One day after signing a 1-year deal with the New England Patriots — Newton took to his YouTube channel and posted a five-minute video that included footage of Newton working out in Atlanta on March 17, the day the Panthers gave him permission to seek a trade after nine seasons together.
“Right now, I feel angry, I feel let down,” Newton said. “But at the same time, I’m not bitter, you know what I mean? I know since the first day that I came into this league, that this day was going to come.”
In the video, Newton reiterated he did not want to part ways with the Panthers, but said he ultimately asked for a trade because he realized the situation at hand.
“I never once wanted to leave Carolina,” Newton said. “Don’t let them make you believe anything else. It was their decision. I stuck with it, and I knew that, so I asked for a trade.”
The video then had highlights from Newton’s NFL career, including when he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2011 and when he won the league’s MVP award in 2015.
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