CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Despite snapping a four-game losing streak in a rematch of the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals, it was not all smiles for the Panthers Sunday.
Quarterback Cam Newton voiced his displeasure with the officiating in Sunday’s game, saying he plans on speaking with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Arizona defensive lineman Calais Campbell hit Newton below the knees in the third quarter, leaving the defending NFL MVP furious.
“I could’ve torn my ACL, that was the breaking point,” Newton said.
This hit on Cam Newton should have been a penalty. pic.twitter.com/VA8Q3ooTvy— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) October 30, 2016
Newton went on to say that he doesn’t feel protected by the officials like other quarterbacks.
“It’s really taking the fun out of the game for me. At times I don’t even feel safe,” Newton said. “And enough is enough. I plan on talking to Commissioner Goodell about this, and I don’t know what I have to do.”
Newton said he’s fed up with officials not making calls that he feels are necessary, and brought up reprimanding officials for missed calls.
“The story of my life ever since I came in is, ‘Oh, oh, well, we missed that one. I’m sorry. I’ll try to get it.’ That’s bullcrap,” Newton said. “As a player in this league, if we do something stupid we get fined. If you do something derogatory to somebody else, we get fined.
“For every hit they get that’s called, I can match it with a hit that doesn’t get the call,” Newton said.