Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Cam Newton "made a mistake" when his quarterback said Wednesday "it's funny to hear a female talk about routes" after he was asked by Jourdan Rodrigue, a female reporter for the Charlotte Observer, about Devin Funchess.

"I understand he had a conversation where he pretty much said shouldn't have said what he said," Rivera said during his Thursday news conference, "and so as far as I'm concerned what I'd like to do is talk about is getting ready for the Detroit Lions who we play on Sunday."

At the end of Rivera's media session, he was asked if he has spoken with Newton about his comment or if plans to.

"I've pretty much have made my comments, guys," Rivera said. "I just want to leave it at that."

Newton has received heavy criticism following his remarks, which have affected his relationship with Dannon. Newton has been a sponsor for Oikos Greek Yogurt.