Cam Newton has been under the spotlight all NFL season long for his brash play and touchdown celebrations, landing back under scrutiny once more after his stunning Super Bowl 50 loss. During the post-game press conference, the Carolina Panthers quarterback abruptly left but has since explained his actions.
Newton’s Panthers squad fell 24-10 to Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos, never once getting a chance to show off his prodigious abilities. After being flustered for four quarters, it wasn’t a good time to speak to the current NFL MVP and he shared details of his mindstate after arriving back in Charlotte, N.C. with a throng of reporters.
Newton hasn’t spoken to the media in his previous four seasons on exit day, but he felt compelled to talk Tuesday amid the criticism. He said there were no regrets about how he handled himself after the loss.
“It happened,” he said. “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.
“I had a lot of time to go back and play everything back. I’m human. I never once said that I was perfect. I never proclaimed that I was perfect, but at the end of the day, people pick and do things of that sort.”
Carolina coach Ron Rivera said criticism of Newton was unfair. While he might have preferred Newton handle the postgame differently, he didn’t ask his quarterback to speak to the media on Tuesday.
Watch Cam Newtown’s comments via ESPN in the clip below.
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