David Newton ESPN Staff Writer
Panthers coach Ron Rivera apparently wasn't happy with the continued talk about his decision to bench NFL MVP Cam Newton for the opening series of Sunday's loss for not wearing a tie on the Saturday flight to Seattle. Here's how he opened Wednesday's press conference in a rather terse tone:
"Apparently, doing what you're supposed to do doesn't seem to explain the situation, set of circumstances. So I'm going to address this one last time. OK? Again, I made a decision based on rules. Treat everybody the same. The reason you do it, especially when you're having a tough season, is because if you don't, chaos, it can consume your football team. The idea was to do the right thing treat everybody the same. I've done it before where I've had to treat people the same, and that's all I've done. That's the end of it. Please, as a football team, we would like to move forward and start focusing on the San Diego Chargers. So I'm going to ask you not to start asking questions [about it]. I'm going to talk about the Chargers, I'm going to talk about our football team going forward. Thank you.''