Let’s face it: Cam Newton pouted during his postgame press conference following a 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, and Bill Voth, for one, doesn’t want to hear rationalizations or excuses.
“It was horrible,” the BlackandBluereview.com Panthers reporter said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “It was horrible and it was unacceptable, and they can trot out all these things about how he hates to lose. Ron Rivera today even said something about how as a public service, we shouldn’t have these guys talk right away because he just needs to gather his emotions. So wait, because Cam Newton can’t gather his emotions after a game, we’re going to ask the NFL and their billions of dollars to be like, ‘Hey, let’s just give him a couple days?’”
No, we’re not.
Rivera added that the Panthers do not like Newton acting as he did but that they understand this is who he is – which is something a parent might say about an immature teenager.
“The Panthers have played this Cam Newton stuff, I think, pretty well over his five-year career,” Voth said. “They’ve let him be who he is. They deal with his rough edges and the guy has grown up. Has it been as quickly as we’ve wanted it to be? No. So when you ask is this par for the course, if you would have asked me in his first year-and-a-half, I would have said yeah – because he was such a baby after his losses his first year-and-a-half.”
Then certain people told him he couldn’t do that anymore – or, at the very least, that it would be wise not to.
“Cam got better after losses in Year Two, and since then, he’s been better,” Voth said. “While there has been a narrative around him about how he always pouts after losses, that really stopped after the Giants loss – I believe it was Week 3 in his second year. That was really the last time we saw it until Sunday, and Sunday it reared its ugly head again and it just so happened to be on the biggest stage of American sports.”
Newton reportedly could hear the Broncos celebrating during his press conference, which reportedly set him off. Voth’s response?
“You didn’t hear Thomas Davis complain about it or showing off or Luke Kuechly or Greg Olsen or any of these other guys,” Voth said. “It was just the one guy. There’s so many layers to this, as you know. So while we can make excuses for it and while it’s not an ideal setting, these other guys handled it professionally. The MVP of the league did not – and I think that’s a bad look. Is it something he should be so universally condemned about? No, but I think it’s fair to say, ‘Listen, you said that you celebrate and you have every right to because hey, you can stop me if you want. So when a team does, I think you got to take those bullets. You got to bite your tongue.”
On Tuesday, however, Newton said he is not going to conform to what people want him to be. In some ways, that’s admirable. But when you’re acting like Newton did – and sometimes does – it’s not.
“Isn’t there some aspect of life when you just have to man up a little bit when things don’t go your way?” Voth asked. “And the Panthers say, ‘Well, he just doesn’t like to lose.’ Okay, so I guess he just doesn’t want to man up when things don’t go his way. So at his most basic level, he’s just going to act like a baby and we’re just going to allow him to act like a baby. I don’t think that’s a great look for the organization or the NFL.”