I didn’t really begrudge Cam Newton his post-Super Bowl press conference. It was hardly the most classy thing to do, but the guy was also a 26-year-old who just lost the biggest game of his career (so far).
Just like criticizing Cam for his dancing is largely pointless, his sulky post-Super Bowl press conference was nothing more than Cam Newton being Cam Newton. You don’t have to like it, but he has the right to do whatever he wants.
That said, it’s easy to see how Cam opened himself for the criticism that he received in the aftermath. He didn’t back down at the time, but he has now. Talking to Ebony magazine, the Panthers quarterback admitted that if he could do things over again, he would:
“The truth is, I represent something way bigger than myself,” Newton told the magazine. “I’m doing it for [my fans and family] and I felt like I let them down.”
“Who is anyone to tell me, ‘Man, it’s just an interview,’” Newton said. “You haven’t been in that situation. You didn’t have millions of people watching you. Your heart wasn’t pumping [with] the embarrassment or the anxiety of the stress of dealing with that type of game.
“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.”
SOURCE: Luke Kerr-Dineen