Cam Newton on Sunday became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 50 career touchdowns.
The Carolina Panthers quarterback then celebrated by holding up a clenched fist.
Newton said the fist was to signify “black power.”
“I did it to show black pride, because I am an African-American,” Newton added. “I wanted people to see the joy that I go out there and play with.”
Newton said sports have a way of unifying people.
“Unity is something that is going to cure a battered mentality in this country,” he said. “I feel as if we all stick together, if we all come together and listen here, speak, we can better help the situation.