NFL fans would agree that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cameron Newton was not his usual self when talking with reporters at the press conference following Super Bowl 50. Instead of seeing the cocky and exuberant 26-year-old athlete, reporters saw a sulking and dejected Cameron.
No one can probably blame Cameron for what he felt that day since given the Panther's performance during the regular season, which maintained an impressive 15-1 record, it was safe to say that the team was poised to take home the championship title last Sunday.
However, during one of the most anticipated sporting events in the U.S., Newton fumbled the ball during the first quarter of the game. Capitalizing on the mistake, the Denver Broncos was able to secure an early lead. The team was able to maintain this lead and victoriously ended the game with the final score of 24-10.
Following the match, Newton sat in front of reporters with a hood over his head and a facial expression that clearly showed what he was feeling that day. During the entire press conference, Newton only gave short answers to reporters which only ranged from one to five words.
Then, after only a couple of minutes into the interview, Newton stood up and said that he doesn't want to talk to the reporters anymore before walking away.
On Tuesday, the dejected quarterback addressed reporters once again to explain his behavior during the press conference. He admitted that he did not handle the loss well and he allowed his emotions to take over during the media event.
"I've been on record to say I'm a sore loser," he said. "Who likes to lose? You show me a good loser and I'm going to show you a loser."
"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," Newton continued. "I think that's what happens."
But aside from suffering through a major loss, another factor that contributed to Newton's sulky post-game interview was the trash-talk coming from the Broncos. During Newton's press conference, members of the Broncos team were also having their own media briefing. Although the briefings were held in different rooms, Newton and the other reporters still heard what Broncos cornerbacks Chris Harris and Aquib Talib were saying about the Panthers and their quarterback, Daily Mail reported.
Check out the clip of Newton's post-game press conference and walk out in the video below.