Shortly after Cam Newton led the Panthers to a dominant win over the Cardinals on Sunday, he shifted his attention to the NFL. Newton, who has repeatedly been the victim of late and unnecessary hits, told reporters that he doesn’t “even feel safe” on the field anymore. And as a result, the game isn’t fun for him. He added that he plans on talking to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Here’s the entirety of Newton’s explanation:
“It’s not fun. It’s really taking the fun out of the game for me. Honestly, it really is. At times, I don’t even feel safe. Enough is enough. I plan on talking to Commissioner Goodell about this. It’s not fun. And I don’t know what I have to do. I showed a lot of frustration today and I apologized to the referee who I was talking to, but I don’t think there’s a person who can go through what I go through and still keep their head. Hits to the head, that’s one thing, but when you’re not protected in the pocket, that’s another thing.
“The story of my life ever since I came in is just, ‘Oh well, we messed that one up. Sorry.’ That’s bull crap. That’s bull crap. As players in this league, if we do something stupid, we get fined. If we do something derogatory to somebody else, we get fined. I just can’t keep accepting ‘Oh we missed that one’ or ‘I apologize for doing that’ or ‘I didn’t see it.’ That’s horse crap. That’s horse crap.
“Coming from a person who has been fined before, coming from a person that everybody is expecting a lot from — and I’m still growing — yet when you constantly see the hits, when you constantly see flags being picked up, when you’re constantly seeing flags not being thrown, and to see other quarterbacks getting it on lesser hits … it’s taking the fun out for me. I’m just being honest with you.”
Newton has a point. A year ago, Newton said that an official told him he was “not old enough to get that call.” And in the first game of this season, he was repeatedly hit in the head by the Broncos. Even on Sunday, against the Cardinals, the officials missed a hit below Newton’s knees.