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“You look at things like, well, if something positive happens do you want to hide the emotions? And if something negative happens do we want to hide the emotions?” Rivera said.

Gross, a longtime teammate of Smith’s at Utah and with the Panthers, said he doesn’t have a problem with Newton’s demeanor. And he didn’t think anything needed to be said about Newton outside of the locker room.

Cam wears his heart on his sleeve and you know how he’s feeling based on his actions,” Gross said. “He wants to win as much as anybody, and when we don’t he takes it to heart. I would like any of my teammates, if they’re upset about things, to talk it out with us in the locker room, and know that we’re all in it together.”

Smith knows he might take some criticism for calling out Newton, but doesn’t care. Smith said he hopes the lesson will pay off for Newton down the road when he’s retired and the quarterback is setting NFL records.

“If this is something wrong for saying that, well, I’d rather be wrong and one day during his long career he goes, `Ah, I hated to hear that, but maybe that’s what Smitty was talking about,’” Smith said.

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