"The response I got was: 'Cam you're not old enough to get that call.' . . . I didn't think you had to have seniority to get a personal foul or anything like that," Newton said in his post-game press conference.
NFL spokesman Michael Signora defended the call.
"The officials make decisions based upon the play on the field, and no other factors. On the play in question, there is no roughing the passer because the quarterback is out of the pocket and a runner, and no unnecessary roughness because the contact is not late," Signora said in a statement.
NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino echoed that stance Monday on NFL HQ.
"Cam was outside the pocket and he threw the ball on the run," he told NFL Network, adding that Hochuli told him he didn't say anything of the sort to Cam. "There's different protections for a quarterback that is running outside the pocket versus inside the pocket. Outside the pocket, you don't get the two step protection. When you look at the play, Cam threw on the run. There was some contact; it wasn't late and it wasn't a foul."
Whether it was a bad call or not, Newton said the explanation bothered him more than anything.
"Heaven forbid (Hochuli) get any rookies," Newton said. "They are going to have a long day, man."