Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera and general manager Dave Gettleman are tired of answering questions about quarterback Cam Newton off the field.
Thursday at the combine Rivera was asked to respond to the report that the New York Yankees used video of Newton’s terse news conference after the Super Bowl as an example of how not to deal with the media.
“Well that’s their choice,” Rivera said. “If that’s what they want to show them then that’s fine. We’re just going to move on from that.”
On Wednesday, Gettleman was asked generally about Newton’s news conference, where he got up and left the podium after less than 3 minutes.
“Here’s what I’ll say to that and I addressed in the postseason presser,” Gettleman said politely. “You know, when we look for players, one of the questions we don’t ask is, ‘Does he want to win?’ Who doesn’t want to win? So the question we ask is, ‘Who hates to lose?’”
Newton has said in Instagram posts that he doesn’t intend to change his ways despite acknowledging that he’s a sore loser. He’s been selling t-shirts reading “I Win My Way” since the week after the Super Bowl.