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Cam Newton: 'I have no more tears to cry,' discusses press conference walk off

Cam Newton address local media Tuesday morning as the team cleared out the locker room (Brody O'Connell | WBTV) Cam Newton address local media Tuesday morning as the team cleared out the locker room (Brody O'Connell | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Just days after being defeated in the Super Bowl, the Carolina Panthers gathered once more to clean out their team lockers. Several players, including quarterback Cam Newton, spoke out about the team's loss and team criticism through the season.

Newton's reaction to the loss has made headlines since Sunday, but Newton says he has no regrets about walking out of a postgame interview with the media.

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"They made more plays than us and that's what it comes down to," Newton said Sunday night before walking out of a brief three-minute interview after the game. Video of the walk out has gone viral and has critics saying Newton handled the loss poorly.

"I have been on record to say that I am a sore loser. Who likes to lose?" Newton asked Tuesday morning. "You show me a good loser and I am going to show you a loser. This is not a popularity contest. I am here to win football games."

"I have no more tears to cry," Newton added. "Who are you to say your way is right?"

Newton says he is "who he is" and won't conform to anyone else's expectations, saying no one's expectations for himself can exceed his own.

I don't have to conform to anybody else's wants for me to do. I am not that guy," he said. "If you want me to be this type of person, I am not that and I am happy to say that. This league is a great league with or without me. I understand that."


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While he has faced criticism, Newton has been getting support from his teammates and coaches.

"We came up short. The game obviously didn't go how we envisioned it," said tight end Greg Olsen.

"The one thing I do know, is that if anybody wants to question how much Cam cares, if anyone wants to question how hard he plays, the sacrifice he makes with his body, the sacrifice he makes just the way he plays that position, then not only are they uninformed but they probably haven't watched us play a down since he's been in the league," Olsen continued.

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One play in particular that had people talking during the Super Bowl was a 4th quarter fumble where Newton appeared not to make an effort to get the ball back. Newton talked about that play Tuesday.

Newton said he didn't go for the fumble because his leg was in an awkward position and he could have been hurt.

During his interview, teammates in the locker room began to chant "We love Cam."

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Panthers head coach Ron Rivera called the criticism of Newton "not fair."

"We didn't play well enough to win. Criticism of Cam is not fair," Rivera said, adding that people don't know Newton personally. 

Rivera says people draw conclusions on a "snap shot instead of the entire photo album" when it comes to judging Newton and the team.

"There are 30 teams behind us and one in front of us," he said, adding that the team needs to focus on becoming a champion.

Newton says the team had been criticized all season, being called "thugs" and "classless," but says all that matters is support of the organization and the fans.

"I am here to win football games, for this organization, for Mr. Richardson, for my teammates, and for what it is worth, my fans," he said. "They know what is real and I leave everything else out on the field, I prepare the right way, I have a mentality and a standard that I set for myself."

"We will be back and I mean that. We will be back," he said.

Before speaking to the media, Newton made his rounds around the locker room signing autographs and saying goodbye to teammates.

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