Cam Newton was one of the biggest stories in Super Bowl 50.
One, for not diving for his own fumble late in the fourth quarter with the game on the line and then after the game, he only spoke to the media for about three minutes with a few one-word answers. Afterwards, some called him a sore loser.
The quarterback defended both actions on Tuesday — two days after the game.
“Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser,” Newton said, via the Charlotte Observer. ‘If I offended anyone, that’s cool … I don’t have to conform to anybody’s wants for me. I’m not that guy. This is a great league with or without me. I am my own person.”
Newton also defended not diving for the fumble, adding the Panthers didn’t lose the game because of that.
“I don’t dive on one fumble because the way my leg was – it could have been [contorted] in a way,” Newton said. “OK, you say my effort. I didn’t dive down. I fumbled. That’s fine. But we didn’t lose that game because of that fumble. I can tell you that.”
Carolina finished the regular season 15-1 and Newton was the league MVP.