INDIANAPOLIS — Auburn players were paying close attention when Cam Newton’s post-Super Bowl press conference (or lack thereof) birthed a raging national debate in early February.
Did the Carolina Panthers quarterback handle himself correctly when, after the most disappointing performance of his career, he left his interview early?
Fans and media were split on the relevance of Newton’s flight.
Former Auburn cornerback Jonathan Jones was fine with the sequence of events.
“I think at the end of the day, he handled it correctly,” Jones told SEC Country at the NFL Scouting Combine Saturday morning. “You have to be yourself, and he was able to show himself. When you change up who you are, you give them a false image.”
Jones paid attention to the aftermath, unsure about the treatment Newton received across the country.
“It’s hard to say what fair is,” Jones said. “That’s the hard thing. That’s part of the media. The media’s job is to have a job. If they don’t have a story, they don’t have a job.”
Clearly, Auburn’s former Heisman Trophy winner is still in the good graces of one its most recent stars.
“Cam is gonna be Cam,” Jones said. “He’s a leader. He’s a great player. With that comes great responsibility. He’ll bounce back.”