CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s not often that the typically calm, cool and relaxed Cam Newton breaks character and lashes out during a media interview — but he did on Sunday.
A frustrated Newton said he plans to talk with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the hits he’s been taking and the officials’ lack of calls after them.
“It’s really taking the fun out of the game for me honestly,” the Carolina Panthers quarterback said after the Panthers’ 30-20 win over the Cardinals. “Because at times, I don’t even feel safe. And 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.”
Newton’s tirade was sparked after Cardinals defensive tackle Calais Campbell went low and made contact close to his knee during the third quarter.
When asked about the hit, he simply said, “I could have torn my ACL. That’s the breaking point.”
The play was not penalized.
“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, according to USA Today. “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.”