The New York Yankees are reportedly advising their players to deal with the media more like Russell Wilson and less like Cam Newton.
Much was made after the Super Bowl of the differing manners in which Carolina’s Cam Newton handled this year’s loss and Seattle’s Russell Wilson the Seahawks’ painful defeat a season earlier (here’s a recap).
Basically, Wilson did it the way most on the outside would view it is supposed to be done — professional, respectful and accepting blame. Newton, well not so much.
How much that matters, of course, is open to debate. It could be argued that Newton only really did harm to himself by perpetuating some of the criticisms often aimed at him he had spent the week saying weren’t valid (not that he seemed to cared much, saying later he had no regrets about how he handled his post-game press conference).
Ideally, though, teams prefer their players to stay out of controversy whenever possible.
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And in a pre-season session with players on how best to handle the media, the New York Yankees are reportedly advising their players to be more like Wilson and less like Newton.
According to ESPN: “During the Yankees’ media training, the Super Bowl is being used to portray the right and wrong way to act. Part of a video shown to pitchers and catchers compares how Cam Newton handled his Super Bowl loss to the way Russell Wilson dealt with his defeat the previous year.”
No word on if any videos of Marshawn Lynch’s Super Bowl press conferences are also part of the Yankees’ media training sessions (though it’d be fun if they were).