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The NFL MVP went on to answer questions about his lackluster Super Bowl performance, his fourth quarter fumble and his decision to not speak to the media after the game, WSOC-TV reported.
"I've said it since day one: 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 anyone else's wants. I'm not that guy. If you want me to be this type of person I'm not that and I'm happy to say that. I am my own person and I take pride in that."
Newton went on to say, "Who are you to say that your way is right? I have all of these people who are condemning and saying this that and the third but what makes your way right?"
Newton's coach, Ron Rivera, said he wasn't bothered by his quarterback's show of emotion on or off the field 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 PFT 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 Tuesday he was undeterred by the criticism.
"I've got no more tears to cry. 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."
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.
"I'd much rather have a guy who hates to lose than a guy who accepts it," Rivera said.