Everything seemed to be going right for ex-Auburn star Cam Newton this season, but Sunday night’s 24-10 Super Bowl 50 loss to the Denver Broncos proved to be anything but kind to the newly-minted NFL MVP and his Panthers teammates.
Newton, who did his fair share of boisterous celebrating as Carolina marched toward its Super Bowl berth, was a far cry from his usually jovial self after the game — so much so that he abruptly left his postgame press conference after answering only a few questions. (ESPN posted a transcript of Newton’s ultra-brief presser, which you can read here.)
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Panthers Cam Newton barely answered questions and here he exits pic.twitter.com/eNMDpv2sQH
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) February 8, 2016
And that display, predictably, drew some harsh criticism from a few well-known media members.
Cam's presser was weak. If you're going to celebrate when you win, you've got to face the music when you lose.
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) February 8, 2016
It's fair to call Cam a front runner now. Dude lives it up when things go well, turns into a whiny brat when they don't.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) February 8, 2016
BTW…I love Cam…great player, but wish he would've handled that press session better than that
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) February 8, 2016
Fair judgment or not, it certainly isn’t the first time Newton’s actions have been scrutinized by the press — his sideline demeanor notably became a storyline following his phenomenal rookie season in 2011, at which point he promised to handle himself the right way moving forward.