Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has responded to critics after losing 24–10 to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 and walking out of his post-game press conference.
“I've been on record to say ‘I'm a sore loser,‘” Newton said. “Who likes to lose? 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 for this organization, for Mr. Richardson, for my teammates and for what it's worth, my fans. They know it's real. I leave everything else on the field. I prepare the right way. I have a mentality, I have a standard that I set for myself.”
Vince Lombardi was also once quoted as having said, “Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser.”
On Sunday, Newton dodged reporters’ questions, saying nothing was memorable about the game before standing up and walking away from the podium. He offered only short answers to questions, repeating that Carolina was simply outplayed.
“They just played better than us. I don’t know what you want me to say,” Newton said after the game. “They made better plays than us, and that’s what it came down to. We had our opportunities, it wasn’t anything special that we did.”
Newton was sacked six times, fumbled twice and threw an interception. He finished the game 18 of 41 passing for 265 yards with no touchdowns.