Cam Newton apologizes for bumping Jerome Boger

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a couple of controversial plays during Sunday’s win over the Raiders.

Newton bumped referee Jerome Boger while getting up from being hit and arguing that there should have been a penalty on the Raiders on a fourth quarter play. Newton was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct and, by rule, could have been ejected for making contact with an official.

Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that Newton apologized for the incident after the game and said he was caught up in the heat of the moment. Newton said he apologized to Boger on the field as well.

Earlier in the game, it appeared he kicked Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly while trying to get off the pile at the end of a play. Newton also addressed that play following the 17-6 win.

“I realize it looked like I kicked him, but I was just trying to get up as fast as I can to get to the next play,” Newton said, via Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com.

Newton will likely be fined for bumping Bolger, a rare black mark on what’s been a good run of play for Newton in the last few weeks.

31 responses to “Cam Newton apologizes for bumping Jerome Boger

  1. randallflagg52 says: Dec 23, 2012 6:33 PM

    Meanwhile Tom Brady is allowed to spike the ball into the ground while screaming like Bill Cowler at a ref and no action is taken…
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    Dry your tears, Mommy will give you a dolly.

  2. Cam should have been removed from game. He may have an Uncle that plays in Detroit with some of his play. Time for a big fine and deserving.

  3. Any intentional contact with an official during a game is an auto DQ. That ought to ensure “stars” as well. No excuses.

  4. “I realize it looked like I kicked him, but I was just trying to get up as fast as I can to get to the next play,” Newton said, via Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com.
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    It looked like Newton kicked Kelly because he did. He should just own it.

  5. The Raiders have admitted after the game they were trying to knock Newton out as retaliation for the Hardy hit on Palmer. If your going to toss qb’s then you better toss ALL of them. Sanchez kicked a guy on MNF and no one said boo about it.

  6. I’m sure they’ll be no mention of the Raiders admitting they were intentionally taking cheap shots on Newton.

    But by all means don’t let the facts get in the way of your good story I mean it’s more like $cam Newton amirite or amirite?!?!? Rite? Haha! Gotcha Cam! Eat that!

  7. majority of you didn’t even watch the game so your opinion doesn’t matter. those who did saw a lot of dirty play goin on from both sides. it’s football it happens stop crying

  8. If he’s not fined for the kick, I’ll…
    Well I’ll think it’s lame.
    It was blatantly a kick. Nothing ambiguous about it.
    Right in front of an official, as well.

    Unless they flagged Kelly for trying to headbutt Newton’s foot….

  9. No Raider has said they were intentionally trying to knock out Cam. Stop trying to make excuses for your guy when he acts like a petulant child.

  10. @panther34: The hit on Palmer was malicious. The defender dropped his head and used his helmet to spear Palmer in the back. There were some questionable calls in the game, this was not one of them.

    Also, Cam acted like a petulant child a few times during the game. In the 1st qtr, BEFORE the Palmer hit, Cam shoved #56 Burris off of him after a routine tackle. The tone was set then.

    Cam is the current spoiled child of the league and he is certainly acting like it.

  11. tommy kelly admitting to trying to intentionally hurt cam pretty much sums up why cam reacted the way he did. good on cam for not taking it lying down.

  12. I remember Steve Tasker bumped an official in his last NFL game. It was a heat-of-the-moment gaff and he was ejected.

    Cam Newton should have been ejected as well. Either for this one or the kick with his spikes.

  13. Hard to say anything is a “rare black mark” for a loser like Newton who has such a checkered past (including a laptop theft at U of Florida). Still, the NFL referees have been so atrocious lately that many have come to deserve retributive physical violence from the players. I commend Cam Newton in this regard

  14. FinFan68 says:
    Dec 23, 2012 6:45 PM
    Any intentional contact with an official during a game is an auto DQ. That ought to ensure “stars” as well. No excuses.
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    Kicking a player is an ejection too, yet he didn’t get ejected for either one.

    What kills me is that there was an official so close to the kick that he could have been hit too, and the guy was watching it all the way.

    SMH.

    Newton needs to grow up, fast.

  15. I watched it and Cam did kick Boger however I thought Boger was holding on to Cam’s legs a little longer than neccesary. Both players had some fault here and it probably should have been off setting penalties.

    BTW one of the worse officiated games you will ever see in the NFL. Made the replacement refs look awesome!

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