Outside of Boston, Tom Brady isn’t exactly the most well-liked quarterback around for a variety of different reasons that we won’t go into right now. But the heat he gets for his attitude is nothing compared to the wave that crashed over Cam Newton after he walked out of his post-Super Bowl press conference on Sunday. His critics came back for more, too, after he refused to apologize for his actions.
Newton, as relayed by USA Today:
“I’ve been on the record saying that I’m a sore loser. Who likes to lose? You show me a good loser and I’m going to show you a loser. It’s not a popularity contest. I am here to win football games …. I have said it since Day 1. I am who I am. I know what I’m capable of and I know where I am going. If you want me to conform, I’m not that guy. If you want me to be that type of person, I’m not that. I am happy to say that. This league is a great league with or without me. I understand that. I am my own person. I take pride in that.”
What’s interesting is that, back in 2005, Tom Brady said something almost identical to Newton during a 60 minutes profile and there wasn’t much of a fuss about it.