The shade was too real when Cam Newton left his Super Bowl post-game press conference after barely speaking with the media this past February.
Many members of the media and fans alike blasted the Carolina Panthers star quarterback for being a sore loser after his squad lost to the Denver Broncos.
Now, more than two months after giving reporters the silent treatment, the 2015 NFL MVP is finally opening up about how he could have handled the situation better.
"The truth is, I represent something way bigger than myself," Newton told Ebony, as reported by ESPN. "I'm doing it for [my fans and family] and I felt like I let them down."
That being said, he doesn't think critics understand the scope of suffering a Super Bowl loss and having dozens of microphones and cameras stuck in his face, having to tackle questions immediately after.
"Who is anyone to tell me, 'Man, it's just an interview'?" Newton continued telling the magazine. "You haven't been in that situation. You didn't have millions of people watching you. Your heart wasn't pumping [with] the embarrassment or the anxiety of the stress of dealing with that type of game."
He added, "I just wasn't ready to talk. Was I mad? Hell, yeah! But there could have been a better way to control it, and that's why I think having more time would have helped."
Ask us and the whole situation was kind of overblown. It's over now and Cam can move on.
BET Sports News — Get the latest news and information about African-Americans in sports, including weekly recaps, celebrity news and photos of your favorite Black athletes.
(Photo: David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)