NFL VP Dean Blandino accepts Ed Hochuli’s denial of ageism

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If you look at the video of the moment Cam Newton alleges that referee Ed Hochuli told him he “not old enough,” to get a personal foul call, it’s clear that Hochuli said something that took Newton aback.

But Hochuli’s boss defended his work this morning, and said the veteran official with the strong look-at-me traits didn’t say what Newton said he said.

Appearing on the NFL Network, NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said he trusts Hochuli’s version of events.

“I certainly wasn’t there, but I’ve spoken with Ed,” Blandino said. “Ed was adamant that he did not say that. He told me that he said that ‘the difference is you were running.’ I think when you look at the tape it does look like Ed did say that, I think at one point. You can’t see everything that Ed says, but he’s adamant he didn’t say it and I think that’s where we are right now and we’re just going to kind of move on from there.”

Of course, it can’t just go away that easily, because Newton broached the topic of one of officiating’s oldest unwritten rules, that certain players get preferential treatment because of their status. Blandino made it clear that’s not a direction the league gives its officials in training (such that he would say otherwise). And Blandino added that Hochuli could be punished if they found out he said what Newton said he said.

“Absolutely,” Blandino said. “We would do an investigation, see if anybody was mic’d in the area and we’ve had situations in the past where an official said something inappropriate to a player and we’ve disciplined them. So there is a process in place and we would have to go through that process to see if we could pick up what was actually said.

“Any official could be disciplined if they say something inappropriate and we do not teach that the number of years a player is in the league is going to determine whether a foul is called. It’s the posture that he’s in and was there a violation. So saying something to that effect is certainly something that is not appropriate. Again, Ed is adamant that he didn’t say it and that’s where we are.”

That’s precisely what should happen. The league should investigate this one, listen to all the available audio, and share their results. Perhaps an appropriate timeframe might be something between the five-minutes it took them to declare HeadsetGate a non-issue and the offseason-consuming Wells investigation on DeflateGate.

Because whether Newton was trying to buy a cheap 15 yards or not, the simple allegation that Hochuli invoked a different standard for a different player is troubling, for a number of reasons.

135 responses to “NFL VP Dean Blandino accepts Ed Hochuli’s denial of ageism

  1. The league is scared because Cam pointed out something the league tried to keep secret. Of course certain QBs get preferential treatment. Of course the league is going to make this story “disappear”.

  2. Just like you weren’t on the Cowboys party bus. Right Dean Blandino? I’m no fan of Newton, but when I went back to look at it he definitely said something that caused Newton to look at him funny.

  3. Here we go again! “Certain players get preferential treatment because of their status”, can only mean one thing….another week of “Brady Bashing”.

  4. I think Hochuli made a joke that Cam didn’t like, and now won’t admit it. Cam is also being a jerk. But Ed is looking pretty cowardly.

  5. Cam Newton’s character is certainly less than stellar so between the two I’m willing to listen to Hochuli.

    I think they should do an investigation and if it was said Hochuli should be suspended and if it wasn’t said then Newton should be suspended.

  6. To think at one time we had football players that flew bombing missions over Germany now we have athletes that call themselves SUPERMAN and are as soft as Carolina blue bubble gum !

  7. No one, except maybe 5% believe a word that comes from Blandino, Goodell or ANY official within the league office. The NFL has had numerous opportunities to gain back trust and confidence by amending their modus operandi, of course they have done nothing. We have seen that they do not care the slightest bit about their loyal, die hard fans and are openly going out of their way to appeal and appease the fair weather and thin skinned fans.

    We can all live with missed calls, we get it. But the momentum killing, replay lacking, drive extending/killing phantom calls are becoming ridiculous. Fire Goodell.

  8. I’m no Cam Newton fan, nor do I have a beef with Hochuli, but I tend to believe Newton. What incentive or motive does he have to lie? I saw the replay of his press conference, and he sure seemed like a guy telling the truth.

  9. Hard to believe the spin coming from Dean Blandino. If he did not say that what did he say Dean?

    Surely the easiest way to clear this up is to tell us what in fact he did say.

    You office lacks enough credibility for this spin right now!

  10. Yo,,DUFUS SUPERMAN (yeah kam,,kam),,,now you won’t get any calls..idiot!!! Besides like most running QB’s of late..you play that lil dance thing on the chalk line and hope to draw a 15 yarder..man up KAM KAM

  11. Except none except Hochuli and Newton really know what was said.

    Until audio emerges or a clear look at Hochuli’s face and a professional lip reader able to determine what was said I don’t know that I believe Newton or Hochuli.

  12. This post could have been titled:

    Blandino call Newton a Liar!!!!

    This is what we have come to in Roger Goodell’s NFL. Nobody trusts anyone and the culmination is going to be Kroenke taking on Richardson.

  13. Newton has been an entitled whiner dating back to his high school days.
    Shut your piehole and play ball.

  14. Nothing changes in the NFL
    Goodell lies
    Vincent lies
    Pash lies
    Wells lies
    Hochuli lies
    Colts lie
    Ravens lie
    This league doesn’t even pretend to be legitimate.
    Patriots win too much…lets manufacture a sting.
    Certain QBs wandering off the league controlled reservation…lets slander and demean them.
    Even with all the NFL’s lying/duplicitous ways, Hochuli did have a moment of refreshing honesty…telling Newton he’s not entitled to the special treatment that is afforded to Manning by the rules committee that has tried to pave the way for more Manning trophies. Sorry Cam…wrong color……..jersey?

  15. How the hell can Blandino side with Hochuli – Panthers won the game, Cam Newtons reaction is one of surprise and disbelief, if Hochuli had said what he claims he said why would Cam react that way? – it makes no sense.

    This is just the NFL covering their asses yet again.

  16. Marquee players don’t get the calls or preferential treatment? Seriously?

    I guess no one has watched a Packers or Patriots game in the past 8 years or so.

  17. So what it boils down to is that Muscles told his boss that Cam made it up, and Boss says, “OK, case closed.”

    But why would Cam make something like that up? It wasn’t crowd noise causing him to not hear Muscles accurately. (I love my team, but since you have to have a net worth of at least $1 million to afford a ticket, it’s a total wine-and-cheese crowd where you will actually get reported to stadium security if you cheer too loudly or stand up for an entire play.)

    I’m not sure the play was worthy of a flag, but given the absolute farce that was the flag on Olsen’s first TD, and a few other flags on both sides, it wouldn’t have been an outrage if Cam did get the flag he wanted. Overall, Muscles and crew aren’t very good.

  18. Even with all the NFL’s lying/duplicitous ways, Hochuli did have a moment of refreshing honesty…telling Newton he’s not entitled to the special treatment that is afforded to Manning by the rules committee that has tried to pave the way for more Manning trophies. Sorry Cam…wrong color……..jersey?

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    Rule changes have to be approved by the owners of the NFL (32 owners of the teams). The rules committe cannot unilaterally change the rulebook, so saying that 31 owners approved the changes just to get Manning a trophy is bizarre. Besides, no QB has preferential treatment that Tom Brady (perhaps Drew Bress).

  19. Cam came off at his press conference as truthful. Blandino comes off as Brady like, as in lying through his teeth.

  20. I both believe and disbelieve Cam.

    He sure knew how he wanted to spin his story at the podium and really enjoyed hearing himself tell his tale.

    I know these things – I love the sound of my own voice, too.

  21. With each passing day it should be more and more clear to even the most ardent resident of Haternation that the Pats were a target of a setup based on lies. Misinformation is too kind a description.

    But please, don’t stop hatin’. It only makes each win sweeter.

  22. a lot of QBs and RBs play this game where they dance on the sideline and if you try to hit them they’ll get out of bounds and you’ll get a penalty. IF you hold back, they’ll stay in bounds and get another 10 yards. Real fair.

    There should be more leeway to hit these dancing clowns kind of like hitting a QB after he throws it. You’re allowed to if it’s like 1 step or something. YOu can’t instantly stop your momentum.

  23. if you get someone that can read lips then maybe we can get the truth. I am a Panthers fan and saw the play it could have went ether way. Cam stated yesterday that same thing but earlier in the game CJ was called for less of a hit on their QB and Cam just asked for a clarification on why his hit wasn’t called.
    Ed will not get punished and I don’t want him to but lets move on with this non issue.

  24. Let’s mike each of the players and when one of them is caught saying something that media deems inappropriate, we kick them out of the league. Unfortunately, I think too many of the commenters here would defend the two criminal kids in Texas.

  25. Most likely scenario is that Hochuli said it as a joke. He made the right call on the play which had nothing to do with what he said. Newton decided to report it instead of understanding it was a joke, and then Hochuli smartly denied it so he wouldn’t be punished for something so stupid.

  26. Either Hochuli is telling the truth or he’s super brave. There are so many microphones and cameras pointed at the field that it’s very likely that somebody got the conversation on record. Getting busted in a lie would end Hochuli’s career and further discredit the NFL, while getting busted in a lie for Cam Newton would be a drop in the bucket of bad character. Since Hochuli clearly has more risk of getting caught in a lie, he’s more likely to be telling the truth. Also, Cam Newton is a punk.

  27. tajuara says:
    Sep 28, 2015 10:52 AM

    Even with all the NFL’s lying/duplicitous ways, Hochuli did have a moment of refreshing honesty…telling Newton he’s not entitled to the special treatment that is afforded to Manning by the rules committee that has tried to pave the way for more Manning trophies. Sorry Cam…wrong color……..jersey?

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    Rule changes have to be approved by the owners of the NFL (32 owners of the teams). The rules committe cannot unilaterally change the rulebook, so saying that 31 owners approved the changes just to get Manning a trophy is bizarre. Besides, no QB has preferential treatment that Tom Brady (perhaps Drew Bress).

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    preferential treatment is for the NBA. The NFL calls it pretty fairly. There has to be statistical evidence if certain players get more calls than others, and I don’t think there is any. It’s just what fans think about the elite QBs that beat up on their teams all the time.

  28. He told me that he said that ‘the difference is you were running.’
    ******************
    The curious thing here is that, suddenly, there is no video of the tackle Cam complained about. They’ve got 100 cameras, but they show the one clip where the hit on Cam is not shown.

    First, who can believe Baldino? Second, Cam’s reaction says it all. Cam has been hit many times near the sidelines. Why would he complain this one particular time, if it was a routine tackle? Cam didn’t make this stuff up from thin air.

    Did Hoculi use age for something else? Remember when Michael Vick complained about refs letting him get hit with impunity? Well, he was a 10 year vet at the time. Just watch the games and you’ll easily see a difference in the way players are penalized, depending on the “victim”.

  29. You can’t have it both ways, NFL. Either Hochuli said it, and that should be addressed openly and immediately. Or Cam Newton flagrantly lied to undermine the integrity of NFL officials and the league itself–thus he should be fined immediately and significantly.

    I watched the video, and personally, I suspect Newton was telling the truth and the NFL doesn’t want to own up to this serious problem.

  30. Well there you go, he trusts his version of events. Hmmmm sounds like we have some Jordan rules going on here. Hocklouie, you know you said it you liar.

  31. Dean Blandino is a huge part of the problem with NFL officiating. I understand human error is part of the game but it has became way worse over the last few years.

    PI is ridiculously subjective and more times than not it helps NFL favorite team while an underdog the flags stay in their pocket off the same infraction. Maybe it just has to do with what Hocholi said to Cam. Look at the replays that go to New York. I am no Lions fan here but Stafford had an empty had the ball in his hand moving forward and was chopped and lost the ball. NFL head office calls it a fumble, would they have done the same for Manning?

    NFL never admits an officiating mistake. There is a problem

  32. Sorry, this really comes down to common sense. A QB who is not a threat with his legs will always continue out of bounds there, there is no need to hit them.

    But for a running QB or other running player, the tackler is in a no win situation. If they let up, the player can often stay in bounds and cut back into the field for more yards. Look at the long Chris Johnson reception from Sunday. He got 25 more yards because no one wanted to hit him out of bounds.

  33. Newton – you are a jerk – Even if Ed did say it. Shut up and take it like a man. Now you will be in the cross hairs of every refereeing crew. Whiners will get what they deserve – not a lot of borderline calls.

    Just look at baseball – good pitchers get the corners and borderline pitches ( and sometime not borderline pitches ie clear balls) and rookies get a narrower plate. Earn your stripes by being a pro. Whatta jerk.

  34. Time for NFL to call Ted Wells, spend 5 million on an impartial investigation , find no evidence of wrong doing , fire the referee go to court get the termination overturned and continue to look like a bunch of fools.

    Nothing to see here move along

  35. Here’s what I know. We are now in a time when even the most remotely inane comment can be blown to a proportion which is ridiculous.

    Let’s pretend for a moment that Hochuli said it. We now have to determine if he was trying to be funny, or if he was serious.
    Since we have no way of knowing that, it makes what he allegedly said impossible to categorize.
    If he was trying to make a joke, he should leave the comedy to comedians.
    If he was serious, then the question he needs to be asked is, “how old is old enough”?

    Let’s pretend that somehow Newton heard him wrong. Unless there’s an audio tape, we can’t prove that either way. But it’s a possibility, none the less.

    Let’s pretend that Newton made it up. Again, we have no way of knowing that unless there’s an audio tape or some technical lab can decipher what’s on the video to prove it.

    So — for me — this is a non-story. It doesn’t mean a hill of beans and unless Cam Newton holds a grudge against Hochuli — rightly or wrongly — it has no significance.

    I don’t care much for either of them. Since there’s no way the NFL can satisfy everyone in this argument, suspend them both for one game. Otherwise, file this with all the other crap we constantly hear about these days in the NFL.

  36. florioiswhowethoughthewas says: Sep 28, 2015 10:42 AM

    So when is Cam gonna be fined for openly criticizing the Refs?
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    The best thing for the NFL to do is let this fade away. If they dare fine him, this could get ugly.

  37. One thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; the NFL will soon be here. And I for one welcome our new insect overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted internet poster, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.

  38. Great idea Cam, bash your $9 billion/year industry that pays you way more than you are worth for playing a game.

    Anyone else who is riding the anti-NFL bandwagon is making a mistake. What are you going to do if it were to go away?

    I guess there is always the NBA…

    Wake up.

  39. I love situations like this that expose NFL officiating for the sham that it has always been. The NFL has the teams and players that they prefer to win. It changes over time, but there are always those types and that sucks.

    in this specific situation Hochuli exposed how refs clearly feel sorry for some QBs and not for others, in this case, older guys like Peyton getting banged around will see more penalties than a younger guy, which is complete crap.

  40. Well one thing is for sure, the league will find a way to screw this up….Goodell will somehow get caught trying to cover this up and be exposed once again as the worst commissioner in sports, and like clock work the owners will come out and defend him including Kraft…..the integrity of the game means nothing to these guys, its all about Greed for the league at this point.. and there is nothing we can do about it and they know it……….

  41. The obvious solution to this is for Cam to file an age discrimination lawsuit against the NFL. I am sure there are plenty of lawyers who would take the case. It could even be a class action including all the rookies cut in favor of veterans in the pre-season.
    It would surely gain the support of the NFLPA.

  42. tajuara says:
    Sep 28, 2015 10:52 AM

    Rule changes have to be approved by the owners of the NFL (32 owners of the teams). The rules committe cannot unilaterally change the rulebook, so saying that 31 owners approved the changes just to get Manning a trophy is bizarre. Besides, no QB has preferential treatment that Tom Brady (perhaps Drew Bress).
    ========================================
    The single biggest change in “emphasis” of rules was after the 2004 season and it changed the way the game was played. It related to the physical defense played by the Patriots against Manning and the Colts receivers. It was really old school football played by so many teams through the years. In any case, after that change, passer ratings and scoring soared in the league. Did Tom Brady benefit from this? Sure, but so did every other quarterback. Many of us are happy some of the dirty play was taken out, but not the physical play by the defense. As a Patriots fan, I don’t blame Manning. I blame Polian though as he was a key voice on the competition committee who wanted rules changed to help his own team. It’s nothing that Don Shula didn’t do before him. But if you want to blame all of the world’s problems on Tom Brady, go for it. You and your favorite team are his “victims”. Ugh.

  43. Even the bad lip reading folks couldn’t put those words onto Hoculi’s lips right before Cam gives him the look.

  44. Is it possible that Cam Newton heard what he said he did because there are hundreds of thousands of fans at a stadium and Ed actually said what he did.

    What we could have here is a failure to communicate.

  45. What a non-issue. Hochuli’s explanation simply makes sense. And, it’s possible Newton heard “because you’re younger” (vs. …you’re running).

    This is a non-issue. The real concern should be the number of flags being thrown in these games. While I acknowledge there are holds/penalties on every play, the game is suffering.

  46. Ed Hochuli’s a lawyer. That’s all we need to know. Blandino’s atrocious at his job. They have a job for life in the corrupt NFL.

  47. Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the league just send out a memo to all teams where it said no public complaints or slandering of other teams/refs was going to be allowed or tollerated??!!
    so when do we hear about the fine imposed?
    will there be loss of draft picks too? OR does that only apply to the Patriots??

  48. kenberthiaume says:
    Sep 28, 2015 10:58 AM
    a lot of QBs and RBs play this game where they dance on the sideline and if you try to hit them they’ll get out of bounds and you’ll get a penalty. IF you hold back, they’ll stay in bounds and get another 10 yards. Real fair.

    There should be more leeway to hit these dancing clowns kind of like hitting a QB after he throws it. You’re allowed to if it’s like 1 step or something. YOu can’t instantly stop your momentum.

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    Way back in 97 I believe, Pats LB Todd Collins pulled up instead of knocking kordell Stewart into next week because it looked like Stewart was going out of bounds. Slash tiptoed past him for a long gain and at the time was a game winning TD.

    If he’s on the field and has the ball he’s fair game.

  49. “We would do an investigation, see if anybody was mic’d in the area and we’ve had situations in the past where an official said something inappropriate to a player and we’ve disciplined them.”

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    I’m pretty sure just about every NFL QB is mic’d up or has a parabolic microphone on them at all times. If Hochuli said this, it wouldn’t be difficult at all to find out.

  50. We tried to tell you guys. We tried to tell you. The NFL is corrupt as all get out. They went after the Patriots, and you all cheered, even when it became apparent they were lying to our faces. ALL of our faces. The NFL just straight up lied to all of us, but none of you tripped because your hate was strong enough for the Patriots that you liked the lies you were being told. But here we are again. Now, maybe this isn’t the huge story Deflategate was, but it’s another case of the NFL saying whatever it is they need to say to protect themselves. We all saw the video, and regardless of what you think of Cam Newton, I find it hard to believe that he would respond how he did on the field with such disbelief, and then open himself up to fines and criticism by going public with it at the post-game press conference if this wasn’t true. And here comes the NFL, sweep it under the rug, nothing to see here, folks. What a joke.

  51. painsyndicate –

    Bashing the NFL would sound more like I hate this league the brass is all corrupt. If true and I can’t see why a player would make this up after a win…seems to me that he’s defending not bashing…

    Cam is being paid what he’s worth…take a look around the league and the teams that don’t have a viable QB. Supply and Demand.

    If the NFL goes away and it has a negative effect on your life I for one feel sorry for you.

  52. I just don’t know why this is hard for people to understand. At this point, it’s not even about whether Newton is telling the truth. It’s that he is not trustworthy and credible to be believed. I personally think he’s telling the truth, but when you are a known liar and cheat who was drafted #1 overall without so much as a hand slap, you won’t be learning many lessons in humility, either. He is the poster boy for entitlement. Great player, but a spoiled brat that never received any comeuppance. If this is the only penance that he receives then his getting off light.

  53. Looking at the video, I have a hard time seeing Hochuli saying what Cam said he said. It does look more like he told him he was running. And Cam doesn’t look “taken aback”, he just looks frustrated – like he thought he deserved a call, was trying to find an argument, and couldn’t find one. Then he goes to the huddle, checks the clock, and gets on with it.

    In short, it looks exactly like an ordinary exchange between a frustrated player looking for a call and an unemotional ref telling him he can’t have one.

    I don’t have an explanation for why Cam would say this if it wasn’t true. But what little we can see of mouths and the resulting body language doesn’t look like anything special.

  54. That is BS! You can see Cam STOP in his tracks and look at Ed when he said it!
    I am not a Panthers follower but I like Cam and think he is one of the better QB’s in the League!
    This just shows you some Refs give passes to certain players, Protect others, and are Biased in some Home game Situations, Hear that Packers? My Sister is a Lip Reader and SHE COULD READ HIM SAYING IT!
    He said it, and He LIED, to keep from getting in trouble.
    Time for a Suspension of 4 games for Ed!

  55. BTW, does anyone else out there have a big problem with all reviews being determined in that cesspool of corruption known as the NFL league office? My god the mistakes yesterday were brutal! Also, does anyone think the bozo’s who run the NFL might be aware of the paying public’s rather easy willingness to call the NFL corrupt?

  56. What’s troubling is your insinuation that a well respected official who has been doing this for over 20 years is lying while a “diva” in a uniform who plays QB always tells the truth. My money is on the ref is telling the truth and Cam is just being Cam… a whiner.

  57. “blah, blah,……..integrity of the game.” – Commissioner Goodell.

    Certainly could have an effect on the game’s outcome. No Wells investigation?

  58. I think the CBA should add that all players, officials, (ball boys & trainers of course), and coaches should ALL have to be subject to “lie-detector test” during an investigation. That way the hundreds of thousands of dollars used to examine and ascertain “who” or “what” was done or accomplished can be identified with substantially less cost to the NFL or NFLPA ! No more high cost attorneys, no more destroyed cell phones, or refusal to cooperate. We get right down to the TRUTH, determine the guilty or innocent verdict then move on !!!

  59. I can’t believe Newton. I have q firm rule: never believe anything said by a man who wears a camouflage suit to a press conference. I can’t take seriously the allegations a man makes while wearing an outfit Michael Irvin might think is too loud.

  60. Never been a fan of Hoculli, but I applaud Ed for not bowing to Cam the Kitty’s flop.

    Flopping doesn’t work for my team, so it damn sure better not work for other teams.

  61. 1trojan33usc says:
    Sep 28, 2015 11:50 AM

    I think the CBA should add that all players, officials, (ball boys & trainers of course), and coaches should ALL have to be subject to “lie-detector test” during an investigation. That way the hundreds of thousands of dollars used to examine and ascertain “who” or “what” was done or accomplished can be identified with substantially less cost to the NFL or NFLPA ! No more high cost attorneys, no more destroyed cell phones, or refusal to cooperate. We get right down to the TRUTH, determine the guilty or innocent verdict then move on !!!
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    You really think Pete Carrol taking a lie detector test is a good idea?

  62. Everyone lies. You started lying from the moment you started talking. Why are you so shocked that an adult lies. Our whole government lies to us. Everybody you know lies to you. Thats the real world, if you believe otherwise your living in a fantasy world.

  63. pancaketaco says:
    Sep 28, 2015 11:11 AM

    Why do we even know the ref’s names? Not sure about you I don’t pay for the NFL package to watch the refs.

    3 weeks 714 penalties

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    Well stated, thank you!

  64. I don’t know why they just don’t mic the officials, would be easier that way. As employee’s of the league, they should not have any union rights to avoid doing this. With that said, it is hard to believe a play so close to end zone and sidelines did not have a mic close enough to catch it. The NFL is becoming, or maybe just being exposed now, as dirty politicians.

    I do believe Cam in this instance and Hochuli will lose what credibility he had left if he is found to be a liar.

  65. Frankly, there are too many mics around.

    If he DIDN’T say it…then Cam should be fined. Didn’t they JUST put out a statement on badmouthing the officials?

    If then try to let it drop, this pretty much admits Hoch said that BS.

  66. Big deal about nothing. He flopped out of bounds and if Ed said it, he was probly being sarcastic. I think if you’ve played in the league for 15 years you should get the benefit of the doubt.

  67. Videotape review (i.e., Cam’s reaction to Hochuli). If it were Tom Brady, then CERTAINLY, his word is golden lol SMH

  68. Newton should have kept quiet….of course you earn respect over years of playing…..whether it’s the NBA, NFL or MLB etc. Carolina will never reach the level of success they want until he matures. To call out a senior ref even if something was said, was plain stupid. If I am a a brother ref he would have trouble getting calls on any close calls…..in reality it was just plain dumb to call out the ref regardless of what was said.

  69. What’s with all of the, “Would” investigate garbage?

    Just do a quick review of any and all available audio. (We don’t have time/too expensive, is BS.) And honestly report the findings.

    I cannot believe how this league bungles every situation and creates mountains out of molehills.

  70. I don’t think Hoculi was saying Cam would get the call if he were older. I think he was saying Cam’s too young to remember when QBs didn’t have the ridiculous protections we have today and all those old, great QBs of yesteryear sacrificed their bodies to make football the top sport in America.

  71. Call me crazy, but does any one think there’s the slightest possibility Cam misheard him?? Loud stadium with helmets on…any one? No? Ok…continue burning at the stake.

  72. Come on. He obviously meant it as a joke, as in, “You didn’t get hit hard enough to whine about the non call Cam”.

  73. The referees are throwing away their trustworthiness and integrity by taking up for each other.

    Does anyone believe that Cam is making this stuff up?

  74. It isn’t a very wise move for the refs to be taking up for one another like bad cops. It blows away more of what little integrity they have.

    Does anyone believe Cam Newton just made that up for kicks?

    I believe he heard right and really, it shouldn’t be a age thing it should be a QB thing which makes him eligible.

  75. Wonder if those who think Ed is lying believed Walt Anderson?

    Look, it’s clear to me that many who comment here have never played any sport at any level. Maybe it’s not “fair” kiddies but there always have been and always will be “reputation calls”, for good or for bad. It starts at the peewee levels and continues on to the top. It’s not just Brady or Manning, there are guys on your team who get away with holding or PI each and every game. You have a receiver who gets a flag for a 1st down when he was untouched and dropped a pass. We’ve seen replay calls go completely wrong. It’s a fact of life and if you can’t handle it then may I suggest that you check out My TV for Columbo reruns or perhaps Lifetime. All this “cheating” talk lately is well past lame.

  76. Its clear from the video that Hochuli was looking at the towel tied around Cam’s waist that he was using to warm his hands before the play and he said “Its not cold enough to have a personal towel warmer”

  77. Cam was a runner in this instance and how many times have you seen a rb get that call??? If he would have still been in the pocket then yes it probably would have been flagged regardless of who the QB was.

    My guess would be Cam flopped (which he is known for doing) and was begging for a call. Hochuli told him to grow up.

    In Cam’s mind “grow up” = “not old enough”.

  78. Today the NFL accepts a ref’s word.
    But during deflategate, the NFL dismissed a ref’s recollection of which air pressure gauge was used to measure PSI
    In other words, the NFL picks and chooses based on the narrative they are trying to create at the time.
    When will owners fire Goodell and instill credibility back into this once great game. I have more confidence in a Don King promotion than the NFL

  79. 1 – Hochuli undoubtedly said it. Everyone knows that’s how it works. He may have said it tongue-in-cheek, but there is no way in hell Newton just makes that up out of the blue. It was said.

    2 – Newton is a moron for calling out an official like that in a press conference. You don’t call out the guys that protect your health on the field. Still a lot of growing up to do for this guy.

  80. Last year I saw an obvious personal foul penalty due to a late hit on Tannehill, but nothing was called. Everyone around me saw it and the comment was made that if that was Brady or Manning it would be immediately enforced because the NFL protects its marquee QBs. Cam Newton is probably speaking the truth. Only QBs with a certain status get the special penalties. It is what it is and nothing will be done but it would be good to get Hocculi on a lie detector.

  81. “Because whether Newton was trying to buy a cheap 15 yards or not, the simple allegation that Hochuli invoked a different standard for a different player is troubling, for a number of reasons.”

    Too bad there are different standards. QBs like Brady get calls whenever anyone goes within an inch of their head of lower body. Meanwhile other QBs get abused all the time and there is no flag. The double standard is there and its undeniable.

  82. We’ve also seen a few quarterbacks heading out of bounds with a defender closing fast and then the defender pulls up instead of drilling them as the QB tiptoes down the sideline for a few more yards.

  83. Not as bad as the blown call on Ben – but bad…

    Brady can do no wrong – everyone else is on there own.

  84. Hochuli has been refing in the NFL a long time to take a chance on getting fined or suspended saying something like that to a player.

    Cam on the other hand has a spotty record of not being truthful and also being a pompus, arrogant a$$ at times.

    What I really think he needs a personal foul for is that damn outfit he had on. Talk about an eyesore! What is it with this dude and those tight pants he wears that look like women’s jeggins. I’ve seen plenty of men wear skinny jeans but those don’t even classify as that.

  85. With all the mic’s out there and no audio and why take one man’s word and not the other?

    But people are going to judge the situation on what Cam wears–brilliant minds out there! Not!

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