Immediately following the Denver Broncos 24-10 defeat of the Carolina Panthers at Super Bowl 50. The most talked about topic was not the fact that Peyton Manning got his second championship ring, or that Panthers LB Thomas Davis played in the game with a surgically repaired forearm that he broke two weeks prior. Instead, the main point of contention was Panthers QB Cam Newton walking out of a post game press conference when being questioned by the media.
Sulking and giving one word responses to each question, he up and walked away after hearing Broncos DB Chris Harris talking about how they shut him down nearby. Since then, the entire media has been in a firestorm, lambasting Cam for walking away from the press conference, highlighting that he was very celebratory when the team was winning but couldn’t face the music when the team lost the big game.
Today, Cam faced the media once again as the team was emptying out their lockers, giving more extensive and composed responses, but still not apologizing for walking out.
I heard numerous quotes about, what if this person was in that situation, how would he have handled it? We’ve seen this person do that, how would he have handled it? Truth of the matter is, i’m not trying to be this person or that person. I’ve said it since day one, I am who I am, I know what I’m capable of and I know where I’m going. I don’t have to conform to anyones expectations of me.
He went on to admit that he doesn’t handle losing well, but won’t be changing his ways anytime soon.
I’ve been on record to say i’m a sore loser. Who likes to lose? You show me a good loser and I’m going to show you a loser. It’s not a popularity contest, I’m here to win football games […] For me, nothing is really going to change. You get what you get.
Watch the full interview HERE.