Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was the subject of scrutiny due to his demeanor in an interview following his team's Super Bowl 50 loss to the Denver Broncos, and the reigning NFL MVP expressed some regret for his actions Wednesday.
According to ESPN.com's David Newton, the former Auburn standout said in an interview with Ebony magazine that he felt like he didn't handle the situation as well as he could have: "The truth is, I represent something way bigger than myself. I'm doing it for [my fans and family] and I felt like I let them down."
Newton also explained his state of mind after suffering such a devastating defeat in the biggest game of his career:
Who is anyone to tell me, 'Man, it's just an interview. You haven't been in that situation. You didn't have millions of people watching you. Your heart wasn't pumping [with] the embarrassment or the anxiety of the stress of dealing with that type of game.
I just wasn't ready to talk. Was I mad? Hell, yeah! But there could have been a better way to control it, and that's why I think having more time would have helped.
As seen in this video courtesy of the NFL on Twitter, a dejected Newton offered little in the way of analysis before excusing himself from the interview in question:
Newton is still a young player at 26 years of age and had never been part of a game as big as the Super Bowl during his time as a professional.
While Newton had every right to be disappointed and angry, he also realized that he has certain responsibilities as a role model.
Leaving more time between the end of the game and player interviews is a logical suggestion on Newton's part, and if the league decides to go along with it, then perhaps the sport can avoid similar incidents in the future.
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