Speaking at Bank of America Stadium, Newton clearly wanted to get this off his chest, speaking for over seven minutes and saying of his Super Bowl walkoff, “If I offended anybody, that’s cool.” Clearly, he is comfortable being who he is in the face of a storm of criticism, from pundits to former players.
“The truth of the matter is, who are you to say that your way is right? That’s what I don’t understand,” he said. “We’ve got all these people that’s condemnin’ and sayin’ you should have done this, that and the third, but what makes your way right? I’ve been on record saying I’m a sore loser. Who likes to lose? You show me a good loser and I’m going to show you a loser.”
If Newton is going to be the new face of the NFL, he will do so on his terms. As he spoke, his teammates shouted, “We love Cam.”
“I’ve got no more tears to cry,” Newton said. “I’ve obviously had a lot of time to think about it. I’ve seen so much blown out of proportion.
“At the end of the day, when you invest so much time and sacrifice so much and things don’t go as planned, the emotions take over. That’s what happens. As far as trying to be like this person, trying to be like that person … the truth of the matter is I’m not trying to be like this person.
“This is a great league with or without me. I am my own person. I said it since Day 1. I am who I am. I know what I’m capable of and I know where I’m going. I don’t have to conform to anybody else’s wants for me to do. I’m not that guy.”
He had a simple reason for walking out and it had little to do with Chris Harris.
“I didn’t want to talk to the media at the time and to tell the truth, I still don’t want to talk to you. … I’m human,” he said. “I never once proclaimed that I’m perfect.”
Late in the game, Newton opted not to dive in an attempt to recover a fumble, with the Broncos saying he “tapped out” on the play. Newton said he was trying to avoid hurting his leg.
“We didn’t lose that game because of that fumble. I can tell you that.”