Published: February 18, 2018
Cam Newton made a lot of enemies this season after leading his Carolina Panthers to a 15-1 regular season record and “hit the dab” in about every end zone he saw. However, he likely made more enemies when he walked out of his Super Bowl postgame interview after losing to the Denver Broncos, 24-10.
Newton, who also won MVP this season, has been receiving heavy criticism for his abrupt exit, but I do not agree with it. I apologize to anyone who believes Cam should “face the music” or “be more mature,” but if you do not like this move by Newton, then you do not like competition.
I mean football is a competition, right? Cam did want to win, right? Then why is anyone surprised or angry at Newton for being too distraught to answer questions that constantly remind him of the heart-breaking loss he just suffered?
All of the work he has put into his football career culminated on that field, and a phenomenal defense got the best of him. I would be angrier if that did not shake him up. Because of this loss, Newton will work to get better and return to the Super Bowl, which makes for better football.
Do not get me wrong, there is something honorable about being able to just stand up on the podium and robotically answer questions the way some quarterbacks do, but it does not mean I do not want to see players truly invested in the game and their team the way Cam is.
If you still do not understand how difficult this loss was for Cam Newton to swallow, let me put it in terms a student can relate to. Just imagine you have dedicated your entire life to getting your diploma, and just as you made it through college, a 39-year-old man on the cusp of retirement shows up and takes your diploma, sending you back through school. Would you sit around and answer questions after that?
Also, for those of you who read the headlines of this story and did not actually watch the interview, you do not know half of the story. As Cam was sitting there being peppered with insults phrased as questions, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris was literally four feet away from Newton, separated by only a black curtain.
Harris was yelling about how he “forced y’all to throw the ball” and bragging very loudly about the success of the Broncos game plan. It was easy to see the frustration boiling over inside of Cam, and can you really blame him? Now let us go back to the diploma comparison. Just add in the fact that the guy who took your diploma was bragging in your ear. Still think you would sit there and take the criticism? Add in that the replay of you getting your diploma taken will be on television for years to come.
If you still think you could have sat through that interview, then good for you, you might be like those robotic quarterbacks. If you do not think you could have sat through that interview, congratulations, you are competitive, but not everyone is.
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