Just one week after the NFL lost one of its players to murder, leave it up to a member of the Dallas Cowboys (or, "America's Team," depending on football IQ prerequisite) to threaten a cheap shot on one of his fellow league players.
Perhaps his stupid-filter was broken.
During an interview with Sirius Radio's Solomon Wilcox and Adam Schein, the fifth-year cornerback was adamant about enacting "revenge" on this Sunday's opposing signal caller. The Lions (6-6) will host Dallas (11-1) in an afternoon contest.
"Basically, what it boils down to is you've got to watch what you say," admitted Newman to an oddly intrigued Schein and Wilcox. "Your mouth can't write checks that your ass can't cash. That's what it comes down to. Everybody's going to see those quotes.
"He better just hope I don't blitz off the edge because I've got 15, 25, 30 (thousand dollars) however much it would be for a fine. I've got that much for one fine. Revenge will be sweet, definitely."
The remark wasn't even condemned by the two Sirius hosts, yet essentially lays the plan for a premeditated, illegal helmet-to-helmet hit -- if we're using Newman's bounty figure guidelines and the league's penchant for fining the abuser, which has been at least $15,000.
Thankfully, behind new commissioner Roger Goodell, the league frowns greatly upon flagrant hits, and will now eject players who violate that precedent. But Newman, who has already been fined twice this season, including a helmet-to-helmet blow to Buffalo's Marshawn Lynch, shouldn't even be granted the opportunity to play on Sunday. If he does, and he follows through on his promise, the NFL only has itself to blame for any repercussions.
Newman's ridiculous and imbecilic comments were made in response to Kitna's remarks following last year's meeting between the two squads. Kitna tossed for 306 yards and four touchdowns in a 39-31 victory, and stated afterwards that Dallas linebacker Bradie James at times appeared lost on the field. He also didn't speak glowingly of the Dallas secondary, in particular Newman.
Kitna has since stated that he didn't mean anything personal by the comments. And while it isn't common, or popular, for a player to directly indict another following a game, it is a completely different and unforgivable act to deliver a cold, calculated assault on another player.
It's also dangerous, stupid, and borders on sadistic.
Kitna has dealt with concussion problems throughout the season, including a well-publicized incident during Detroit's week two victory over Minnesota. Any illegal hit could be disastrous to a career, and while that should be considered horrific enough, one to a player in Kitna's vulnerable state could cause much worse damage. Perhaps life-altering, permanent damage.
So keep chuckling, Sirius.
Although it might be unreasonable to assume Newman is aware of anything other than the alphabet, how to form those letters into words, and then vocalize those words into the receiver of a telephone, he is probably familiar with Kitna's health chart -- and the risks of an illegal hit.
And that makes Newman, unarguably, a thug.
Given the death of the Redskins' Sean Taylor in a violent attack at his home, it seems untimely that any player would encourage such an act -- and for what? Because another player said something he didn't like? What is Newman's reaction when someone takes the last Ho-Ho? Shouldn't he be more upset, or motivated, with Mike Furrey's touchdown celebration in Dallas last year, during which the Lions' receiver spiked the ball so hard that it shattered the famed 'Star' the rested on Texas Stadium's south end zone wall?
After all, while Newman's focus will apparently be on the Detroit offensive backfield, his primary concern should be Furrey, who toasted Newman for 11 catches and 102 yards.
Some fans and media have written off Newman's rant as simply a part of the bulletin board material within the Cowboys locker room. Sure, if Wade Phillips previously coached The Crips.
But he didn't.
Now Jerry Jones? I can buy that.
The fact that Newman boasted of his plan only further demonstrates his thug-like nature, and the continued, degenerate mentality of Dallas Cowboys players, past and present. Between Newman, former receiver Michael Irvin, heavily troubled wide out Terrell Owens (not to mention the recent signing of troubled Chicago cast-off Tank Johnson) among countless others, it is apparent that the franchise prioritizes moral value just between the brand of sugar Jones takes in his coffee, and whether or not they should have kept Bobby Ewing dead.
The unfortunate affect of Newman's comments is that Sunday's game between two teams with post-season hopes will undoubtedly turn ugly at some point. This will be created by Newman, and no one else. Not by Kitna. Not even by last year's game. It will be because Newman felt the need to demonstrate a message to both youth football players and pros alike: it isn't just a game.
If the Cowboys had a shred of dignity, they would suspend Newman for his threatening comments. But if we're judging on the Dallas curve, don't hold your breath.