Cam Newton finally fired back at the NFL for its officiating: ‘I don’t even feel safe’
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Image: Streeter Lecka/Getty ImagesBy Jacob Lauing2016-10-31 20:23:20 UTC
It took eight weeks and a handful of questionable officiating calls, but it finally happened.
Cam Newton reached his breaking point.
The Carolina Panthers quarterback took a low hit to the knees against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday one of many questionably dangerous tackles on Newton this season but officials didn’t throw a flag.
The reigning NFL MVP has been coy when asked about the league’s officiating this season. After Sunday’s game, though, he didn’t hold back.
Donning his consistently gaudy post-game press conference attire, Newton let out what felt like years’ worth of frustration.
“Enough is enough,” Newton said. “I don’t think there’s a person that can go through what I go through and keep their head, you know what I’m saying? Hits to the head, that’s one thing, but when you’re not protected in the pocket, that’s another thing. It became the story of my life ever since I came in (to the league). It’s always, ‘Oh, we missed that, I’m sorry.’ That’s bull crap.”
Newton runs away from Kevin Minter in Sunday’s game.
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Cam Newton is at the crux of the NFL’s player safety controversy this season.
The Denver Broncos’ four helmet-to-helmet hits on Newton in Week 1 went unpenalized, which led the NFL to change its concussion protocol earlier this month. Newton also missed Week 5 with a concussion.
His sentiment comes in stark contrast to his comments from Week 1, when Newton said “it’s not my job to question the officials,” according to SB Nation.
On Sunday, Newton echoed what his dad argued earlier this season the reigning NFL MVP is officiated differently than other quarterbacks.
“When I see other guys get calls, they don’t have to be no MVP, they don’t have to be this type of tier of a player,” Newton said. “I look at how they get hit. For every hit they get a call, I can match a hit in my career that I didn’t get a call. “
According to the NFL, though, officials have only missed three calls on Newton since 2013. Per Pro Football Talk, the league has missed more calls on 11 other quarterbacks.
Still, Newton said he plans on talking to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has tried to prioritize player safety in the NFL as public discussion about head injuries has increased in recent years.
The NFL’s player safety debacle rolls on, Newton’s comments marking yet another chapter.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith went down with a concussion on Sunday, a week after his teammate Josh Norman did the same. Players have already spoken out against the league, but with the MVP firing shots, expect the heat to dial up even more.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.