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‘Enough is enough;’ Panthers’ Cam Newton rips league over safety of quarterbacks

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was hit by Arizona Cardinals safety D.J. Swearinger during Sunday’s game.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was hit by Arizona Cardinals safety D.J. Swearinger during Sunday’s game. Tribune News Services

Chiefs fans were furious when neither hit to the head of quarterback Alex Smith was flagged during Sunday’s 30-14 victory over the Colts in Indianapolis.

In a poll, 87 percent of respondents said the second hit to Smith was dirty.

[ Poll: Was the second hit to Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith dirty? ]

Any given Sunday is tough for NFL quarterbacks, and not long after Smith left the game against the Colts, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton called out the league for not protecting quarterbacks.

Newton was hit low during a 30-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals:

No penalty flag was thrown. Mike Pereira, the rules analyst at Fox Sports, said that was a mistake. Pereira is also the former Vice President of Officiating for the NFL. Here is what he said:

After the Panthers game, Newton said enough is enough.

“I don’t know. It’s not fun. It’s not fun,” Newton told reporters. “It’s really taken the fun out of the game for me. Honestly, it really is because at times I don’t even feel safe and enough is enough.”

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton spoke directly to not feeling safe during games during his postgame press conference on Sunday. Despite the Panthers' 30-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Newton said the breaking point was when he cou

Newton also said that he planned to talk with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about his objections.

“I don’t know what I have to do. I showed a lot of frustration today and I apologize to the referee who I was talking to, but I don’t think there is a person that can go through what I go through and still keep their head,” Newton said.

“Hits to the heads are one thing, but when you’re not protected in the pocket, that’s another thing.”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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