While the few (usually Carolina Panthers blue-lensed) defenders of the league MVP may be citing how it could be unfair to be too hard on a player after losing the biggest game of his life, the resounding chorus of NFL players past and present coming down on Cam is alarming.
Add to the list a player who has had plenty of emotional outbursts, suspensions and drama both on and off the field — New York Jets wide receiver (and former Denver Bronco) Brandon Marshall.
The 10-year NFL veteran has been outspoken about his own issues throughout his career, overcoming alcohol-influenced legal issues and domestic disputes. Marshall also was last heard defending Cam Newton, though not his dancing, during Super Bowl week on Showtime’s "Inside the NFL" over the Panthers QB’s love for what some deem excessive celebration at times.
“When I saw his comments after the game, the first thing I did, I just dropped my head. I was like, ‘No!’ Because you lose, and you can’t do that. For me, I think that whoever is in his corner, they’re not telling him the right things. “I don’t think it has anything to do with [Newton lacking] humility. When I look at Cam, I see a guy that’s in a lot of pain. This hit him really hard. Last year, I struggled with the Chicago media. If I handled the media like a Drew Brees, I would still be in Chicago. There’s no doubt in my mind. That’s 50 percent of this NFL. When you look at Cam Newton, what makes him great is all of those emotions, that passion. But now, that emotion, that passion is hurting him."
Marshall is not alone in ripping Newton. And we’re not even talking about the apparent lack of effort trying to recover his fourth-quarter fumble with Super Bowl 50 on the line that he later defended, or the gold "MVP" cleats that debuted during pregame. But Marshall’s take is extremely telling how the culture inside the NFL is thinking about how Newton mishandled himself after the game, not just the Twitter haters.