Dec 7, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Panthers defeated the Saints 41-10. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Today people are bad mouthing Cam Newton, and I, a huge Denver Broncos fan, find myself defending him. Yes Cam could be less cocky, and yes he should have handled the post Super Bowl interviews more graciously. But what I see most in his post-game behavior is a young man who is extremely disappointed in losing, as I’m sure we all would be.
The behavior I find more reprehensible is that of the people who make fun of Cam’s disappointment or who take joy in his loss. It reminds me of all the mean comments people posted about Peyton Manning after the Broncos’ loss in Super Bowl 48 – particularly the photos people posted of him looking dejected on the sideline, those photos where people thought it was funny to joke that Peyton was calling home to Mommy.
I think people should be more understanding and compassionate about a losing athlete’s disappointment and not find it humorous. Professional athletes may be paid a lot, but that doesn’t make their disappointment any less. They are human beings like everyone else.
Do people really think that a losing player isn’t going to be disappointed? Do they really believe that that disappointment is funny? All I can say is: “I hope not.” If they do, their peculiar sense of humor says a lot more about them than it does about a losing quarterback or his teammates.