SEATTLE – The recent wave of online petitions by some Seahawks fans calling for a ban on Panthers quaterback Cam Newton and others may have backfired.
Another Seahawks fan has launched his own petition seeking an end to the petitions and letters, calling it “embarrassing.”
The trend started in November when someone wanted Fox Sports commentators Joe Buck and Troy Aikman banned from Seahawks games. The accusation was they were biased against the Seahawks. The petition has over 19,000 signatures.
After Newton and the Panthers beat the Seahawks in the playoffs last week, Newton was seen throwing a 12 Flag to the ground. That led to a letter on Facebook by a woman named “Sarah” to Newton, calling him “classless.” The letter went viral.
Then on Monday, a fan posted a petition to ban Newton from CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks’ home stadium. The Panthers visit the Seahawks next season.
“Cam Newton is one of the most unprofessional, unsportsmanlike individual (sic) on the face of the planet. 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!!” wrote Andrew Tilton on the petition posted on Change.org.
The petition was approaching 1,000 signatures Tuesday morning.
That was enough for Dean S. of Seattle, who posted a petition on Change.org Tuesday pleading for Seahawks fans to stop it.
“Fellow Seahawks fans, the letters you write chastising Cam Newton for tearing down a 12 flag in his home stadium and petitions you start trying to ban him from The C-link are making all of us look like pathetic, whiny (expletive). It only takes one or two of these stupid stunts to embarrass millions of 12s and make the rest of the country think we're a bunch of crybaby sore losers. Yes, we (along with the vast majority of football fans around the country) all think Cam Newton is an arrogant, unsportsmanlike, obnoxious (expletive), dating back to his ethically questionable and short-lived college career. But for (expletive) sake, get a grip. Grow up, get over it, start acting like football fans and knock it the (expletive) off. There are plenty of fans around the country who hate us and some of our players, too. It goes with the territory when you dominate the league. Let's show them we're the superior team and fanbase by our performance on the field and in the stands next year. And cool it with the cringeworthy letters and petitions (except this one). GO HAWKS!" wrote Dean.
Danny O'Neil, a host on 710 ESPN Seattle, posted his own petition titled "A petition to stop listening to stupid sports petitions from Seattle."
There are also two competing petitions directly targeting the author of the Newton petition. One calls for him to be banned from CenturyLink Field. The other wants him expelled from being a Seahawks fan.
Panthers fans are firing back, too. Parker W. in Greensboro, NC, is calling for a ban of Seahawks fans from CenturyLink Field.