An unsuspecting sports anchor for WCNC-TV was reporting live at quarterback Cam Newton’s #KickingItWithCam event on the field of Bank of America Stadium when one of the balls hurled toward his head, away from his line of sight.
The video, tweeted by Riggs Friday night, surpassed 20,000 views by 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
As the video continues, Newton instantly wraps his arms around the unidentified guy who caught the ball as he tries to hop away from the Panthers quarterback, like a doomed gazelle from a lion.
To laughs and cheers from children at the event, Newton soon takes the ball and gives it a swift boot into the heavens. He dashes toward the WCNC-TV camera and lets out a “Yeaahh!!!” victory yell before running back to the rest of Friday’s event.
“When your live hit almost becomes the biggest hit,” Riggs posted with the video. “IM DEAD@nickcarboniWCNC .”
“You guys,” a smiling but still-startled Carboni tells the camera as he approaches the guy who caught the ball. “This guy right here just made the most amazing catch right in front us. Unbelievable. Back to you.”
The Cam Newton Foundation hosted Friday’s fifth-annual Kicking It with Cam! Celebrity Kickball Tournament. The foundation’s mission “is to ensure that children’s socioeconomic, educational, physical, and emotional needs are enhanced,” according to its website.
The Panthers also tweeted video and photos from the event, saying, “We hope you had as much fun as we did.”