"The Panthers pay Newton plenty of money," Fowler writes. "Charging for autographs in Charlotte seems a little cheap." Well, poo. I had no idea we had a personal earnings cap here in AMURRICA. If Cam Newton can make another $50,000 for a couple hours of work, he is a very lucky man and might be dumb for not doing this every week. And if he wants to spend it on a diamond stud earring or a Land Rover or underground royalty porn, he should do that too, because he's not bending anyone's arm to pony up the cash. As Fowler even notes, Newton already signs thousands of free autographs, all the time. Don't want to pay $150 bucks? Then don't! Go to training camp and get one there.
Newton spent his entire college career struggling against the imposed notion that an amateur player shouldn't be compensated for his value. He reportedly didn't struggle very hard, but that's not the point. He's a pro now, and he can get paid, and people are willing to pay him for his image and his presence. Fair compensation, set by an open market, to reward an athlete for his perceived worth. What a novel concept.