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Now, Cam Newton knows that diplomacy doesnt work.He tried to let the referees and the league off the hook Brandon Thomas Jersey once, just a few weeks ago (against advice offered here, among many places). After Sunday, he knows better. Its open season around the NFL on him, his health, his livelihood and his career.MORE: Panthers-Cardinals highlights | Week 8 scoreboardAnd the NFL still doesnt care. Neither does his team at least the people who can stop it, and who still arent trying.The NFL has made that clear already. They decidedthe best reaction to Newtons angry demand that officials start calling penalties they keep mi singwas to get defensive.They chose to make Newton one of their most valuable a sets, the league MVP, a Super Bowl player, a marketable star in the midst of a year of declining ratings the enemy, their adversary, somebody they had to discredit, someone they had to imply was lying or exaggerating or imagining things or whining or regular-old garden-variety full of himself."Lets show him up; lets leak some selective stats about how our officials get calls on him wrong le s often than against a whole bunch of others. Highlighting their continued incompetence will throw everybody off the scent. Make sure its something that no one can prove, thats completely judgmental, that lacks all sense of context, and that moves the goalpost just enough to muddy the waters.Thats where the league reportedly is steering this. This is also the path they took in their joint investigation with the NFLPA into the handling of the blows to the head in the season opener: blame the technical glitch, no harm, no foul.STEELE: Newton concu sion probe was a major letdownWhenever the Panthers bra s coach Ron Rivera, general manager Dave Gettleman and owner Jerry Richardson want to stand up for their franchise centerpiece any time soon, theyre free to join this debate.Newton owes a big thank-you to Tony Dungy, the Hall of Fame coach and NBC studio analyst, for coming strong with that before and Quandre Diggs Jersey after Sunday nights broadcast. He pointed out that if it were him and it was him for a long time with none other than Peyton Manning he would never let his quarterback make the public complaint, risk the fine and risk opposing players having license to take aim at him."Cam should not be saying this; he is not the one," Dungy said, adding, "His head coach, his owner, everybody Laken Tomlinson Jersey in the organization, should be saying this. He should not have to say this."Dungy, of course, isn't the only one who thinks this.FANTASY: Week 9 waiver wire pickupsOnce again, it comes down to this: Whats important to the NFL, and whats important to its teams? Does it want to protect its players health, keep its star quarterbacks on the field and improve the sinking credibility of the game and of its officials?Or does it want to pretend its doing that, to make itself look and sound like its doing the right thing?Remember, theyve proven how bad they are at putting on appearances. Their lousy handling of the Josh Brown domestic violence case just happened.And theyre still drilling down hard on policing on-field celebrations, appeasing those who think thats what the real problem in the sport is, players enjoying themselves, rather than them, say, being carted off at an alarming rate.The season is barely half over, and Cam Newton already has been in the eye of two storms swirling around whether the league and his team give a damn whether he plays another down or not. (And lest we forget, his clash with referee Ed Hochuli about allegedly saying Newton was "not old enough" to get a late-hit callwas just over a year ago.)MORE: Newton working on the wrong flaws?They not only seem unconcerned about it, but they also seem content to let the public believe Cam himself is the problem that he should just suck it up and play through Detroit Lions Jersey it.But Newton now knowstaking that route gets him nowhere. Now hes speaking up,loudly.Heres hoping he doesn't shut up until hes heard by the people who can change it.
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