Cam Newton really did meet with Roger Goodell about hits to QB

On Sunday afternoon, a fired-up Cam Newton declared he was sick and tired of being consistently hit by defenders without flags being thrown and he would be talking with Roger Goodell about the issue.

The Panthers quarterback wasn't kidding, and according to multiple reports -- first from Ed Werder of ESPN -- he had a sit-down with the commish on Tuesday.

Newton was particularly riled up after the Panthers' win over the Cardinals because of a low (but not intentionally dirty) hit from Calais Campbell. He said he's not having fun because he doesn't "feel safe" on the field.

"It's not fun. It's really taking the fun out of the game for me. Honestly, it really is. At times, I don't even feel safe. Enough is enough. I plan on talking to commissioner Goodell about this. It's not fun," Newton said. "And I don't know what I have to do. I showed a lot of frustration today and I apologized to the referee who I was talking to, but I don't think there's a person who can go through what I go through and still keep their head. Hits to the head, that's one thing, but when you're not protected in the pocket, that's another thing."

The NFL already admitted it whiffed on the hit in question, and there isn't even a debate about whether it should have been flagged.

But not everyone is giving Newton the benefit of the doubt here. Mike Pereira, the former NFL vice president of officiating, said he thinks Newton is developing a "whiny" reputation and isn't getting hosed in overall treatment.

The reality is the treatment of Newton has been an issue for the entire season and it's well past time the NFL informed the officials not to give him the "Shaq" treatment, allowing him to absorb unnecessary shots just because he's bigger and stronger than everyone else.

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