The father of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton told ESPN on Friday he was ‘grossly disturbed’ by hits his son suffered in a loss to Denver in the season opener on Thursday.
“It starts with the guys who control the behavior on the field,” Cecil Newton told ESPN. “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.”
The Broncos were penalized for one helmet-to-helmet hit during the game, but the story by ESPN writer Jim Trotter reported there were at least three more that could have been called.
Carolina coach Ron Rivera and some of Newton’s Carolina teammates also questioned the lack of calls and protection for their quarterback. Cecil Newton said he doesn’t believe his son is receiving the same protection other quarterbacks in the league receive and it might be because Cam Newton is often as big or bigger than the defenders hitting him and his style of play.