Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com is reporting that the NFL has fined Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton $21,000 for his bump of official Jerome Boger during last week's win against the Oakland Raiders.
Someone up the NFL food chain loves Newton.
Bill Belichick was fined $50,000 for grabbing a ref and Vikings safety Harrison Smith was thrown out of game for contact with one, but was not fined.
Newton's punishment was by far the lightest.
Cam Newton was fined $21,000 for making contact with an on-field official last week.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 28, 2012