I already told you that the NFL bears as much blame for Cam Newton’s childish behavior as his enabling parents do. That was beyond obvious when he was allowed to remain in an NFL contest despite kicking Tommy Kelly and bumping an official.
But that was just the conjecture of a frustrated blogger bent because his team lost to the biggest cry baby this side of Philip Rivers. Now we’ve got concrete evidence that the NFL has no desire to punish one of their more profitable players.
While the game officials took no action against Newton on Sunday the league has. For his unsportsmanlike acts committed against Oakland Newton has been hit with a $21,000 fine. That’s roughly one weekend’s profits from ripping off fans for autographs.
Not exactly the kind of punishment befitting a man that committed two acts each of which would have had most anyone else tossed out of an NFL game – at least anyone that isn’t appearing in NFL sponsored ads that is.
We already knew that the league is out to protect its pretty boy quarterbacks. The second Tom Brady gets hurt a new rule pops up on the books. The moment a quarterback hits the ground too hard a flag is thrown.
Here’s the problem with the NFL’s stance on protecting its profitable players. It’s hypocritical to act as if there is concern for the safety of the players if it only applies to certain individuals. Who protects the players from the antics of Newton or the officials for that matter?
Basically the league is saying it is perfectly OK for Newton to kick another player then bump an official. Never mind the fine, this warranted a suspension.
But it’s all about safety…right?
The real crime is that since this wasn’t a marquee matchup there will be no national debate on the subject. Just a bit of news swept under the rug, just the way the NFL likes it.