Cam Newton is dismayed at what he feels is continual un-preferential treatment when it comes to drawing flags for late hits, headshots, and low hits. After initially declining to comment on those feelings, he went into a lengthy explanation about his thoughts in today’s postgame.
“At times, I don’t even feel safe,” he said, dressed in a pink suit and green pilgrim hat. “Enough is enough. I plan on talking to Commissioner Goodell about this, but 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 that can go through what I go through and still keep their head.”
“Hits to the head, that’s one thing,” he continued. “But when you’re not protected in the pocket, that’s another thing. The story of my life ever since I came in is, ‘Oh, we missed that. I’m sorry.’ That’s bullcrap.”
Cam, at least by virtue of his size and difficulty to defend — and perhaps also how his persona is perceived — does seem to be officiated by a different standard than other quarterbacks.
This is the hit that he was specifically upset about today; he yelled at referee Walt Coleman during the game, and said afterward that it could have torn his ACL: