On February 7, football fans across America settled themselves in front of the TV with anticipation of the biggest game of the season, Super bowl L (50). The game was played in Levi’s Stadium between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. After four quarters of football, the final score was 24- 10, Broncos.
Carolina Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton, has been criticised not only for losing to the Broncos, but walking away mid interview during the postgame news conference. There is debate on whether walking away was justified or not.
The interview area set up by the NFL for the Broncos and the Panthers was only separated by a black curtain, and Denver’s voices could be heard through it in the Carolina interview area. Newton was reportedly listening to the comments, got fed up and walked away. Newton had the support of his teammates.
Jerricho Cotchery, Panthers wide receiver, told NFL LIve.”He’s just hurting, man, He put in a lot of work. … Had a heck of a year.” Others believe that Newton should have dealt with the tough lost a little better.
Chris Harris, Broncos cornerback told NFL Live, “I would have been mad, too, if I was Cam, to be able to hear your opponent right behind you talking, nobody wants to hear that. So I think that was a bad setup, but things happen. But you have to deal with it and approach things like a man, and we’ve been in that situation where we lost a Super Bowl and be able to take things as they come. I’m just happy we were on the good side of things this time.”
ESPN wrote, “Even before Harris spoke, Newton had given a string of short answers as he peered out from under his black hoodie. Other Carolina players also could hear the comments and still continued to do interviews.”
New York Times wrote, “Newton, 26, an ebullient, intelligent, gifted quarterback, decided to act in his moment of truth like a 13-year-old. He slouched into the interview room late, well after many of his teammates — rookies and veterans alike — who gamely answered painful questions. He took a seat, a blue sweatshirt hood pulled low over his face. He made eye contact with no one. What did he make of the game? Was he surprised? How could he explain? The reporters’ questions, not a surprise in the batch, were framed gently, as if put forward by dimwitted therapists. For more than a minute, Newton stared at the floor, scratched his chin and sulked.”