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:
Cam Newton was not having it in the postgame presser.— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 8, 2016
Walks off the podium.
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:
Mr. Newton was feeling chatty tonight. pic.twitter.com/L7SzSguiC1— Lindsey Adler (@Lahlahlindsey) February 8, 2016
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:
Ron Rivera told me today Cam Newton was not ill or injured, very frustrated and determined not to break down emotionally in public at #SB50— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) February 8, 2016
Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer also highlighted how the reporters' questions didn't exactly benefit anyone:
Reporter 1: Cam, how bad is this— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) February 8, 2016
Reporter 2: Cam, seriously, how sad are you
Reporter 3: But seriously, you feel terrible, yes
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.