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Cam Newton Calls Out NFL Officials For Unfair Treatment

"It’s really taking the fun out of the game for me,” Newton said in a postgame press conference. "At times I don’t even feel safe. And enough is enough."

Cam Newton has held his tongue about debatably late or dirty hits he's received over the course of his career. On Sunday (Oct. 30), the North Carolina Panthers' quarterback finally voiced his frustrations with the NFL officials after a 30-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. It's hits like the one shown below that have the 27-year-old MVP not "feeling safe" on the field.

This low-blow could've taken out Newton's ACL or done severe damage to his knee. The hit delivered by Calais Campbell was not flagged as a personal foul for going low on the passer, when it's the definition of why the rule was implemented in the first place. Carson Palmer knows a thing or two about knee injuries from low hits.

"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," Newton said. "Enough is enough. I plan on talking to Commissioner Goodell about this. But it's not fun. 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 story of my life ever since I came in is just, 'Oh well, we messed that one up. Sorry.' That's bull crap. As players in this league, if we do something stupid, we get fined. If we 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 horse crap. That's horse crap.

Coming from a person who has been fined before, coming from a person that everybody is expecting a lot from, and I'm still growing, yet when you constantly see the hits, when you constantly see flags being picked up, when you're constantly seeing flags not being thrown, and to see other quarterbacks getting lesser physical hits ... it's taking the fun out for me. I'm just being honest with you."

Per a ProFootballTalk report, the NFL actually keeps track of "missed" roughing the passer penalties. Newton has only been the victim of three missed calls in the league's eyes, which is less than 11 other quarterbacks since 2013.

As a running quarterback, Newton is obviously more prone to hits than other QBs because of his size, but that does not mean he shouldn't be protected.

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Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid Reach Confidential Settlement With NFL In Collusion Case

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have reached a confidential settlement with the league Friday (Feb. 15). The agreement brings an end to their collusion lawsuit against the NFL more than a year after the legal bout began.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Kaepernick and Reid would only agreed to settle for a “lucrative financial agreement.” No other details about the terms of the settlement were released.

Kaepernick and Reid filed sued the NFL for collusion in October 2017. The league denied the allegations, but failed in their attempt to have the suit dismissed.

Attorneys Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas said in a statement that Kaepernick and Reid have engaged in an “ongoing dialogue” with the NFL for the past “several months.”

“As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances,” the statement explains. “The resolution of this matter is subject to confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

The NFL Players Association released a statement of support. “We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel,” the statement reads.

“We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them. We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.”

Jerry Jones, Bob McNair, Robert Craft and several other NFL owners and players were deposed in the case. Reid was recently signed to the Carolina Panthers. Kaepernick remains unsigned.

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Wisconsin Republicans Scrap Colin Kaepernick's Name From Black History Month Celebration

Republican officials in Wisconsin have reportedly scrapped  Colin Kaepernick's name from the state's annual Black History Month celebration, CBS reports.

The Wisconsin Legislature's Black Caucus, which is composed of Democrats, reportedly drafted their annual resolution to honor dozens of African-Americans from Wisconsin who have made tremendous contributions to the state and history. An early draft included the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback. The resolution credited Kaepernick, who is a Milwaukee native, an an athlete and political activist who "has sought to raise attention to racial injustice and systemic oppression." The Republicans reportedly refused to sign off on the resolution until the Black Caucus agreed to remove Kaepernick's name.

The GOP suggested they would not endorse the inclusion of Kaepernick's name on the resolution due to his controversial protest during the national anthem. Democratic Rep. David Crowley, the resolution's author, called the move a "slap in the face" and a "textbook example of white privilege."

This isn't the first time Wisconsin's lawmakers have attempted to pass on controversial names in the Black History Month resolution. Just last year, the GOP attempted to discard of prominent black leaders like Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who has been vocal about his support of the Black Lives Matter movement, according to the  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

The final version does not include the former NFL star's name, but has not been approved yet.

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Dwyane Wade Documentary Will Chronicle Life And Career

Dwyane Wade is getting a taste of the made-for-movie treatment because Imagine Documentaries has opted to create a documentary chronicling the All Star's final season in the NBA.

Wade announced his departure from the league in September 2018 to focus on family business, however, the 37-year-old promised fans a farewell season to remember and he is certainly delivering. The film is guaranteed to be the memento supporters were looking for following the news of his impending retreat.

Wade's production company, 59th & Prairie Entertainment, also has a stake in the movie. The film is being directed by Bob Metelus, who is also producing the reel alongside Imagine Documentaries president, Justin Wilkes.

Metelus is known for being Wade's long-time cinematographer who has been filming the three-time champion for several years now, according to Deadline. Given the relationship between Metelus and Wade, fans will be given exclusive footage of the shooting guard's life both on and off the court.

“I’m looking forward to sharing this very personal documentary that peels back the layers of my emotional sixteen season journey with all of its twists and turns, and peaks and valleys," Wade said. "It has been a roller coaster ride and the never-before-seen footage will show my fans how I’ve made my own way throughout this incredible adventure."

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