The New York Yankees used Newton’s decision to walk away from reporters after fielding only a few questions following a 24-10 loss to Denver as an example of the wrong way to handle defeat.
They showed the incident to pitchers and catchers in a video at spring training.
In the same video, the organization used Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and the way he handled defeat in the title game the previous season as the right way to handle defeat.
Wilson threw an interception at the goal line with less than 25 seconds remaining to seal New England’s win over the Seahawks.
Afterwards, Wilson answered all questions, saying, “I put the blame on me. I’m the one who threw it.’’
ESPN’s Andrew Marchand reported the use of the video on Saturday.
During the Yankees' media training, the Super Bowl is being used to portray the right and wrong way to act. Part... https://t.co/m8vJ5h6Sux
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) February 20, 2016
Newton showed up for his postgame interview wearing a sweat jacket with the hood pulled over his head. He answered most of the questions in short, soft answers before shaking his head and saying, “I’m done, man.’’
The newly-crowned league MVP defended his actions two days later, saying, “I’ve been on record to say I’m a sore loser.’’
He added, “It happened. I didn't want to talk to the media at the time. The truth of the matter is I really still don't want to talk to the media. But at the end of the day, things have to happen.
"I had a lot of time to go back and play everything back. I'm human. I never once said that I was perfect. I never proclaimed that I was perfect, but at the end of the day, people pick and do things of that sort.''