Cam New­ton: ‘I don’t even feel safe’

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

‘Cam is cor­rect. I sup­port him 100 per­cent in this. I was dis­ap­pointed it wasn’t called.’

Ron Rivera Carolina Pan­thers coach

CAROLINA Pan­thers head coach Ron Rivera backed up quar­ter­back Cam New­ton’s crit­i­cism of NFL of­fi­cials for fail­ing to call il­le­gal hits against him.

New­ton went off on of­fi­cials af­ter a 30-20 tri­umph over the Ari­zona Car­di­nals on Oc­to­ber 30. He was par­tic­u­larly in­censed about a be­low-the-knees hit by Car­di­nals tackle Calais Camp­bell on which no foul was called.

New­ton said the hit bent his leg back­ward and could have torn a lig­a­ment.

“It’s re­ally tak­ing the fun out of the game for me,” New­ton said. “At times I don’t even feel safe. And enough is enough.”

Rivera told re­porters on Oc­to­ber 31 that he agreed.

“Cam is cor­rect,” the coach said. “I sup­port him 100 per­cent in this. I was dis­ap­pointed it wasn’t called. But I get the ben­e­fit of look­ing up at the screen and see­ing it on re­play. It con­firmed what I thought. It’s dif­fi­cult. You’d like to see those calls made. I’d love to see our quar­ter­back get those calls.”

Rivera said that he thinks New­ton’s size is the rea­son the flags aren’t be­ing thrown.

“I think he gets a lit­tle bit of the Shaquille O’Neal treat­ment,” he added, a ref­er­ence to the tow­er­ing for­mer NBA star.

“He’s a big­ger guy for that po­si­tion as op­posed to some of the smaller quar­ter­backs of stature. When they get hit, they roll around to the ground. When he gets it, he ab­sorbs them and it doesn’t look as bad.” –

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