stands to hand a football to after every touchdown. Are Newton’s antics a bit much at times? Sure. But they’re all in fun. Every Falcons fan thought it was charming back in the days of Billy “White Shoes” Johnson’s dance. If you don’t like what Newton does, don’t let him get into the end zone. Or don’t watch.”

▪ Also, in today’s editions, the AJC writes that neighborhood residents voted down an idea to rename a street Cam Newton Drive.

You know why Cleveland’s Cavs fired their coach last week? Cam (kind of)

Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin was a guest on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” radio show Monday and referenced Cam Newton’s leadership as something his team was missing when it came to former coach David Blatt. Blatt was replaced by assistant Tyronn Lue last week.

"I think we're a team with extreme talent," Griffin said. "I think we're a team that had a lot of continuity because our ownership was willing to invest to an incredible degree in this franchise. We have enough talent, I believe, to be very competitive. What I don't think we have is a swag and a belief in one another. When you watch Cam Newton, he is the identity of the Carolina Panthers and he has absolutely no fear. When we play the best teams in this league, we don't play like that right now. And I think that's the most important thing we can change."

Postscript: Correct us, if we’re wrong, but don’t the Cavs have a guy considered to be the ultimate team leader in LeBron James?

Social Media Today

A few of the cool Panther-related items going around today, including a funny photo created by a local Panthers fan and a Facebook video going somewhat viral from last week’s Panthers-Cardinals game.