Panthers Newton Fined For Abusive Conduct

The NFL{}will reportedly fined Carolina quarterback Cam Newton $21,000 for abusive conduct toward a referee.

The incident occurred in the Panthers victory over the Oakland. Newton bumped referee Jerome Boger while attempting to express disgust over the Raiders rough play. The teams combined for 16 penalties{}for 167 yards.

"The words that I said during the game were very disrespectful," Newton said after the game.{}"I apologized to (Boger) during the game, but I'm going public and apologizing again. It was something in the heat of the moment."

Boger said he didn't feel the bump was enough to warrant an ejection.