(The Sports Xchange) – “I felt like I let them down.”
The “I” is Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.
The “them” is his friends and family.
Two months after losing Super Bowl 50 and walking out of the postgame news conference, Newton talked to Ebony magazine at great lengths about what happened and what he was thinking during those few uncomfortable minutes.
He admitted he could have, and should have, handled the situation better.
“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, who was wearing a hoodie at the news conference and was clearly pouting after losing to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, was called a sore loser. Petulant. A big baby.
He told Ebony he did not have any time to process what had occurred and he could hear Broncos players celebrating.
“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.”
His interview with Ebony was the most extensive he’s had about the incident.