For the past few weeks, there has been a growing outcry from a certain segment of the sports fan base over the dancing moves of certain NFL players after they score during games. The main target has been Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who got a letter written by a mother to a local newspaper scolding him following the Panthers’ win over the Tennessee Titans.
On Sunday, another NFL player scored and had fun with his moves. This time it was Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce:
One could argue that what Kelce did was a lot more than anything Newton has done in the end zone this season and was certainly drawing attention to himself. So far, there has been no public criticism or op-ed pieces about it. That double standard was pointed out by ESPN anchor Robert Flores, who didn’t hold back about the reason he thinks Kelce isn’t getting heat:
ESPN’s Robert Flores takes shot at First Take over Travis Kelce and Cam Newton pic.twitter.com/VxCQYNZ5yP
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) November 30, 2015
There are going to be people that will dismiss Flores’ comments, but when Newton is having to justify his dancing but no one is condemning Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer for telling an opposing crowd to do something to his private area (and doing the hand gesture that goes with it), it’s hard to argue there isn’t a double standard.