People Are Actually Upset That Cam Newton Wasn't Pulled From The Game To Get Tested For A Concussion?
First thing first, I am all for player safety. As far as I am concerned, the higher the percentage of players not suffering through long, fatal bouts with dementia in their 40's the better. However, due to the barbaric nature of the sport those problems are always going to exist and the NFL is always going to be pressured into fixing them. To be honest, with how much they are making off the freakish athletes that put their short term and long term health on the line for a paycheck that's relatively paltry in comparison, they should fell compelled to do everything in their power to make sure their players aren't risking their livelihood whenever possible.
That said, I am most certainly not going criticize the league for not taking out a guy that (like him or not) has proven himself extremely durable over his career during the final, potential game winning drive of their season opening prime time game. Like, how much do you have to hate fun (in this case "fun" can be synonymous with "Cam Newton") to want the most electrifying player on the field to get pulled from the game during the last 2 minutes and tested for a concussion he showed no real signs of having? A brick shithouse of a quarterback got hit excessively hard, stayed down for a couple seconds, gathered himself, and picked himself back up looking completely aware of where he was and what he was doing. It's not like Cam Newton was stumbling sideways to the wrong sideline or something. That doesn't mean his brains didn't get bounced around a little bit, but it does mean it's something that can probably wait 42 seconds to be examined.
I don't know whether the backlash after Cam Newton returned to the huddle after being on the receiving end of a kamikaze-like helmet-to-helmet hit stems from wanting to see Cam Newton lose or from needing another reason to criticize the NFL, but either way it's fucking stupid. Honestly, if you're upset that last year's MVP was on the field to make the conclusion to the first game of the season as dramatic as possible then you're either a concerned Broncos fan or a pessimistic, cantankerous asshole.