Cam Newton followed a disastrous Super Bowl 50 performance with a disastrous public relations move, ditching his press conference after the Carolina Panthers’ 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.
Playing in the biggest game of his life, Newton turned the ball over three times while failing to account for a single touchdown.
Afterwards, the quarterback mumbled a couple short answers in his press conference before standing up and leaving early. Social media criticism poured in quickly, and NFL legend Deion Sanders was one of many former players who called Newton out for the quick exit.
“You are the face of our brand right now,” Sanders said, according to FoxSports.com’s Ross Jones. “You can’t do that. I understand the emotions of losing. You can’t do that. A Manning, a Brady, all of those guys who have been prototypical [guys] would never do that.”
Newton is known for his on-field celebrations and cocksure attitude when things are going well — as they did for most of Carolina’s 17-2 season.
Sunday was a big exception, and Sanders noted an element of hypocrisy in Newton’s response.
“You can’t be dabbin’, smiling, styling and profiling when you win,” Sanders said, “so this is how you go out when you lose?”