• Cierra Bynum

With a bowed head and raised fist Cam Newton shows support for social justice

Cam Newton bowed his head and raised his left arm, hand clenched, as a salute to black power during the Panthers game against the New England Patriots on Oct. 1, 2017.

"I did it to show black pride because I am African American, but ... I want all people just to see ... the joy that I go out there and play with. Win, lose, or draw, it was a great win for us today and I just hope that I - not I, we as a team, put a lot of smiles on the beautiful people of the Carolinas," Newton told USA Today.

After all the protesting going on about President Trump's criticism of the NFL players, several teammates stood on Sunday during the national anthem with their arms locked or hands on each other's shoulders. Other players knelt before the anthem but stood during the anthem.

Newton doesn't dispute the protesting or say anything to the players who kneel, but Newton stands for the flag. "I stand for the national anthem and I don't look down upon a person who doesn't feel they want to. You have to respect another man's judgement for why they're protesting," Newton told USA Today.

"We cannot forget the fact that sports brings people together, for the two hours, three hours, whatever a time that a sporting event is one or your team is playing... people from different shapes, colors, creeds,ethnicity, and culture come together. At that moment, they're rooting for the same thing. I feel as if we all stick together, if we all come together and listen, hear, and speak we can better help the situation. We get nowhere divided," Newton told USA Today.