Is there a pattern of treating Black quarterbacks as well as scrambling quarterbacks differently than the standard “pocket backs” are treated in The NFL? Well, Sunday after the Carolina Panthers 30-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, the Panthers star QB Cam Newton seemed to think so and said that says he is intending to talk to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the hits that he constantly receives, most of the time without too much notice or justifiable penalties being assessed. At his postgame news conference, sporting a bright green hat, Newton was clear in regards to how he felt about the situation.
“It’s really taking the fun out of the game for me honestly because at times I don’t even feel safe. And enough is enough. I plan on talking to Commissioner Goodell about this. But it’s not fun. And I don’t know what I have to do. [That’s]The story of my life ever since I came in is, ‘Oh, oh well we missed that one, I’m sorry, we’ll try to get it.’ That’s bullcrap, that’s bullcrap. As players in this league, we do something stupid, we get fined. If we do something derogatory to somebody else, we get fined. I just can’t keep accepting, ‘Oh we missed that one’ or ‘I apologize for doing that’ or ‘I didn’t see it,’ — that’s horsecrap. That’s horsecrap. And coming from a person that’s been fined before, coming from a person that everybody is expecting a lot from, and I’m still growing. But yet when you constantly see the hits, constantly see flags being picked up, and you constantly see flags getting thrown, and to see other quarterbacks getting it, lesser hits, lesser physical hits, then it’s taking the fun for me out. I’m just being honest with that.”
Around the NFL writer Kevin Patra seemed to back Newton up and posted this on nfl.com. “In the season opener, Newton was the subject of controversial non-calls when he was hit in the helmet multiple times without penalties being called. Questions were also raised as to whether concussion protocol was implemented properly after he was allowed to play shortly after taking a late-game hit. In Week 5, Newton suffered a concussion on a legal hit while he was running in for a two-point conversion against the Atlanta Falcons. He missed the next game.
The refereeing of Newton has drawn comparisons to Shaquille O’Neal’s heyday in the NBA. Newton’s size and physicality often make it difficult for refs to see the illegal and borderline illegal shots he takes. Newton’s size, however, doesn’t excuse repeated missed calls.
Newton is now standing up for himself after the latest blow.”
It has been a perceived whether it is true or false that Black or scrambling quarterbacks from Willie Thrower, Fran Tarkenton, James Harris, Doug Williams, Randall Cunningham, Kordell (Slash) Stewart, (who by the way was never fully considered or accepted as a pure QB), Vince Young, the late Steve McNair, Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson, Colin Kapernick on down just don’t attract the “sensitive eye” of the officials when it comes to unnecessary hits while they were and are confined to the pocket.
The officials should be filmed and penalized as well for missing unjustified hits on unsuspecting quarterbacks whether they are considered to be mobile or immobile. So whether a quarterback is White or Black, if he is allowed to be brutalized more often than not because he may appear in the eyes of certain individuals charged to police NFL competition to be bigger and stronger and therefore should be able to “absorb more punishment;” because of their physical stature, then all of them are victims of the; “curse of the Mandingo.” (The source for this article was nfl.com)
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