Ron Rivera: Cam Newton ‘made a mistake’ by shouting during reporter

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers manager Ron Rivera on Thursday pronounced quarterback Cam Newton “made a mistake” when a 2015 NFL MVP done light of a womanlike contributor for seeking a critical football question.

Charlotte Observer kick contributor Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton during Wednesday’s news discussion about far-reaching receiver Devin Funchess embracing a physicality of routes and if Newton got delight out of that.

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  • Panthers’ Newton laughs during womanlike reporter

    Cam Newton laughed during a womanlike contributor who on Wednesday asked about one of his teammates, observant it was “funny to hear a female” ask a question.

  • Newton laughed and responded, “It’s humorous to hear a womanlike speak about routes like … it’s funny.”

    “I consider Cam done a mistake,” Rivera said. “I know he had a review where he flattering most pronounced he shouldn’t have pronounced what he said. As distant as I’m concerned, what I’d like to do is speak about a Detroit Lions, who we play on Sunday.”

    The group released a matter Wednesday observant Newton and Rodrigue talked and Newton showed “regret” for creation a comment. Rodrigue pronounced in her possess matter that a conditions got worse when she confronted Newton and there was no apology.

    No serve matter has come from a group other than Rivera’s comments during his daily news conference.

    Meanwhile, a orator from Dannon Oikos yogurt, one of several companies Newton represents in commercials, announced it was “shocked and disheartened” over Newton’s remarks and no longer would work with a quarterback.

    Also on Thursday, Rodrigue tweeted an reparation for what she termed “offensive tweets” posted on her criticism 4 to 5 years ago. She did not contend privately that tweets she was referring to.

    Charlotte Observer executive sports editor Mike Persinger pronounced that Rodrigue’s reparation on Twitter would be a usually comments.

    Carolina players chose to stay focused on Sunday’s diversion opposite a Lions. Many had not listened about Newton’s comments until Thursday.

    “That’s something for Cam to understanding with and we guys to understanding with,” pronounced outward linebacker and group captain Thomas Davis. “We weren’t there. We unequivocally don’t know what is happening. So we’re unequivocally focused in on Detroit. We can’t concede anything for us to be a distraction.”

    Asked what it meant for a face of a classification to make such a comment, Davis said: “That says that’s something Cam is going to have to understanding with we guys. He’s going to have to understanding with that relocating forward. we feel like it’s a conditions he’s going to hoop and he’s going to hoop it well. But for us as a football group we’ll sojourn focused on Detroit.”

    Rivera pronounced he talked to his players Thursday about staying focused while traffic with off-the-field issues such as Newton’s comment, a sharpened in Las Vegas and a extinction from a whirly in Puerto Rico.

    “I pronounced to a guys, there’s some issues out there we have to understanding with,” Rivera said. “But be where your feet are. When you’re on a football field, be on a football field. When you’re in a assembly room, be in a assembly room. Try to say your concentration and stay focused.

    “These are perplexing times. we trust that and we know that. There are some really critical issues out there, and this nation has dealt with a lot of them lately, from a whirly disasters to a really terrible occurrence in Las Vegas to this. These are all issues that are important.”

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