Former Alabama quarterback and SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy is the latest to jump on former Auburn and current Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
McElroy had some harsh words for the former Heisman Trophy winner during a show on SiriusXM College Sports Nation on Tuesday.
“I have big issues with the way Cam handled himself, not only on the field but in the post-game as well,” McElroy said. “If you’re going to act like Superman and call yourself Superman, you better be able to answer the tough questions, and he wasn’t able to do so.”
Newton has received criticism all week in regards to his actions during the Panthers’ post-game press conference, but McElroy didn’t have a major issue with that.
The thing that set McElroy off was Newton’s lack of hustle to recover his own fumble in the fourth quarter with Carolina only down by six points.
“What I have issues with is the way he did not jump on the fumble after he dropped the ball,” McElroy said. “I know he was getting beat up all game, but he jumped away from the ball when the ball is on the ground. I have never not one time see a player do that, especially a quarterback. His teammates will look at him a little different after that, especially his teammates on the defensive side of the football.
“It was as if he had given up, and it was a six-point game at that point. He jumped away from it. I will never get over that. I will still root for my Panthers, but I will always have an issue with Cam Newton moving forward. And it has nothing to do with the fact that I went to Alabama and he went to Auburn. It has everything to do with that he quit on his team.”
You can listen to McElroy’s comments in entirety HERE.