Andy Griffith Gives Cam Newton Advice On Losing In Viral Video
Cam Newton walked out of his post-game interview following the Super Bowl, sparking debate about the quarterback being a sore loser. A video has since gone viral of Newton getting a talking-to from none other than Andy Griffith.
Andy Griffith Lectures Cam Newton
In the edited video clip from The Andy Griffith Show, Griffith lectures Newton – whose head is superimposed on Opie’s slumped body – about the importance of knowing how to lose. “I don’t think it was very nice of you to walk off the way you did,” Griffith says, adding, “I know you didn’t win, but the important thing is that you were in there trying. That’s what’s important.”
When Newton/Opie complains about not getting a medal, Griffith continues, “It’s nice to win something. It’s real nice to win something. But it’s more important to know how not to win something.”
In Super Bowl 50, Newton was unable to lead the Carolina Panthers to victory against the Denver Broncos, falling short, 24-10. Following the loss, Newton congratulated Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning for his second Super Bowl victory before taking his leave of the field.
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However, Newton appeared visibly sullen during the Q&A with the press as they asked him about the disappointing result and his role in it. After only a handful of questions, Newton unceremoniously took his leave of the interview. Video has since emerged revealing that Newton was able to hear Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr., talking about how they forced him to throw the ball during his interview.
Following all of the bad press, Newton gave a follow-up interview to address his decision to ditch the post-game Q&A. “I’ve been on record to say I’m a sore loser,” Newton said, declining to apologize. “I hate losing. You show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser. It’s not a popularity contest. I’m hear to win football games.”