Cam Newton hasn't had the best of times so far in the 2016 NFL season, as his Carolina Panthers side currently reside at the foot of the NFC South standings with a disappointing 2-5 record.
Newton made the news after the Panthers most recent game, where he went off on one, saying that he doesn't feel "safe" playing the game anymore after several questionable hits that weren't flagged by referees against the Arizona Cardinals.
Newton actually went to speak to Roger Goodell about the issue earlier this week, but as you can imagine, some of his fellow players have criticised the move. One of those may well be Russell Wilson, who threw some shade at the reigning MVP in a recent interview.
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Go Play Tennis
Speaking with NFL.com in the latest 'Oklahoma Drill,' Wilson looked like he took a shot at Newton, saying that if he didn't want to get hit, he would be playing tennis instead.
"I think, first of all, you gotta play the quarterback position in a smart way," Wilson started off as saying. "Obviously, if we didn't want to get hit, we'd be playing a different sport."
"That's just the truth. If I didn't want to get hit, I'd be playing tennis."
Wilson then went on to add that he has to protect himself and be smarter when he's out there on the gridiron because of his status as a running quarterback.
"But I think that in terms of being smart on the field, you gotta get down and protect yourself. I haven't seen all the hits, so I don't know if some of them are illegal. I don't really know, because I haven't really seen [Cam Newton] play this year as much."
Wilson is right. Quarterbacks in the NFL get hit. If they are also able to do damage on the ground, then they will get hit even more.