Cam Newton was all smiles with the media in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl 50, but after his Carolina Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos, 24-10, on Sunday, the quarterback wasn't much for talking.
At one point he did say, "We'll be back," but he responded to most questions with short answers that didn't provide much insight.
Cam Inman of Bay Area News Group shared video of Newton ignoring questions toward the end of the press conference, which is when a Broncos player could also be overheard discussing the victory. The QB's walkout is at the 25-second mark:
Cam Inman @CamInman
Panthers Cam Newton barely answered questions and here he exits https://t.co/eNMDpv2sQH2/8/2016, 4:11:05 AM
The NFL had video of his entire presser, which lasted about two-and-a-half minutes:
On Tuesday, Newton refused to apologize for his actions, telling reporters: "Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser."
Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area took a shot at Newton, who failed to jump on a fumble at his feet late in the game:
Matt Maiocco @MaioccoCSN
Cam Newton attacked his postgame press conference with about as much zeal as he went after that fumble in the fourth quarter.2/8/2016, 4:14:30 AM
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Newton defended his decision not to jump on the ball to reporters on Tuesday, with a teammate shouting "We love you Cam" while he spoke.
No one expected Newton to be excited after the game, but when it comes to the bright lights of the NFL, you have to take the good with the bad. Maiocco was not the only one who thought the 26-year-old signal-caller did not handle himself well.
Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com didn't hold back in his assessment:
Matt Norlander @MattNorlander
I see college freshmen and sophomores handle themselves better annually after losing in the Final Four than Cam Newton just did. Ooooof.2/8/2016, 4:16:41 AM
Former MLS and U.S. soccer player Taylor Twellman, who is now an ESPN analyst, had feelings similar to Norlander's:
Taylor Twellman @TaylorTwellman
Hardest thing to do after a "big game" loss is speak to the media (yes I know I had to a lot🙄) but what was that Cam Newton?! #MVP #SB502/8/2016, 4:19:47 AM
SB Nation shared a photo of a more upbeat version of the QB when he was congratulating Peyton Manning after the game:
SB Nation @SBNation
Cam congratulated Peyton with the biggest smile on his face: https://t.co/YIMIXhZeiI https://t.co/mkPrvrMksz2/8/2016, 5:30:33 AM
Newton was scrutinized all year by media and fans for his fun-loving style of play on the field that involved Superman poses and dabs, but he was always willing to talk about it in front of a camera and insisted it didn't bother him.
Losing in the Super Bowl clearly did, and it's likely this media appearance will follow him into the start of next season.
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