He didn’t cry or scream. Instead, Cam Newton fell.
After the Denver Broncos made their last touchdown, securing a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, Newton, the Panthers’ MVP, took to the ground while on the sidelines.
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The NFL tweeted Newton’s reaction, billing it as an emotional one after the Panther’s historic 17-1 season came to a disappointing conclusion.
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Reaction from fans ranged from acceptance, understanding and loyalty to ridicule, mockery and utter disappointment.
So unprofessional, flopping around on the ground like a spoiled kid that didn't get what he wanted. #SB50 #CamNewton— Trevor McCumby (@T_RevMcCumby) February 8, 2016
I'm a HUGE #CamNewton fan but #football is not a game of indecision or fear. JUMP IN THE PILE! It's the biggest game of your life! Damn man— Wade Davis II (@Wade_Davis28) February 8, 2016
Some railed against Newton after he walked away from a post-game press conference.
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Anybody see how #CamNewton morphed into the immature sour grapes guy from earlier in his career tonight at post-game podium? #Panthers— GiantsWFAN (@giantswfan) February 8, 2016
My view: #CamNewton is dealing w/ immense pain. However, as MVP of the NFL & leader of his team, he has to conduct himself better. #SB50— Albert T. Lewis, Sr. (@Albert_TLewis) February 8, 2016
You will never last in the NFL with that attitude. The world doesn't revolve around you, boy! #CamNewton— Bill Romanowski (@billromanowski) February 8, 2016