CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he’s spoken to Cam Newton about ripping down a Green Bay Packers banner before Sunday’s game, although he wouldn’t elaborate on what he told the fifth-year quarterback.
Rivera says, “It’s being taken care of.”
Rivera says the Panthers are reaching out to the family which had the sign that read “North Carolina Cheeseheads” with a Packers logo on it, taken away. However, team spokesman Steven Drummond says he’s not sure what the team’s plans are for the family.
Newton took exception to the pro-Packers banner.
“He ran towards us, and we were like ‘yeah Cam!’ And he ripped the banner out of our hands,” the Wisconsin native who brought the banner to the game said.
Newton said after Sunday’s 37-29 win it was a matter of respect and “it’s something that I feel it was my due diligence to protect” the stadium.
The NFL says Newton won’t be subject to discipline.
The Carolina Panthers are reviewing their policy on banners and flags supporting opposing teams at Bank of America Stadium, according to Executive Director of Stadium Operations Scott Paul.