(Charlotte, NC) – A lot has been said about Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton’s demeanor in the post game press conference following Carolina’s 24-10 loss to Denver in Super Bowl 50.
I co-hosted Monday’s Primetime with Chris Kroeger. I mentioned to Chris that I felt it would be very beneficial to Cam if he spoke to the media on Tuesday. That’s the final time the 2015 Carolina Panthers would be together in the same locker room.
During head coach Ron Rivera’s time with the media, he shared with the group he had planned to talk with Cam about addressing the media. He never had the conversation. Cam did it on his own.
With so many opinions flying around regarding the league MVP, here is Cam Newton in his own words speaking to the media assembled Tuesday at Bank of America Stadium:
The entire transcript of the media session is below:
“Well, I ain’t got no more tears to cry but, obviously, I’ve had a lot of time to think about it. I’ve seen so much, you know, blown out of proportion but, at the end of the day, when you invest so much time and you sacrifice so much and things don’t go as planned, I think emotions take over. I think that’s what happens. As far as trying to be like this person or that person I heard numerous quotes about ‘what of this person was in that situation, how would he have handled it?’ ‘Well we’ve seen this person do that how he would have handle it’. Truth of the matter, I’m not trying to be this person nor am I trying to be that person. I’ve said it since day one. I know who I am. I know what I’m capable of and I know where I’m going and I don’t have to conform to anybody else’s wants for me to do. I’m not that guy. If you want me to be this kind of person, I’m not that and I’m happy to say that, you know what I’m saying?. This league is a great league with or without me. I understand that. I am my own person. I take pride in that and that is pretty much how I feel.”
Q: You don’t have any regrets at all on how you handled it, not to say that you should but I’m just asking if you do?
“I really don’t, I mean, it happened. It happened. I didn’t want to talk to the media at the time and truth of the matter is I really still don’t want to talk to you. But at the end of the day, things has to happen. I had a lot of time to go back and play everything back and like I say, I’m human. I’ve never once said that I was perfect. I never proclaimed that I was perfect. But, at the end of the day, people pick and they do things of that sort and the truth of the matter is, you know, who are you to say that your way is right? Like, that’s what I don’t understand. Like, we got all these people that’s condemning and saying ‘oh man he should have did this, that and the third’ but what makes your way right? I mean, I’ve been on record as 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. I’m not here to, to, to, it’s not a popularity contest. I am here to win football games. And, for this organization, for Mr. Richardson, for my teammates, and for what it’s worth, my fans. They know what’s real and everything else I leave out on the field. I prepare the right way. I have a mentality. I have a standard that I set for myself 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. Now at one point we’re undefeated and truth of the matter is we got two losses. Some teams had two losses the first two weeks. So that’s the truth of the matter. For me nothing’s pretty much is going to change. You get what you get.
Q: Cam, that last fumble there, have you gone over that play in your mind and if you could have done anything different?
What would you want me to do?
Q: People are saying you should have jumped in the pile but you didn’t and so what do you remember what you were thinking at that moment?
OK, I didn’t get the fumble but we can play tit for tat. I’ve seen numerous quarterbacks throw interceptions and their effort afterwards, they don’t go. I don’t dive on one fumble because the way my leg was it could have been contorqued in a way. Ok, you say my effort. I didn’t dive down. I fumbled that’s fine but at the end of the, that game wasn’t built off of, we didn’t lose that game because of that fumble, I can tell you that. So, you can condemn and say ‘well, oh man, he gave up, he this, that, and a third but hey as long as my teammates know, as long as my coaches know as long as anybody that’s following this team knows. I mean it’s easy for a person to nitpick and say ‘oh man Cam this, oh he gave up’. That’s cool, that’s fine. I’m a grown man, I can understand that but to say some things along the lines of that and to say it in my face that’s extremely different.
Q: Cam it sounds like your teammates are certainly supportive of you despite the criticism you’ve got about the press conference. Tell me about that. What did the players have to say to you about your efforts on the field and what did your teammates say after the game.
What’s already understood. (several players shouting they love Cam in the background)
Q: How does that make you feel when you hear your buddies standing up [for you]?
At the end of the day, it’s understood (players singing for Cam)
But at the end of the day, what’s understood shouldn’t have to be said. You know, so many people talk about the Carolina Panthers, so many people talked about Cam, so many people talked about Coach Rivera. He fact of the matter is, nobody on this team got suspended for disciplinary reasons, you never once heard about anybody on this team have to sit out games because of what they did. You never heard coach nor coordinators say ‘These guys wasn’t coachable’, and so pretty much everything that people say about us is fluff. They say Cam’s a thug. They say players on this team are classless. But, I mean, (Player yells to Cam: ‘No thugs in college, we all went to school’) Exactly, straight up, we are professional athletes. Like I say, before you are put assume anything, what makes your way right?
Q: Any last message to fans? Your fans? Any last message to your fans?
We will be back and I mean that. Like, we will be back. I mean I say that with so much emphasis and, you know, if I offended somebody, that’s cool but I know who I am and I’m not about to conform nor bend for anybody’s expectations because your or anybody else’s expectations will never exceed mine.
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