When Cam Newton arrived in the Bay Area last Sunday, his Versace pants made him the talk of the nation. When Newton leaves, he’ll still be the talk. This time the talk will be about his immaturity and it will be justified.
Immature is the only word to describe his behavior in the post game press conference.
I didn’t expect to see him dabbing or wearing flashy clothes, but I didn’t expect to see him acting like a baby. He wore an Under Armor hoodie over his head and he moped while answering questions. Yes, acted like a child on punishment.
Yes, Panthers fans know this Cam Newton very well.
It’s the Cam Newton with the towel over his head, sitting on the bench as the Panthers lost yet another game a couple of years ago. It was the Cam Newton, that even Cam Newton called immature.
“I was very immature,” Newton told Yahoo Sports in 2012. “I’ll be the first one to tell you, the pouting and the moping, I kind of overdid it. I know that. I was a bad teammate.”
After Sunday’s loss, Newton wasn’t just a bad teammate, he was an embarrassment to the team and the city. He was an embarrassment to everyone who stood up him. He was an embarrassment for everyone who defended his dabbing and sign snatching.
In the press conference, Newton gave mostly one-word answers, kept his head down and barely looked at the reporters.
“They just played better than us,” he said. “What you want me to say?”
After scratching out a few more barely audible comments about how Broncos outplayed them, Newton abruptly walked way, saying “I’m done.”
I get it. The team just lost the Super Bowl. Cornerback Josh Norman cried on the sideline.
In the press conference, Norman, wearing thanked God for allowing the Panthers to get to the Super Bowl.
“I’m not going to lie and say this don’t hurt because it does,” he said. “I’m having a hard time sitting here to be honest. I didn’t even want to talk to you guys.”
But Norman did talk to the press and he gave thoughtful answers.
So did linebacker Luke Kuechly, also wearing a suit. Kuechly held his head high and praised the Panthers’ fantastic season. He talked about the great play of the defense in the Super Bowl.
“It stings,” he said regarding the loss. “We accomplished a lot of what we wanted to do this year. We won the division. We checked a couple of boxes, but we just weren’t able to get this last one checked off. A lot can be appreciated for this season, but at the end of the day, you want to go out there and win the Super Bowl.”
And if you don’t win, you want to lose with class.