Two days after the Carolina Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50, quarterback Cam Newton was a bit more talkative with the media. After drawing the ire of many for his short answers and disinterest in speaking with reporters following the loss, Newton spoke on Tuesday defending his actions.
“It happened. I didn’t want to talk to the media at the time. The truth of the matter is I really still don’t want to talk to the media. But at the end of the day, things have to happen.”
It’s understandable for Newton to be disappointed after the Panthers put together such a remarkable season, but much of the criticism stems from his erratic behavior. His in-your-face style of play and youthful nature was on display all season, making it all the more frustrating to see him shut down the way he did after the game.
Just like any other NFL competitor, Newton clarified that he isn’t a fan of losing. “I’ve been on record to say I’m a sore loser. Who likes to lose? You show me a good loser and I’m going to show you a loser. It’s not a popularity contest. I’m here to win football games.”
The confusing part is Newton has always seemed rather concerned with being popular among fans. His dancing, passion for the game, and ritual of handing the ball to young Panthers fans after scoring touchdowns has helped make him a universally loved figure – and the new face of the NFL.
But if he is to stay at the top, post-game interviews like his most recent one certainly need to become a thing of the past.