Cam Newton confirmed in a tweet that he's now a father. His girlfriend had a son last week.
My longtime girlfriend and I were extremely blessed to have a son last week. Our family is excited and thank you all for the well wishes!— Cameron Newton (@CameronNewton) December 31, 2015
I've been quiet about this because I didn't want to create a distraction for my team and appreciate the privacy in this joyous time.— Cameron Newton (@CameronNewton) December 31, 2015
Newton left practice early on Christmas Eve for what the Panthers called a "personal matter," in what was widely speculated to be the birth of his child. After he scored a touchdown against the Falcons in the first quarter of last week's game, he cradled and rocked the football, as if it were a baby, in celebration.