CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton responded to questions Tuesday as the team arrived in the stadium to clean out their lockers.
"I've been on record to say that I'm a sore loser," Newton said. "Who likes to lose? Show me a good loser and I'm gonna to show you a loser."
Newton has been criticized for the way he answered questions from the media after their Super Bowl loss to Denver. He walked off the stage less than three minutes into questioning.
"I ain't got no more tears to cry. Obviously I've had a lot of time to think about it. I've seen so much, you know, blown out of porportion. You know. At the end of the day when you invest so much time and sacrifice so much and things don't go as planned, I think emotions take over. I think that's what happens," Newton said.
Newton was asked by a reporter if he has any regrets about how he handled the post-game questions.
"I really don't. 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 really want to talk to the media," Newton responded.
Panthers' radio analyst and Charlotte Today co-host Eugene Robinson explained the NFL requires teams to speak to the media after every game. The coach has to do it and a certain numbers of players have to do it for a certain amount of time. Typically it's about five minutes.
The Super Bowl post game interviews were side by side in the same room of the stadium divided by a black curtain. Videos shared on social media show just prior to Newton's exit, he could hear Broncos cornerback Chris Harris' brag about how beating the Panthers.
"That only fueled the fire," Robinson said.
Typically there are separate areas for the winner and losing teams for that purpose.
"I've never seen them back to back," Robinson said.
After walking off Newton changed back into the suit he wore to the game. Wearing Super Bowl 50 headphones, Newton walked through the concrete jungle of Levi's stadium without saying a word to anyone to the team bus for the ride back to the team hotel in San Jose.
The Panthers returned home Monday evening at Charlotte Douglas International Airport around 6:30 p.m. Monday. They were honored on the runway with a ceremonial water cannon salute shot by airport fire trucks.
"I had a lot of time to go back and you know play everything back," Newton said Tuesday from the locker room. "Like I say, I'm human. I've never once said that I was perfect. I never proclaimed that I was perfect."
Newton also said, "I've said this from day one. I am 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. You want me to be this type of person. I'm not that and I'm happy to say that. This league is a great league with or without me. I understand that and I am my own person. I take pride in that and that's pretty much how I feel."
"We didn't lose that game because that fumble," he said. " I don't dive on one fumble because the way my leg was, it could have been [hurt] in a way."
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera also spoke Tuesday morning about this year's team and how the locker room will be different next season.
"I'm honored and proud to say I was the head coach of the 2015 Carolina Panthers. The locker room won't be the same, things will change."
He also defended Newton in his post-game Super Bowl press conference.
"Did I wish he had handled it better and differently? Yes, but I understand who he is," Rivera said. "They don't know him."
Before walking away from reporters on Tuesday, Newton said. "We will be back and I mean that. We will be back. I say that with so much emphasis."