Panthers quarterback Cam Newton started a scuffle with cornerback Josh Norman during Monday’s practice. Does that seem dumb of Newton to do, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter?

“Absolutely,” said Schefter, with ‘Armen and Levack’ on 104.5 The Team. “I’m a Cam Newton fan, I really like him. But I don’t ever recall any quarterback that I covered engaging in any kind of brawl during training camp.

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“You’re the leader of the team, you set the tone, you send the message. Aside from the fact that I can’t tell you how many fights I’ve seen over the years where haymakers are thrown and some guy sprains his wrist, breaks a finger, shatters his thumb, whatever it is. You’re the most valuable player on the team. You just signed this incredible contract. What are you doing?”

In the off-season, Newton signed a five-year, $103.8 million dollar contract extension through the 2020 season, making the Auburn product the highest paid player in Carolina franchise history.

“You have to be poised enough and mature enough to step back no matter what was said and done and say, ‘If I got a problem with this guy, we’re going to talk about it.’ If you’re the other guy, in Josh Norman’s case, you have to be really dumb to go after the franchise player. That’s a great way of getting yourself cut from the team. Neither man exercised the highest intelligence engaging in a fight like that.”

“I think it’s disappointing for the Carolina Panthers.”

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