Before Cam Newton stormed out of his press conference following his Carolina Panthers' Super Bowl 50 loss, the quarterback's mother, Jackie, advised him to use his platform to promote Jesus Christ.
Newton, 26, has been a hot button issue in the NFL after critics have questioned his "Dab" dance endzone celebrations. However, his mother sent him a Christ centered text message before he entered the big game.
"I want you to understand that hot and cold water comes out of different fountains. You are either hot or cold," she began her lengthy text message, shared by Newton on Instagram. "You have a big platform. Which fountain are you?"
While Newton was named the NFL MVP at the NFL Honors Saturday, his mother warned him against representing the devil with his public statements.
"Don't let the devil win over your words or speech that represent the dark world. But represent the awesome God you serve through your words," she wrote. "Don't confuse the devil and the enemy of what you are on: so speak boldly to the nations that you represent Christ for the great things He has done. Through your language and actions, speak words to uplift and not tear down."
She went on to tell her son not to promote the "devil's workshop" and quoted Proverbs 18:21 which states, "death and life are in the power of the tongue."
"The devil [doesn't] like positive words. That's why he keeps attacking because he ain't happy," she wrote. "You win with your character and powerful words that you speak."
However, after Newton's Panthers lost 24-10 in the big game against the Denver Broncos and lost two fumbles, completed only 18 of 41 passes for 265 yards without any touchdowns and an interception, he didn't feel like speaking. After few words in the post game press conference, he decided to make a dramatic exit, which drew a great deal of criticism.
Deion Sanders, Hall-of-Fame-cornerback-turned-NFL-Network analyst, spoke out against Newton's postgame behavior that left Super Bowl fans talking.
"I understand the emotions of losing, but you can't do that. A Manning, a Brady – all these guys that have been a prototypical type of quarterback in our game, they're not going to do that ever," Sanders said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "You're opening yourself for more criticism, because everybody is going to say you're dabbing and smiling and smiling and styling. So this is how you go out when you lose?"
In his exit interview on Tuesday, Newton made it clear that he had no issues with the way he responded to losing.
"For me, nothing's pretty much going to change. You get what you get," Newton said during his exit interview. "I've been on record to say I'm a sore loser. You show me a good loser and I'm going to show you a loser."
Still, he explained the emotions that many deemed as having poor sportsmanship.
"I've had a lot of time to think about. I've seen so much blown out of proportion," Newton said in his interview. "At the end of the day when you invest so much time, when you sacrifice so much and things don't go as planned, I think emotions take over. I think that's what happens."
Before the entire Super Bowl debacle, his mother's "powerful" words let Newton know to rise above his critics' comments.
"Cam, you are highly favored. God is on your side, why should you fear what man should do or say," she wrote. "Remember God!"