Panthers, NFL weaving a tangled web on Cam Newton

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Oh, what a tangled web we weave when something something the Panthers are lying.

It’s not just the Panthers. The NFL, hopeful to avoid another embarrassment arising from what otherwise would be a blatant violation of the ever-evolving concussion protocol, may be in on it, too.

So is Adam Schefter of ESPN, who has passed along without any analysis or scrutiny the ridiculous notion that Cam Newton stumbled to the ground on the way to the sideline last Sunday because of a knee injury. A knee injury.

Go back and watch the video. At no point does team personnel ever check Newton’s knee. At no point does he ever point to his knee or his leg.

The party line was that he had been poked in the eye. Then, when the team realized how goofy it sounded that Newton couldn’t make it three or four more steps to the sideline without collapsing over an alleged poke in the eye, Panthers officials admitted that Newton was told to get down on the ground so that backup quarterback Derek Anderson would have more time to get ready to enter the game.

The Panthers, and the NFL, apparently have realized since then that the “we told Cam to fake it” approach isn’t ideal, especially with the concussion protocol now requiring a locker-room evaluation for any player who stumbles to the ground after taking a blow to the head.

So someone concocted the knee injury story, they passed it to someone with an extra-large social-media megaphone, and he passed it along to the audience without even the slightest hint that it’s a steaming pile of something that comes from a place somewhere between the eye and the knee.

28 responses to “Panthers, NFL weaving a tangled web on Cam Newton

  1. Preach. The lies make it worse. Either he had a concussion and came back to the game or he faked being hurt worse than he was so that the Panther has more time. Either way it’s cheating.

  2. The NFL has entirely changed the game to deal with concussion lawsuits, and then does this. I dont’ give a damn whether Newton gets brain damage now – let him, the team and the league worry about it. If they don’t care, why should I.

  3. 700levelvet says:
    January 13, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Imagine if there was a fumble involved.
    =======================================

    He sure wouldn’t have hit the ground.

  4. Regardless of how this shakes out, as much as the delay would suck, I think the league needs to institute a broadened time limit to let QB’s recover from in-game injuries, especially in the fourth quarter – maybe 3-4 minutes. For instance, in the case of Tyrod Taylor last week, while I don’t think he could have come back into the game no matter what, it would have been a shame to see him miss the final play while there was nothing seriously wrong with him. This is going to happen sooner later where a QB is going to be forced to miss a game decided set of plays while he “catches his breath” and the game will be denied the outcome that it deserves.

  5. the cheating right in front of all of us with goodell yet again trying to
    help the panthers, is absolutely incredible

    frame the pats, protect all other teams

  6. I like Schefter but this makes him come off like a clueless dolt. I would have expected better from him.

  7. He stopped short of the sideline to get some warmup time for the backup. Kirwin and Miller said it’s common practice.

  8. Cam already explained what happened in his presser. He said the inside of the helmet came down and hit his eye. He said he thought someone poked him but he had a visor. He said it wasn’t his head, someone who had a concussion before so let this go

  9. This was a case of a drama queen over-acting without thinking of the potential consequences. Exacerbated by lying from the league and team. What a time to be a fan.

  10. If Cam goes into the locker room after the hit everyone turns the game off. The NFL weighed whether their product was more important than safety and as a business, are you really surprised with the outcome?

  11. You can’t take draft picks away. The rule has a clear penalty and the Seahawks dealt with that. You have to give the Panthers the same penalty. Change it in the off season if you want to, but you can’t give Seattle $100k fine and then dock the Panthers a draft pick for the same thing a few weeks later.

  12. It was obvious he was poked or had some injury to his eye. He could be seen on the bench a few minutes later with a towel covering his eye. He was also obviously told to take a knee to give DA some warm up.
    No breach of concussion protocol. The only thing they “cheated” on was not leaving the field when he could of. That said, how many players lay on the field with injuries that they could walk off with.
    The concussion protocol is likely why Newton was leaving the field on his own. He did not want to go through the process for no reason. This can be fixed by a simple rule stating that if a QB gets hurt the team gets 5 min to warm up the back up. It happens in the MLB with pitchers, why not the NFL?

  13. whenwilliteverend says:
    January 13, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    I like Schefter but this makes him come off like a clueless dolt. I would have expected better from him.

    I don’t like “Shefty”…he IS a “clueless dolt” among other things (puppet, NFL Fanboy)….and his part in this story only proves it…

  14. “You can’t take draft picks away. The rule has a clear penalty and the Seahawks dealt with that. You have to give the Panthers the same penalty. Change it in the off season if you want to, but you can’t give Seattle $100k fine and then dock the Panthers a draft pick for the same thing a few weeks later.”

    I have news for you. Goodell can apply any punishment he wants. He proved that during BountyGate. Many of the penalties were record-breaking and not part of the rulebook.

  15. I think Cam had a concussion, and everything said otherwise is just to cover it up. The Panthers’ playoff hopes were on the line, and to send him to the locker room would basically concede the game. He was not holding his eye or his knee on the field when he went down. No one motioned him to go to the ground – watch the replay.

  16. +++++++++++++
    pantherfan550 says:
    You can’t take draft picks away. The rule has a clear penalty and the Seahawks dealt with that. You have to give the Panthers the same penalty….
    +++++++++++++

    I guess you didn’t follow Deflategate, in which Goodell’s penalty for an “equipment violation” was far in excess of the rulebook.

  17. Smart players take a knee to give their backup time to get ready if they have any type on injury that requires them to come off. That goes from Pop Warner to the NFL. This has long been known and accepted as the right thing to do…

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