A star quarterback from the NFL was under fire on Wednesday, October 4th for his “sexist” response to a female reporter. During a media appearance, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was asked a specific question about the routes of his fellow wide receivers.
Jourdan Rodrigue, a reporter for a North Carolina news outlet called the “Charlotte Observer,” asked Newton, “I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well. Devin Funchess [Panthers wide receiver] has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards. Does that give you a little bit of enjoyment to see him truck-sticking people?”
Newton’s first reaction—a chuckle.
Then, the quarterback responded, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes...like it’s funny,” as he continued mildly laughing. Later on, Rodrigue issued a reply to Newton directly via social media saying, it’s not “funny,” but it’s “my job.”
Newton’s remark quickly became very controversial and people are divided on his word choice—despite their gender or political beliefs. Half of the media was angry and offended by his comment, insinuating that the quarterback was being “sexist.” On the other hand, people implied that the Left is being hypocritical and the situation shouldn’t have been that big of a deal to begin with.
Following his remarks, Newton lost an endorsement deal with Dannon yogurt. Newton was popular for being the center point of many of their greek yogurt commercials, which often aired during NFL games.
On Thursday evening, Newton released an apology video on his social media accounts. In the video, he acknowledged that he believes his word choice was “degrading and disrespectful to women,” but that was not his intention.
The Panthers quarterback stated, “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 in my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others...what I did was extremely unacceptable.”
He continued, “I’m a father to two beautiful daughters and at their age, I try to instill in them that they can do and be anything that they want to be. The fact that during this whole process, I’ve already lost sponsors and countless fans, I’ve realized that the joke is really on me and I’ve learned a valuable lesson from this. To the young people who see this, I hope that you learn something from this, as well; don’t be like me, be better than me.”
Newton ended the video asking for forgiveness from the female reporters, journalists, “super moms,” daughters, sisters, and all women around the world.
See Cam Newton’s full apology video below.
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