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Cam Newton fined $21K by NFL for bumping official

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for abusive conduct toward a game official, NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Thursday, citing a source briefed on the fine.

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Newton bumped into referee Jerome Boger during the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders while arguing over a late hit that he believed should have been called. Boger flagged Newton for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Newton apologized to Boger on the field and publicly afterward. Boger said, via The Associated Press, that he didn't eject Newton for the bump because it "wasn't of a malicious nature."

This hasn't been a good year for Newton's public image, but at least he's fighting for his team.

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