Cam Newton is sorry he’s not sorry.
The Carolina Panthers quarterback was a little more forthcoming Tuesday morning in his first news conference since Sunday’s post-Super Bowl debacle. Newton, criticized by many for how he handled himself after the loss, didn’t apologize for anything.
“We’ve got all these people who are condemning and saying, ‘Oh he should have done this, that and the third,’ but what makes your way right? I’ve been on record to say I’m a sore loser,” Newton told reporters, per the Charlotte Observer. “Who likes to lose? You show me a good loser and I’m going to show you a loser. It’s not a popularity contest. I’m here to win football games, and for this organization, for Mr. (Jerry) Richardson, for my teammates and for what it’s worth my fans — they know what’s real. And I leave everything else on the field. I prepare the right way.”
Newton, who insisted he had no regrets about the way he handled himself Sunday, continued.
“I have a mentality, I have a standard that I set for myself,” he explained. “And I’m not going to bend nor break. I never once offended anybody along that, but at the end of the day, we had an unbelievable season. A great season, at that. We did what a lot of people didn’t expect us to do. Hell, we did a lot of things that we were fast into doing. People knew we were going to win, but they didn’t know how fast we would win. At one point, we were undefeated.
“The truth of the matter is we’ve got two losses. Some teams had two losses the first two weeks. That’s the truth of the matter. For me, nothing’s pretty much going to change. You get what you get.”
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