Super Bowl 50 yielded a lot of surprises — sloppy plays, weak offense from the Panthers, and Cam Newton walking out of the postgame press conference.
The Denver Broncos took the lead early and played some solid defense against Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton, sacking him seven times to throw off Carolina Panthers’ offense, which led to a 24-10 victory.
While Newton, 26, showed enough sportsmanship to congratulate Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the reigning MVP was definitely pissed off during the postgame press conference.
After struggling to answer questions and giving very short answers, Cam Newton abruptly left the interview.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 8, 2016
Like many people who witnessed the walkout on the news, one former NFL player did not like what Newton did.
Retired NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski expressed his disgust on Twitter regarding the Carolina QB’s attitude.
“You will never last a minute in the NFL with that attitude. The world doesn’t revolve around you, boy!” said Romanowski, 49, who last played for the Oakland Raiders in 2003.
Bill Romanowski apologized for calling Cam Newton boy, but his history is tainted w/racism https://t.co/I0i7GpzoGF pic.twitter.com/9ieodTlWc1
— The Root (@TheRoot) February 8, 2016
While his comments were made to point out Newton’s disrespect of the press, some people on social media immediately called him out as a racist for his comments.
Immediately, Romanowski tried to defend himself on Twitter as well.
“Calm down everyone! I meant he needs to grow up!” he said, although he later on deleted his initial tweet.
— FS1 (@FS1) February 9, 2016
Some people also pointed out the irony of someone like Romanowski criticizing Newton for his attitude, when he himself often got in trouble for making racist slurs back in his NFL days.
During his years in the league, Romanowski often got in trouble both on and off the field. He reportedly spat on the face of San Francisco 49ers receiver JJ Stokes during their game in 1997, which led to several fines and penalties.
In fact, Romanowski also had arguments with members of his own team, and reports said that he punched a teammate during practice.
& lets not forget that Bill Romanowski punched Marcus Williams in the face, crushed his eye socket-ending his career pic.twitter.com/vFzbts2APp
— Charles Carithers (@CACarithers) February 8, 2016
Romanowski was also known for making racist comments both when he was still actively playing as well as after retirement. When he retired from professional football, he was named by ESPN as one of the dirtiest players in professional team history.
Earlier last week, Romanowski also answered a question about who would he prefer to sack, Manning or Newton, and he picked the reigning league MVP.
“I’d hit him as hard as I possibly could and probably at the bottom of the pile, I’d try to get him by the neck and choke him,” he said in the interview.
Bill Romanowski on how he’d stop Cam: I would hit him as hard as possible then try to choke him under the pile.https://t.co/nIuvWGVc2i
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 3, 2016
With Romanowski’s past in mind, Twitter users bashed him for the use of the word “boy,” which some claim is racist.
However, a few hours later on Monday, Bill apologized for his comments.
I apologize for that remark ‘boy’. It was not intentional or even trying to disrespect others. Peace everyone.
— Bill Romanowski (@billromanowski) February 8, 2016
While Newton definitely had a rough night that may have led to his walkout, a report stated that he did not want to do it in the first place.
In a video that was posted on Twitter, Newton did not walk out prematurely from the conference because he was irritated and pissed at reporters.
Why did Cam Newton leave the podium abruptly?
— NFL (@NFL) February 9, 2016
Cam Newton can then be seen mouthing the words “F**k this” before storming off the stage.
It turns out that while he was being interviewed, he could hear the Broncos cornerback Chris Harris trash-talking him and his team.
With the camera focused on Newton, Harris’ voice can clearly be heard saying, “Load the box, force y’all to throw the ball. Can you throw the football? That was the game plan.”
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