Auburn quarterback Cam Newton reiterated Thursday that he “did no wrong” and did not know anything about an alleged “pay for play” scheme involving his father, Cecil, and former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers.
"I'm a person that did no wrong," Newton said in an interview shown by ESPN.
Newton's father has not commented publicly since the NCAA ruling was issued. Asked if he thought his father had done anything wrong, Newton said: "It's not for me to say but I know if I pick up the phone Cecil will be there."
Newton said he had no bitterness toward his father.
"My love for him is unconditional," Cam Newton said. "This type of situation can split a family but it makes us stronger."
Newton credited his teammates and Auburn coach Gene Chizik with helping him through the 24 hours between when he was ruled inelgible and reinstated.
"It was crazy for me," he said.
Newton told ESPN he hadn't directly asked his father what transpired between him and Mississippi State, but "at the end of the day I can look him in the eye and know he has my best interests at heart."
Newton, who played at Florida when Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen was offensive coordinator, said he talked to Mullen and his wife, Megan, after deciding to choose Auburn.
"I called Coach Mullen," Newton said. "I told him what I had on my heart at the time. I talked to him and his wife. We had an excellent conversation. They wished me the best and I wished them the best."
Newton described the conversation as "emotional" but added: "I wouldn't have been able to go to sleep at night without me being able to say I called Coach Mullen."
Newton was asked if anything could have been misunderstood in his conversations with Mississippi State after he decided to go to Auburn. "Through my eyes, I feel that nothing was misunderstood," he said.
Newton is in Orlando, Fla., for The Home Depot College Football Awards show. He then heads to New York for Saturday's Heisman Trophy award show. He is the overwhelming favorite to win the award.