Chris Harris Jr.'s postgame interview may have played a role in Cam Newton's abrupt departure from his post-Super Bowl 50 press conference.
According to ESPN.com's David Newton, the Denver Broncos cornerback's voice was at the very least audible as Newton spoke to reporters. The NFL Network shared a clip of Newton's interview, and Harris can be heard giving his own interview around the 2:20 mark:
NFL Network @nflnetwork
Cam Newton was not having it in the postgame presser. Walks off the podium. https://t.co/Wc5ebWlYOq2/8/2016, 4:52:28 AM
Many in the press criticized the Carolina Panthers quarterback for his curt answers and hasty retreat. BuzzFeed's Lindsey Adler provided a full transcription of his responses:
To a certain extent, though, you can understand why a player might be irked by hearing his opponent discuss how his team won the biggest game of the year. Head coach Ron Rivera added another explanation for his player's actions, per ESPN's Ed Werder:
Ed Werder @Edwerderespn
Ron Rivera told me today Cam Newton was not ill or injured, very frustrated and determined not to break down emotionally in public at #SB502/8/2016, 5:27:55 PM
Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer also highlighted how the reporters' questions didn't exactly benefit anyone:
Adam Kramer @KegsnEggs
Reporter 1: Cam, how bad is this Reporter 2: Cam, seriously, how sad are you Reporter 3: But seriously, you feel terrible, yes2/8/2016, 4:58:42 AM
Ideally, Newton would've been more forthright during the interview and stayed a little longer to help reporters who were on a deadline. But he's far from the first athlete to react poorly to losing a title game. In 2010, Peyton Manning walked off the field following the Indianapolis Colts' Super Bowl loss to the New Orleans Saints without shaking his opponents' hands.
And in the future, the NFL may want to ensure players are granted a little more space between themselves and their opponents during postgame press conferences.