Cam Newton, in his first comments following his curt Super Bowl 50 post-game press conference, says he is in fact a "sore loser."
Newton, who gave short answers and was visibly uncomfortable during questioning Sunday night after the Carolina Panthers' 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50, walked off the podium in response to a question that troubled him.
On Tuesday, the league NFL MVP did not apologize for walking out. Instead, Newton said, "Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser."
"If I offended anybody that's cool, but I know who I am and I'm not about to conform nor bend for anybody's expectations," Newton said from the Panthers' locker room inside Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
"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," he said. "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."
The last comment could be directed at former Falcon and NFL Network Deion Sanders, who chastised Newton, when he said no other NFL quarterback would behave in such a way.
Newton's coach, Ron Rivera, said he wasn't bothered by his quarterback's sulky display after the game Sunday.
“The one thing about Cam that I think a lot of people have to understand is he hates to lose. He really does. And a lot of great ones have that,” Rivera said on Pro Football Talk Live. “Unfortunately, we just didn’t win the big one. I think he’ll learn and grow from this situation and come back stronger next year.”
Newton said he believes his reaction was "blown out of proportion" by the media.
He said his emotions after the game were raw, but he's recovered.
"I've got no more tears to cry," Newton said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.