Cam Newton: Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s response to the Super Bowl 50 loss has been the subject of much discussion in recent days and Newton addressed it as players cleared their lockers in Charlotte on Tuesday.
Newton didn’t have much to say to the media during a sulky post-match appearance in the interview room at Levi’s Stadium and briefly walked away from the podium, likely because of what he said. could hear jovial Broncos players say from across a wall erected between the two teams. On Tuesday, Newton agreed with those who called his reaction a sore loser behavior.
“Show me a good loser and I show you a loserNewton said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “Yes I offended someone, that’s cool… I don’t have to conform to anyone’s wishes for me. I’m not that guy. It’s a big league with or without me. I am my own person. “
The problem with this is that a lot of players and coaches who no one would describe as a loser were able to deal with the aftermath of a loss without Newton’s reaction on Sunday night. It’s pretty hard to say that this group is less keen on winning than Newton, although giving those answers after the game or some variation that illustrated how hard it was for him to accept losing would probably have elicited a lot less reaction. .
The group of people who handled him better include several of his teammates and head coach Ron Rivera, who defended Newton in an appearance on PFT Live Tuesday while adding that the quarterback must “learn and grow”Of the Super Bowl experience.
Rivera also said he had “no problem” with Newton not diving for his late fumble that set up CJ Anderson’s touchdown. Newton also addressed this on Tuesday.
“I don’t dive on a single breakaway because the way my leg was – it could’ve been [contorted] in a way, ”Newton said. “OK, you say my effort. I did not dive. I fumbled. It is very good. But we did not lose this game because of this fumble. I can tell you that. “
Newton added that anyone’s expectations of him are no greater than his and that the Panthers will be back in 2016. Their ability to meet those expectations will continue to be debated for the many months to come before he can see him. they cannot return to the field to prove it.