CHARLOTTE, NC - Mental Health and Behavioral therapist Latasha McIlwaine of Insightful Options, was watching Cam Newton’s moves on and off the field during Super Bowl 50. She sensed something wasn’t right, just by looking at his posture, his facial expressions, and his mannerisms. McIlwaine said, “I sensed shame, stress, and he acted like he didn’t want to be there."
But his lackluster interview post game, has everyone talking across the country. It has some questioning his character, claiming he could have presented himself in a better way, to show good sportsmanship. McIlwaine said, “You have to set an example, for children and kids, who play on a team, you have to show sportsmanship in athletics."
McIlwaine said children of all ages often idolize athletes and celebrities, watching their every move, and often mimicking them. But the way Cam Newton acted on camera, in her opinion, does not set a good example for kids who play on a team.
She also understands the frustration that comes along with losing such a big game, on such a big stage, but feels Newton and other professional athletes must be aware of how they act at all times. McIlwaine said, “Talking about a game, being positive, and accepting a loss, is expected of them."