In the wake of his Super Bowl 50 defeat, Cam Newton was a sore loser, pouting his way through a press conference before ultimately walking out on reporters mid-interview. On Tuesday, Newton was unapologetic for his actions, saying he’s not going to conform to what his critic want him to be.
What should people make of this? Should they judge Newton going forward? Perhaps even more so than they already have?
“He came out and said he was a sore loser, and it clearly showed up,” CBSSports.com NFL columnist Pete Prisco said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Look, it doesn’t matter to me if anybody ever talks. It really doesn’t. I don’t care. We can write around you, we can write down on you, we can do whatever you have to do. We can prop you up and rip you to shreds, whatever.”
But does Tuesday’s candid non-apology change how you feel about the guy?
“No, because I think legitimately he’s grown up and matured,” Prisco said. “I really believed that up until this Super Bowl and what happened after the game. Just go there, sit there and answer the questions. It’s a bad look for him. Bad look. He was just brutalized (during the game), but again, go in there and face the music.”
Newton apparently didn’t like that he was being interviewed in such close proximity to the Denver Broncos, whom he could hear celebrating their win.
Prisco didn’t have much sympathy.
“It’s not a great set up, but you just deal with it,” he said. “That’s what you do as a football player. You adjust to bad situations. I thought he handled it poorly. I thought yesterday it was really bad. He kind of magnified it even worse, but that doesn’t bother me. Do you know what bothers me more than anything? Go for the fumble. Go for the fumble.”
Newton fumbled in the final minutes of the fourth quarter with Carolina driving to potentially take the lead. Instead of diving for the fumble, though, Newton let up in his pursuit, saying later that he feared a leg injury.
Denver recovered and scored a touchdown on its ensuing drive, thus icing the game.
“In a regular season game, I can half-understand it,” Prisco said of Newton letting up. “This is the Super Bowl with the game on the line. Go get the ball. Next year if you’re his teammate, you look at him and you go, ‘Boy, he’s going to call me out for something I did? I could always point back to the Super Bowl and say, If you had dove for the football, we might have won that game.’”