Cam Newton doesn’t feel safe on the field

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Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers quarterback said Sunday during a press conference he’s planning to take his complaint with no-calls on late hits to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

“It’s really taking the fun out of the game for me — honestly, it really is,” Newton said. “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.”

The moment the player realized he was fed up, was in the second half of the Panthers’ 30-20 win against Arizona on Sunday.  On third-and-goal from Arizona’s 2-yard line he received a hard shot to the knees. It happened when Calais Campbell reached low as Newton threw an incomplete pass to Philly Brown. “I could have torn an ACL,” Newton said. “That was the breaking point for me.”

After he was hit, Newton stayed on the ground longer than usual, his teammates and Arizona players went and checked on him. But when he got up, he walked towards the official to complain about the play.

The player referred to his view about officials not making calls when he receives hits in the pocket as “bullcrap” and “horsecrap”

“I showed a lot of frustration today, and I apologize to the referee I was talking to. But 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. It’s always, ‘Oh, we missed that, I’m sorry.’ That’s bullcrap — that’s bullcrap.”

He also said, “when you constantly see the hits, when you constantly see flags being picked up and flags not being thrown, and to see other quarterbacks getting it for less physical hits, it’s taking the fun out of the game, I’m just being honest about that.”

Let’s not forget he missed one game with a concussion after he received a legal helmet-to-helmet hit at Atlanta.  Newton was hit minimal four times on the helmet, but only one penalty was called.

“At times in games, I haven’t felt protected by the officials,” Newton said. “For me, I’m just trying to bite my tongue, trying to get through the game, because it’s frustrating. 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. I play this game one way; I’m no different than anybody else. I’m just trying to win football games, and whatever I’m asked to do, that’s what I’m going to do.”

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