CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton?laughed and made light of a female reporter who asked about one of his teammates, saying it was “funny to hear a female” ask the 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. Newton responded, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like — it’s funny.” Rodrigue and Newton spoke afterward, but she declined to comment about the meeting.? Panthers director of communications Steven Drummond said in a statement that he spoke with Newton and Rodrique “and I know they had a conversation where he expressed regret for using those words. We strive as a department to make the environment for media comfortable for everyone covering the team.” A source close to the…

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