NFL Star Cam Newton Apologizes for Sexist Comment to Female Reporter
Carolina Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton apologized on Twitter after he made sexist comments toward a female reporter during a news conference. The woman, Jourdan Rodrigue, works for the Charlotte Observer and asked Newton about the routes run by wide receiver, Devin Funchess. The 2015 MVP responded by laughing and saying, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.”
According to Rodrigue, she spoke to Newton after the interview but he did not offer an apology at that time. She later Tweeted, “I don’t think it’s “funny” to be a female and talk about routes. I think it’s my job.” Dannon Yogurt dropped their endorsement of Newton and will no longer be using him in their advertisements. “It is entirely inconsistent with our commitment to fostering equality and inclusion in every workplace,” the company stated. “It’s simply not OK to belittle anyone based on gender. Additional companies expressed concerns as well. Gatorade called the comments “objectionable and disrespectful,” while retail chain Belk says it will not renew its contract with Newton once it expires in January.
Newton, who has two daughers issued an apology the day after the incident. “After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women,” he said. “And to be honest, that was not my intention. If you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you. I’m a man who tries to be a positive role model to my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others. I take ownership to everything that comes with that. What I did was extremely unacceptable.”