Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton didn’t do himself any favors when he abruptly walked off the podium during his post-Super Bowl conference. Two days later no apology was issued, just him admitting that he was a “sore loser” and that he had no plans to “bend for anybody’s expectations.”
So what does Newton, the league’s MVP, think now that a few months have gone by? Well according to him, he now believes he could have handled things much better. Not to make excuses for his behavior but, unfortunately for him, the press conference was held right after the game, not giving him much time to process what had just happened and the NFL had placed the Denver Broncos’ media sessions within ear shot.
“The truth is, I represent something way bigger than myself,” Newton told Ebony the magazine, via ESPN. “I’m doing it for (my fans and family) and I felt like I let them down.”
“Who is anyone to tell me, ‘Man, it’s just an interview,'” Newton said. “You haven’t been in that situation. You didn’t have millions of people watching you. Your heart wasn’t pumping (with) the embarrassment or the anxiety of the stress of dealing with that type of game.
“I just wasn’t ready to talk. Was I mad? Hell, yeah! But there could have been a better way to control it, and that’s why I think having more time would have helped.”
Even Panthers coach Ron Rivera has defended his quarterback’s actions even suggesting that losing teams should not be subjected or put in the situation that Newton was. What do you think?
As for Cam Newton, this was the most extensive interview he has given since the Super Bowl. He is currently in Charlotte participating in offseason workouts and filming the final episodes of his new Nickelodeon television show.