One video reveals why he may have walked out of the event.
The press conference was held at Levi’s Stadium after the Panthers fell to the Broncos 24-10. During the event, Newton’s answers to the media’s questions were very short.
“We had our opportunities,” Newton said. “There wasn’t nothing special that they did. We dropped balls. We turned the ball over, gave up sacks, threw errant passes. That’s it. They scored more points than we did.”
When asked to put his disappointment into words, all Newton would say was, “We lost.”
He walked out of the press conference after three minutes.
USA Today reports that many social media posts say it may not have been disappointment in his performance or the reporters’ questions that set Newton off, but that Newton could hear what another player was saying to the media during the event.
Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris, according to one video, can be heard talking about his team’s strategy near Newton at the same press conference.
“Can you throw the football?,” Harris asked. “That was the game plan. Load the box, one on one man outside. They got a couple big plays, but I feel like me, Talib and Roby, we were able to come back and make more plays to shut them down.”
That is when Newton shook his head, got up from his chair and left the room.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson tweeted that Harris said he wasn’t aware that his voice was audible to Newton during the press conference.
Shortly before the press conference, Newton even was seen giving the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning a congratulatory hug.