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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JULY 30: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots addresses the media during Training Camp at Gillette Stadium on July 30, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

Cam Newton caused a stir in the football world last Friday when he shared an Instagram post saying, in part, “Loyalty, I deserve it!” But according to the quarterback himself, the post had nothing to do with football.

Newton spoke to reporters after Monday’s joint practice between the Patriots and Eagles in Philadelphia, and was asked about the cryptic Instagram post. Asked who was being disloyal, he jokingly said, “Uh, the girls in my life.”

Pressed further on the matter, Newton replied: “Having a close talk with people, that’s just the type of vibe I’ve been on, as a father, as a friend. It’s deeper than football, in most cases, with my Instagram. I use my social platform to really become a human. I don’t really talk about football things. I try to post minimal football things, because at the end of the day, I’m a human being. That statement wasn’t for football. It was more so like a human. I’m a person who’s away from my kids a lot, away from my family a lot, away from my friends a lot, away from the people who know me the most a lot, and I’m not perfect by that, and that was kind of what I was meaning by that.

“For somebody to take that interpretation as – I don’t know how – but to relate it to football, it had zero things to do with football. I just know that having a relationship with your kids via FaceTime, that’s kind of the worst thing, but it’s my heart, my heart is intentional, and I want loyalty, more so because of my imperfections as a person, as a man.”

So unless you believe Newton is simply lying about the intentions behind his Instagram post, it turns out that we in the New England football media simply misinterpreted it because of the timing and the fact that we’re all in “football mode” at the moment. Newton frequently posts similar messages on his Instagram page that weren’t blown out of proportion because they didn’t happen to go out the night after a preseason game. In fact, he’s posted twice to his account since Friday.

According to practice reps tracked by the Boston Herald’s Andrew Callahan, Newton was 13-of-21 with an interception in competitive team drills against the Eagles defense. The teams will reconvene at the Philadelphia practice facility for their second and final joint practice on Tuesday.

Newton also told reporters that Bill Belichick has not promised him the starting quarterback job for Week 1.

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