by Brandon Richard

The aura of excitement surrounding the return of the Charlotte Hornets isn't limited to the hardwood.

Before the Thursday Night Football game between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, quarterback Cam Newton was spotted warming up in a pair of Hornets-inspired Under Armour football cleats. One could also make a connection to Hornets point guard and fellow UA athlete Kemba Walker.

While you may be thinking about the legal ramifications, these cleats are likely just a one-off, and Newton switched into a team colorway for the game.

Are these the best cleats we've seen in NFL Sole Watch this season?

Cam Newton's Charlotte Hornets Under Armour Football Cleats (1)

Cam Newton's Charlotte Hornets Under Armour Football Cleats (2)

Cam Newton's Charlotte Hornets Under Armour Football Cleats (3)

Cam Newton's Charlotte Hornets Under Armour Football Cleats (4)

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