It is fair to say Cam Newton has not enjoyed the happiest of NFL seasons to date with injuries, poor form and a lack of protection having combined to limit the Carolina Panthers quarterback significantly in 2014.
And things got even worse for the Heisman Trophy winning QB today as he finished practice only to discover that his official Twitter account had been hacked.
The results were hilarious for those quick enough to catch the tweets posted by the anonymous culprit before both Twitter and the Carolina Panthers got on the case - you can check out the messages (some of them directed at fellow NFL stars) below.
Newton's 227 thousand followers were treated to several messages throughout the day...
First the Panthers quarterback appeared to call out outspoken Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman...
- Cam Newton goes down hard as Philadelphia Eagles defense shines
- The best ever NFL touchdown celebration has just happened
- Washington Redskins star lashes out at RG3 in rant
And after taking down Sherman a peg or two, the Twitter hacker next focussed his attention on Newton unfortunate position in Carolina, a franchise that appears to be stuttering along in mediocrity.
Real life troubles
While the Panthers franchise and Newton moved quickly to make it clear that the tweets had not been sent out by the player himself, they were amusing simply because they appear so close to the truth.
The Carolina Panthers have not won a game since overcoming the Chicago Bears on Sunday October 5th - a run that has included one tie and five defeats - and during that time Cam Newton's displays under center have become increasingly erratic.
Things came to ahead on primetime against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10 when his offensive line seemingly took a night off and allowed the QB to be sacked a demoralizing nine times.
Newton for his part looked a shadow of his former self, appearing injured throughout the game as he struggled to evade tackles and make plays.