ESPN's Michael Wilbon Blasts NFL Refs Over Cam Newton Hit, Demands They Be Suspended

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Michael Wilbon

"THAT non-call makes me wonder if there is an agenda against Newton...it was right in the open and unmistakable."

Michael Wilbon is not happy with the NFL refs who worked Monday Night Football this week, when the Carolina Panthers took on the Washington Redskins. 

In the game, Panthers' star quarterback Cam Newton took a hit to the head while he was attempting to slide. A flag was thrown, but as Newton was getting up, he threw the football in the direction of the player who hit him, so rather than call a personal foul for roughing Newton, the refs penalized the quarterback for taunting. 

Wilbon, co-host of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, was irate. 

"The officiating crew should be suspended rest of season for flagging the reaction and not the hit to Cam's head. Disgraceful...," he tweeted to his nearly 3 million followers. "I'm always ripping Newton for whining but everything he says about the NFL refs not protecting him like the Golden Boy QBs is true.... THAT non-call makes me wonder if there is an agenda against Newton...it was right in the open and unmistakable."

Newton has suffered numerous blows to his head during the season and has complained that refs do not penalize the players who hit him.

Wilbon was flabbergasted with the Monday night crew.

"The overall incompetence of this officiating crew tonight is atunning...," he wrote, presumably meaning "stunning"

ESPN declined to comment on Wilbon's remarks.

See Wilbon's full Twitter rant below:

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