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Sherman, Norman, and Newton separately call out officiating

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Week 8

Richard Sherman, Josh Norman, and Cam Newton were visibly upset today at the officiating in their games.

The Seahawks-Saints game totaled 13 penalties, 11 against Seattle. In a postgame interview, Sherman had a couple of comments on the officiating, posted by Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta. Sherman added that “I think they needed a first down on a crucial drive and the refs made sure they got it.” Sherman was upset that the refs were letting the Saints “not play within the rules” and added that “even at home we rarely get calls.” 

Earlier in the day in London, Redskins defensive back Josh Norman also expressed his frustration at third year official Brad Freeman. Norman was flagged five times in a 27-27 tie with the Bengals, including a pass interference penalty on a 40-yard A.J. Green touchdown, rendering the flag a moot point. Norman took to the podium to vent his frustration by asking: “Who is official 88? I’ve gotta know. He sucked. I’m just putting it out there. We play a physical game, they know that. We come here, international game, it all goes out the window. … He needs to be reprimanded.” Norman was seen several times arguing with Freeman but would not say what was said between the two.

Per Pro Football Talk, the NFL is not expected to fine Josh Norman for his comments. [Update 11/5: Norman was fined $25,000, most likely since he specifically singled out an official’s performance, rather than a broad complaint about officiating.]

 

Lastly, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton blasted officials following the Panthers 30-20 win over Arizona, saying he is fed up with all non-calls on late or illegal hits he’s endured throughout his career.  At the podium, Newton stated that “It’s really taking the fun out of the game for me. At times I don’t even feel safe. And enough is enough. I plan on talking to Commissioner Goodell about this. And I don’t know what I have to do.” The hit that set him off was a hit below the knees late in the third quarter. According to Panthers beat writer Joseph Person, Newton was visibly venting his frustrations on the sidelines about that hit after the drive. Newton added:

The story of my life ever since I came in is, “Oh, oh, well, we missed that one. I’m sorry. I’ll try to get it.” That’s bullcrap. As a player in this league, if we do something stupid we get fined. If you do something derogatory to somebody else, we get fined. I just can’t keep accepting, “Oh, we missed that one.” Or “I apologize for doing that.” Or “I didn’t see it.” That’s horsecrap.

The NFL has made it clear that players and coaches shall refrain from public criticism of officials that questions their integrity and players and coaches can be fined for disparaging remarks. It is not yet known if Sherman or Newton will be fined for their comments.

5 comments for “Sherman, Norman, and Newton separately call out officiating

  1. will johnson
    October 31, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    notice how they are all black. love how the BLM terrorist poster children cry about everything white.

  2. really?
    October 31, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Funny thing, I was just going to say that commenters like you seem to be uneducated white mouthbreathers. Glad that your AOL dialup works in the trailer park so that we could read your wisdom. Maybe there is an island where you can enjoy the company in your little fiefdom with your guns and President Trump.

  3. From the sidelines
    November 1, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Congrats Will. One of the dumbest comments ever.

    You may have noticed that over half the players are black… therefore, most of the complaints are likely to come from black players. And, so are most of the touchdowns, sacks, fumbles, penalties, receptions, interceptions, tackles etc.

    However, you have stiff competition from “really” for dumbest comment ever. What do you accomplish by being equally as closeminded as Will? All uneducated people are white mouthbreathers who live in a trailer park? Oh, and they all like guns and Trump.

    I am not sure which of you two fools is more pathetic.

  4. Tony Pegler
    November 2, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    will johnson – I really hope you are not a official, you probably would be as bad at that as you are a human being.
    Ha Ha I bet you think you are a good christian as well – nah just an arsehole.

  5. Bob Williams
    November 4, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Since 68.7% of NFL players are black (using 2015 numbers, since I that’s what I found in ten seconds with Google, and the numbers probably haven’t changed that much), if you selected 3 players at random, 1/3 of the time, all three would be black.