CHARLOTTE, N.C. – One day after posting the mug shot from his 2008 arrest, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton opened up about why he chose to share the photo on social media.
“I always have it marked on my calendar each and every year,” Newton said. “I call it my resurrection day. A lot of me changed that day for obvious reasons.
“My biggest scar, in essence, being embarrassed being my biggest scar.”
"I call it my resurrection day" pic.twitter.com/MrO5RKk0J8— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) November 22, 2017
The post, which was shared on Newton’s official Instagram, has over 200,000 likes and nearly 9,000 comments. He was arrested on November 21, 2008, after he was found to be in possession of a stolen laptop. Newton, then a sophomore at the University of Florida, was charged with felony burglary, larceny, and obstruction of justice.
The 2015 NFL MVP said he’s “just trying to give hope” to anyone who sees the post and may be going through difficult times.
“When you get to a position of power or success, you forget the bridge that brought you over, forget certain things that happen,” Newton said. “I’m put here to be a servant. I’m just trying to impact and empower people.”
Newton said “it got real” when he was arrested following the incident, and that it instantly woke him up to change his life.
“I don’t want to be the poster child of perfection. I’m still a work in progress myself, so for me to say I’m perfected, I’d be lying,” he said. “It just proves that I still need to get better, and that’s not bad for a person to feel that way.”