Cam Newton Responds to Criticism Following Super Bowl Press Conference

February 9, 2016 Updated: February 9, 2016

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton responded Tuesday to the criticism surrounding his walking out of a press conference after roughly three minutes following the team’s Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos. (It also could have been due to the fact he was in such close proximity to some celebratory Broncos.)

“I’ve been on record to say I’m a sore loser,” said Newton at his locker Tuesday, according to a report in the Charlotte Observer. “Who likes to lose? You show me a good loser and I’m going to show you a loser.

“I didn’t want to talk to the media at the time and the truth of the matter is I still don’t really want to talk to the media, but at the end of the day, things have to happen.”

Newton also addressed his not falling down to recover a fumble late in the game.

“OK. I didn’t get the fumble, but we can play tit for tat,” Newton said. “I’ve seen numerous quarterbacks throw interceptions and their efforts afterwards…they don’t go. I don’t dive on one fumble because the way my leg was, it could have been (contorted) in a way.”

“Well I ain’t got no more tears to cry. I’ve had a lot of time to think about it. I’ve seen so much blown out of proportion. At the end of the day when you invest so much time, when you sacrifice so much and things don’t go as planned, I think emotions take over. I think that’s what happens.”

He also summed up the team’s successful, bittersweet season. “The truth of the matter is we’ve got two losses. Some teams had two losses the first two weeks.”

Carolina went 17–2 on the season and Newton won the NFL’s MVP award for his efforts.