Carolina quarterback Cam Newton said he has no regrets for how he handled a Super Bowl postgame news conference, where he mostly gave one-word answers and walked off after about three minutes. “I’ve been on record to say I’m a sore loser,” he said.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said Tuesday he has no regrets for how he handled the Super Bowl postgame news conference, where he mostly gave one-word answers and walked off after about three minutes.
“I’ve been on record to say I’m a sore loser,” Newton said at his locker. “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.”
The league’s most valuable player also hinted at how he would have possibly been injured had he dived for a critical fumble late in Sunday’s 24-10 loss to Denver in Super Bowl 50.
“OK. I didn’t get the fumble, but we can play tit for tat,” Newton said. “I’ve seen numerous quarterbacks throw interceptions and their efforts afterwards … they don’t go. I don’t dive on one fumble because the way my leg was, it could have been (contorted) in a way.”
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Newton added, “At the end of the day, we didn’t lose that game because of that fumble, I can tell you that.”
Denver celebrates with victory parade
DENVER – From the top of a fire truck, linebacker Von Miller thrust the Super Bowl trophy into the air again and again as a Denver Broncos convoy made its way through streets lined with blue-and-orange clad fans.
Behind Super Bowl MVP Miller stood quarterback Peyton Manning and linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Behind them was John Elway, Hall of Fame quarterback and the architect of this team.
It was parade day and a million fans — according to an estimate from Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock — showed up to cheer on the Super Bowl champions.
The supporters held up signs and screamed “Thank you, Peyton!” at the top of their lungs as they soaked in the sun while basking in the glow of the Broncos’ third Super Bowl title — and first in 17 years.
On a stage, the 39-year-old Manning acknowledged teammates and the crowd, but he said nothing of his plans for the future. “Everybody has really stuck together this year,” he said.
“That’s why we’re here where we are today, and it’s great to be with all these great fans.”
Browns deny report saying they lied
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns are defending their handling of Johnny Manziel’s late-season concussion.
Team officials issued a statement saying Manziel was diagnosed with a concussion Dec. 30 by an independent neurologist, countering an NFL Network report they lied about the injury to cover up the troubled quarterback showing up intoxicated for practice.
“Johnny Manziel came to our facility on the morning of December 30th and complained of concussion symptoms,” the statement read. “He was tested by an independent neurologist and entered the league’s concussion protocol. He remained in the protocol until January 12th after being cleared by the independent neurologist.”
The league’s in-house network reported — citing an unnamed Browns player — the team “lied” to try and protect Manziel, who is being investigated by Dallas police on allegations of domestic violence and is likely to be released by the team.
• The Oakland Raiders have terminated the contract of safety Nate Allen, 28.
Allen signed a four-year contract with a total value of $23 million last season. His $4.9 million salary for 2016 would have been guaranteed if he was on the roster Wednesday.
• Tennessee released two-time Pro Bowl safety Michael Griffin, 31. “I cherished every minute” of nine seasons, he said via Twitter.