Ron Rivera: Cam Newton ‘made a mistake’ by laughing at reporter

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Thursday said quarterback Cam Newton “made a mistake” when the 2015 NFL MVP made light of a female reporter for asking a serious football question.

Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton during Wednesday’s news conference about wide receiver Devin Funchess embracing the physicality of routes and if Newton got enjoyment out of that.

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

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