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December 24, 2012

League reviewing Cam's contact with official

The NFL office is reviewing Cam Newton's contact with a game official during Sunday's win against Oakland and could fine the Panthers' quarterback, a league source said Monday.

After being taken down by Raiders safety Mike Mitchell after a short pass in the fourth quarter, Newton stood up quickly and yelled at referee Jerome Boger, bumping him and drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Boger told a pool reporter he misspoke when he announced the personal foul was for bumping an official. He said he penalized Newton for “disrespectfully addressing” an official, adding the contact wasn't of a “malicious nature.”

Newton apologized to Boger after the game.

Newton, who was sacked twice and hit a number of other times, said he was frustrated that the blitzing Mitchell finished his hit after Newton released the ball.

“Usually when you throw the ball they release. But in that particular time I felt as if I threw the ball and he’s still finishing the hit and drove me into the ground,” Newton said Sunday. “Out of frustration and me seeing the umpire right there, I questioned his decision not to throw the flag.”

The NFL rulebook states that unnecessary physical contact with a game official “may result in disqualification,” and must be reported to the commissioner.

A league spokesman said the decision to eject a player lies with the official; Boger said he never considered tossing Newton from the game.

--Joseph Person



Posted by Observer Sports on December 24, 2012 at 02:23 PM | Permalink


Heat of the moment.

Posted by: EFord | Dec 24, 2012 3:58:20 PM

Hey NFL office - how about reviewing how bad the refs were in this game?!! They were (much) worse than the replacement refs - calling penalties on completely perfect tackles, and then missing obvious penalties, like the Mitchell late hit that made Cam so angry.

Posted by: WayneD | Dec 24, 2012 4:48:18 PM

The Raiders Pathers game had to be the worst officiated NFL game of the year.

Posted by: Black--Panther | Dec 24, 2012 8:01:18 PM

Throw Connie Newton a tissue to cry into. Waa-waa-waa.

Posted by: John Blutarski | Dec 24, 2012 8:18:04 PM

Hey John how about you get hit a couple of times by a team intentionally trying to hurt you and see if you don't....oh never mind, you probably wouldn't get up.

Posted by: Marvin | Dec 24, 2012 8:36:01 PM

I wish Cam could be more focused on the team game than on himself. Outside of the Carolinas, Cam has the reputation of a high-maintenance diva. Cam, there are things you can't control and there's things that you CAN control, like your footwork, accuracy, and firm leadership. Keep pounding, Go Panthers!

Posted by: PantherFan | Dec 25, 2012 11:43:15 AM

Cam should have been ejected from the game if not another one for making contact with the ref.

Posted by: John | Dec 25, 2012 7:12:05 PM

I wish Cam would get his head out of his ###

Posted by: Scott | Dec 26, 2012 10:40:23 AM

Who will the Kraken take out this week?

Posted by: nosebleed fan | Dec 26, 2012 12:43:21 PM

Hey, John. How do you get hit several times by a team to try to hurt you, see if you don't... Oh, it doesn't matter, you might not get up.

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