Panthers' QB Cam Newton on refs: 'I don't even feel safe'

Javier Howell
November 4, 2016

After the game, Newton was incensed, vowing to talk to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell about the hits he continues to take.

During the Carolina Panthers' Week 8 game against the Arizona Cardinals, quarterback Cam Newton received a scary hit to the new which was dealt by defensive end Calais Campbell. "At times I don't even feel safe", Newton said. And enough is enough.

Rivera said he's had a number of discussions with league officials, including commissioner Roger Goodell. But it's not fun. "And I don't know what I have to do".

Here's Newton's full comment when asked postgame about the low hit.

The breaking point for Newton came in the second half against Arizona. It became the story of my life ever since I came in [to the league]. Newton said other quarterbacks in the league get those calls more often. That's bullcrap. As player in this league if we do something stupid we get fined. If you do something derogatory to somebody else, we get fined. A team source said Newton had a hard time settling down on the sideline - and he vented his frustrations publicly at his post-game press conference.

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Newton was unhappy in general after taking several hits that didn't draw flags.

"I think you could say that", he said. He goes to shoot a little layup and he gets hacked and hammered and they don't call it.

"It's really taken the fun out of the game for me, honestly". Hits to the head, that's one thing but when you're not protected in the pocket, that's another thing. But he's not playing against boys, he's playing against the toughest athletes in the world ... and he's had enough of them hitting him without getting penalized. It might not be intentional malice by the officials against Newton and the Panthers, but how the quarterback reacts to the hits. "I'd love to see our quarterback get those calls". "When he gets it, he absorbs them and it doesn't look as bad". It's frustrating ... I know people are probably taking what I'm saying out of context, because you have to look back and look at it from my vantage point. Charles missed Sunday's game at Indianapolis and only played two snaps last week after a two-game stint in which he was active.

Remember, Newton is three weeks removed from missing only the third game of his career due to a concussion he suffered against the Falcons on October 2. He also ran for 43 yards on seven carries. No penalty was called on the hit that injured Newton.