Cam Newton reportedly held up team bus while he was sulking in the locker room

The Panthers are off to a disappointing 1-3 start this season, and rumors have been swirling that Cam Newton needs to get his head right. After Carolina was blown out by the Giants last Thursday, a report surfaced that claimed Newton has been working with a mind coach to manage expectations for his second year in the league. Though Newton denied it, Sunday’s last-second loss in Atlanta seemed to hit him pretty hard.

According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Newton held up the team on Sunday evening by sulking in the locker room.

Werder also said that Cam walked off while reporters who had waited for him for a long time were still asking questions. During a game in which he played relatively well and celebrated a touchdown with the A-town stomp, Newton also had a costly fumble in the fourth quarter. While he was able to recover it himself, it cost the Panthers a first down and forced them to punt, which set up Matt Ryan’s game-winning drive.

Perhaps Newton enjoyed too much success, too quickly during his rookie season to be able to handle adversity. The sophomore slump isn’t a foreign concept, and he can’t expect the Panthers to be a playoff team in his second season as the starter. When things get tough, it’s Cam’s job to build the team back up — not sit in the locker room while everyone waits for him to get over it and board the bus.

H/T Black Sports Online
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  • JamesT32

    This propensity Newton has for sulking and withdrawing when not performing up to standards is a great example of a story the media unnecessarily fixates on and beats to death.  While his carriage and attitude are often less than ideal, let’s face it, if body language and demeanor were as vitally important as many would have you believe then there’d be a hell of a lot more superstar athletes in the world than there are as those things can be improved and, to a degree, taught, while God-given ability is not something you can acquire from the team psychologist or some dumb-ass blowhard of a coach. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XHJKFMCGSMBEQGBRKJVLKUGSEQ john g

    The media is not blowing this out of proposition. He is being a baby and part of being a quarterback is being the leader of the team. What kind of example is he setting by seating on the bench, not supporting teammates and looking miserable instead of trying to look forward to the next game. Vince Young and Jamarcus Russell had God-given talent. But they were nut jobs with attitude problems just like Cam. If Cam doesn’t fix these problems, who nows where he’ll be in the next few years. His rookie season could have been a fluke.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Leo-Outland/617195699 Joshua Leo Outland

    Flukes don’t break records held by greats like Peyton Manning and Eric Dickerson. I don’t blame him for taking this past loss hard, as a fan so did I. He performed so well….even getting the first down he was asked to. And then after he did that he fumbled the ball. The refs should have marked the ball by where he fumbled it at, which was PAST the 1st down mark, not where it was recovered at. The refs basically gave Atlanta that game, what with that half-wit call and several of the bs pass interference calls, and let’s not forget all the holds NO-CALLED performed on Charles Johnson and BY Tony Gonzalez all day. This past game, he didnt sit on the bench, he watched on the sidelines and after Carolina went down by 10, he led them all the way back to take the lead in the final minutes. There’s a huge difference between Cam and them. He studies, trains, and keeps in shape. Russell wouldn’t train, and didnt take his job seriously. VY was a basket case, way worse than Cam Newton. Like Ali said, “show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.”

    As for your remark about where will he be in the next few years, I know the answer to that, it’ll be one of two things.

    2015 Super Bowl MVP….or if this fickle fanbase doesn’t get its act together, another team winning it all for them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XHJKFMCGSMBEQGBRKJVLKUGSEQ john g

    Wow.. Relax with thinking Cam can win a Super Bowl, I can see your a Panthers fan. Lets see if he can actually consistently throw the ball. With the amount of hits he takes (I don’t care how big he is) he will not win a championship until he stays in the pocket more and keeps his ego in check (don’t do the Superman celebration when your losing). And taking a big loss hard and soaking on the bench like a baby is a big problem. As the leader of the team, you should set a example and. You don’t see Drew Brees being a bitch on the bench at 0-4 on the season, he is a least positive that they can turn the season around. 

  • Bigliardi

    He is a world class hot dog…Nothing else….He has no dignity.  As the Quarterback, it is his DUTY to set the example for the rest of the team to follow…His example is shaking his ass in the end zone after touchdowns, and doing his “Superman move.” He should leave all that stuff to the running backs, and wide receivers…Most of those guys are going to do it anyway, come hell or high water….
    Aaron Rodgers is guilty of the same thing…Isn’t it ENOUGH simply to have scored a touchdown, without doing things in front of paying fans, that both detracts from the position of Quarterback, and makes him look so stupid at the same time..?