Broncos Players Get A Pass For Their Classless Comments While Cam Newton Gets Roasted
Today's blogosphere hot take machine is being brought to you by Cam Newton's brusque press conference after getting manhandled by the Broncos defense and losing the Super Bowl last night. There are about as many headlines regarding the way Newton, the league's MVP, handled himself post-game as there are regarding the fact that the Broncos won the NFL championship. Such is the nature of the blogosphere -- drama over content, always.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 8, 2016
To those who are roasting Newton for his actions and say that by not being more expansive in his answers about what went wrong, Newton is a bad leader and crybaby and sore loser, we say: fine. But if Newton's decision not to say anything at all rather than something not nice is a problem, what should we think about the Broncos players who trash-talked the QB in post-game comments of their own?
Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan basically called Newton selfish. "That's the way he is. Playing for himself," Trevathan told MMQB.com.
Broncos defensive back Aqib Talib agreed, saying, "He didn't want it."
No one was celebrating Newton's downfall more than Talib after the game.
"There ain't no Easter Bunny, there ain't no Santa Claus, there ain't no Superman," Talib told the Broncos' official website.
In a separate interview with a Canadian television station, Talib said Newton was probably tearing up in his press conference.
"Cam's probably crying right now," Talib said, via TSN.com.
Plus, from defensive coordinator Wade Phillips:
A little Dab with do you but too much Dab will undo you!
— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) February 8, 2016
It's one thing to offer analysis of the game -- Trevathan also said the goal for the defense was to get after Newton and not let him get comfortable -- but to kick a man while he's down is textbook assholery. Why Talib, who at one point nearly took off Corey Brown's head with a violent facemasking penalty and later admitted to doing so on purpose, gets a pass here is beyond me. Why not talking is better than gloating is equally perplexing.
It sounds like Newton was gracious and humble to the people who mattered -- Peyton Manning said he "couldn't have been nicer" -- and didn't concern himself with the questions of those who don't. At least a couple of Broncos can't say the same, but they won't get nearly the amount of heat, because they don't dab, or something.
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