During his post-game press conference, Newton said that, following a late hit from a New Orleans lineman Tyeler Davison, Hochuli told Newton,"Cam, you're not old enough to get that call."
"I was really baffled by what was said to me," Newton said.
The Carolina quarterback had rolled out of the pocket and flung the ball downfield when Davison flew in and hit him. Newton acknowledged that the play was right on the cusp of being a late him, and when Newton got back on his feet and asked Hochuli why there hadn't been a flag, Hochuli allegedly offered a decidedly ageist response that had Newton fuming.
"Jesus, I didn't realize you have to have seniority to get a personal foul call," Newton said. "I'm ticked off, really."
"So heaven forbid [Hochuli] gets any rookies, or they're gonna have a long day, man."
An NFL source told Pro Football Talk that Hochuli denied making the comment to Newton. The NFL went on to clarify that there was no unnecessary roughness on the play in question:
"The officials make decisions based upon the play on the field, and no other factors,” league spokesman Michael Signora said. “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."