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Gene Steratore And Crew Show Little Regard For Player Safety

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Cam Newton is one of the more accomplished players in the NFL. Newton is a three-time Pro Bowler, 2011 Offensive Rookie Of The Year, 2015 Offensive Player Of The Year, and was a first team All-Pro selection last season. Even in college he enjoyed an enormous amount of success. Newton is the only player in history to win the Heisman, the National Championship, and be the first pick in the NFL Draft in the same year.

Newton is arguably the face of the NFL. As its reigning MVP, Cam Newton deserved more than what he got Thursday night. His father, Cecil Newton recently voiced his displeasure, regarding the officiating Thursday night.

“It starts with the guys who control the behavior on the field,” Cecil Newton told ESPN on Friday. “I think the culprit is the mere fact that they allowed the game to get out of control. They allowed players to push the envelope to the very edge. That’s my ultimate concern. Whether [league officials] want to go after them or not, fine. But I’m thinking about Cam Newton being healthy today, tomorrow and 25 or 35 years from now.”

It’s ludicrous that only one flag, was thrown on four of the helmet-to-helmet shots Newton took. The NFL prides its self on numbers. That’s an average of 25 percent. Gene Steratore and his crew protected the reigning MVP 25 percent of the time in those instances. The league has been hell-bent on player safetybut officials showed little regard for Newton.

Later on in the interview, Cecil Newton was hesitant to play the “race card” but he has a valid point. It’s safe to say that 2014 NFL MVP, Aaron Rodgers, would have gotten every single one of those calls Thursday night.

“I’m beginning to question the consistency of how games are being called — and who they would call this particular play against versus this particular player,” Newton’s father said. “Was Cam treated differently from other quarterbacks? In this case, yes, he was — clearly. Anybody who has followed the game for any length of time and has a working knowledge of how the game is to be played would agree with that statement.”

Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger, are approximately the same size. If Roethlisberger took that amount of punishment from Redskin defenders Monday night, a flag will be thrown every single time. It is easy to play the race card, but I’m sure Russell Wilson,Tyrod Taylor, Dak Prescott, and even Teddy Bridgewater would have received better treatment.

Last year against the Tennessee Titans, Newton showboated in the end zone, following a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. With a the game already out of hand, Titans linebacker Avery Willamson took exception. A Tennessee mom  penned an open letter to the Charlotte Observer regarding Newton‘s antics in the fourth quarter.

At the collegiate level, Newton endured a ton of scrutiny. Newton spent all of his college career primarily in the southern part of the country. With stops at Florida, Blinn College in Texas, and then Auburn. Many fans mainly in the SEC, often referred to him as “Scam” Newton.

After he made NFL history  against the Denver Broncos, Newton did his usual “Superman” touchdown celebration. I immediately thought to myself, “I see why people dislike him. He seems arrogant.” In my opinion, however, a lot of people have a strong disdain for Cam Newton, and that’s understandable. It’s just unfortunate, that officials were the true “Kryptonite” for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.