Carolina Panthers just enabling Cam Newton with more excuses

Updated: May 21, 2016


Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera could’ve approached his media session at this week’s NFL Annual Meeting in many ways. He could’ve deflected any questions that addressed the drama surrounding quarterback Cam Newton at Super Bowl 50. Rivera could’ve said all that stuff was behind him, that it was time to move on with life.

Instead, the head coach did the one thing that was ill-advised: He showed us all why Newton won’t learn a thing from the biggest defeat of his football career.

For those who somehow didn’t hear about this, Rivera spent 20 minutes on Wednesday defending Newton’s postgame pouting following the Panthers’ 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos. Rivera began his comments by saying players who lose in the Super Bowl shouldn’t even have to talk to the media because the wounds are too raw. In his eyes, people shouldn’t have been surprised that Newton lasted just over two minutes answering questions before walking away from reporters. After all, the star quarterback openly admitted two days after that defeat that he’s proud to be known as “a sore loser.”

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