North Carolina Quarterback Cam Newton was unable to bring his team to victory during Sunday’s Super Bowl 50.
The hard-fought game between Peyton Manning’s Broncos and the Panthers was a positive example of both teams leaving everything on the field and playing their best.
But for Cam Newton, the quarterback couldn’t catch a break from his own negativity during a press conference following the game.
In mostly one-word answers, the African American who was drafted out of Auburn, showed a complete lack of professionalism, undercutting his ability to serve as a role model and inspiration to youth.
The post-game lack of performance of the athlete caught the eye of football icons and celebrities alike:
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) February 8, 2016
Cam Newton, most ungracious in defeat https://t.co/rZdx83p836
— Bill O'Reilly (@oreillyfactor) February 8, 2016
Former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski ripped into Newton on Twitter saying, “You will never last in the NFL with that attitude. The world doesn’t revolve around you, boy!”
Romanowski felt the need to apologize for calling Cam a “boy” after racial backlash. Critics of Romanowski’s tweet failed to see that Cam Newton was acting like a spoiled boy during the press conference and throughout his season.
NFL fans took to Twitter and created their own hashtag for Newton: #camcrybaby
— |-/annahfry (@HannahLisabethF) February 8, 2016
Cam Newton has to stop being a cry baby. Maybe CAM was thinking about making another TV Commercial. #CamCRYBABY
— Dan McDonald (@DanMac990) December 24, 2012
That right there is one of the reasons why I'm really happy Denver won #CamCryBaby
— Austin Fischer (@ImDatFish) February 8, 2016
It seems the only defenders of Cam Newton’s behavior are the ones who have turned this into a racial issue.