For those of you that aren't big fans of the way Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton mopes after a bad play or generally holds himself on the sideline or after a game during a press conference, get used to it. According to the Charlotte Observer, Newton's not changing.
“A lot of people deal with things differently. Losing is difficult. Period,” Newton said Wednesday. “A person that says losing is not difficult, I don’t even want to be around that person. And obviously that person has never won anything relevant in their life. So for a person to say, ‘Yeah, we lost and we have to keep going.’ Yeah, you keep saying that and sooner or later you’re going to look up and be 0-16.
“So you have to take advantage of every opportunity you have in this league and you have to take it personal. Do I take it personal? Absolutely right. Do I take it too personal? Who knows? But I’d rather take it too personal than lackadaisical.”
Not only has Newton been criticized on multiple occasions for his sideline demeanor, most recently by wide receiver Steve Smith, but he was blasted in the media for stalling in the locker room after Sunday's loss by pouting with a towel on his head and his head between his legs for 25 minutes (according to Fox Sports South), and an extra-long lotion session (via ESPN's Ed Werder on Twitter) before his postgame press conference.
Newton seems to be placing too much emphasis on the pride he feels for the fact that a losing performance hurts him dearly. Losing hurts everyone, from superstar to practice-squad player. It shouldn't turn you into a diva, or worse yet, an inconsiderate crybaby.
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