Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett brought some unexpected heat to the 2016 MTR Western Sports Star of the Year Awards Wednesday night.
As the winner, Bennett gave a speech and addressed the other finalists — Sounders star Clint Dempsey, Mariners DH Nelson Cruz, Washington State quarterback Luke Falk, Washington golfer Cheng-Tsung Pan and Seattle University soccer’s Pete Fewing — and took that opportunity to zing Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
“I hope you guys aren’t sore losers like Cam Newton,” Bennett said, via SeattlePI.com.
The remark allegedly drew a big laugh and Bennett went on to hurl some one-liners at his fellow Seattle-area stars.
And while his comments will probably draw some ire from the Newton defenders out there — myself included — it’s hard to imagine there was much animosity behind these remarks. While the Seahawks tend to view themselves as lone wolves in the NFL landscape, the Panthers are a team after their own hearts. Like the Seahawks, Carolina talked, taunted and danced their way through the playoffs. They were individualists to the end, including Newton’s press conference pout session.