Cam Newton fears for safety, calls out National Football League refs for double standard

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He added that he doesn't feel safe anymore.

"Look, it's legal to hit a quarterback in the knee area or below as long as it's not forceful and is a swipe with the arm", FOX Sports rules analyst Mike Pereira said Sunday. I plan on talking to commissioner Goodell about this.

Following the Carolina Panthers' 30-20 win against the Arizona Cardinals, the reigning MVP had some choice words about the lack of calls from officials after being hit.

Campbell dived at Newton's legs after the Panthers quarterback released a pass, hitting him below his right knee and causing Newton's leg to bend backward awkwardly.

Newton said he has taken hits that have drawn flags for other quarterbacks, and that he's exhausted of it.

When the subject was brought up again, Newton unleashed an extended rant, ripping the officials and threatening to go to the league office to complain. "I don't think there's a person who can go through what I go through and still keep their head". The Denver Broncos delivered several unpenalized hits to the head of Newton in the season opener, and he was not removed from the game to be evaluated for a concussion. That's coming from a person that's been fined before, that everybody's expecting a lot from. I just can't keep accepting, "Oh we missed that one" or "I apologize for doing that" or 'I didn't see it"-that's horsecrap". That's bull crap. As players in this league, if we do something stupid, we get fined. But yet when you constantly see the hits, constantly see flags being picked up, and you constantly see flags getting thrown, and to see other quarterbacks getting it, lesser hits, lesser physical hits, then it’s taking the fun for me out.

Newton, who has not shown on-field frustration after hits this season, was asked what happened today that was the breaking point. He also said Sunday that the officials are telling him they're missing calls and will get the next ones. He was famously told by veteran official Ed Hochuli previous year that he wasn't "old enough to get that call" following an unflagged late hit in a September game against the New Orleans Saints. "That's the breaking point. I'm trying to win football games".

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