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Super Bowl 50 - Carolina Panthers v Denver Broncos

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Cam Newton has been criticized for walking out on reporters during the post Super Bowl news conference.  Many were unhappy the newly named league MVP walked out after three minutes of the interview.  Deion Sanders was very critical of Newton and stated, “You are the face of our brand right now, you can’t do that.”

Newton defended himself yesterday in an interview saying, “I’ve been on record to say I’m a sore loser.” Newton continued, “Who likes to lose? You show me a good loser and I’m going to show you a loser. It’s not a popularity contest. I’m here to win football games.”

Newton then went on to say, “I had a lot of time to go back and play everything back. I’m human. I never once said that I was perfect. I never proclaimed that I was perfect, but at the end of the day, people pick and do things of that sort.”

Panthers coach, Ron Rivera, thought the criticism of his quarterback was unnecessary.  He went on to explain that Newton is growing and the fact he composed himself enough to speak with the press about his post-game actions proves his growth.  Coach Rivera went on to say, “If you took the time to know who Cam Newton is, if you saw all the things that he did, there would be much more of an appreciation for who he is as a person.”

Newton’s teammates also defended his actions and admitted that it’s hard to be all smiles after a tough loss.  Keep looking forward and we’ll see you next year, Cam!  You can read more on the story and watch the short interview here.