Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton has belittled a female reporter, Jourdan Rodrigue, during a press conference on Wednesday. Cam responded it was ‘’funny to hear a female’’ ask about football to a genuine question from Rodrigue.
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Rodrigue, The Charlotte Observer reporter, asked the quarterback a question about the Carolina wide receiver Devin Funchess’s route-running. She asked
Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards. Does this give you a little bit of an enjoyment to see him kind of truck-sticking people out there?
To which, Newton responded with a sexist dig: ‘’It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.”
Here's the video of Cam Newton saying "it's funny to hear a female talk about routes" pic.twitter.com/hd9Kg4CCeu
— Carlin & Reese (@CarlinReeseWIP) October 4, 2017
Afterwards, the reporter took to her Twitter to explain her situation as Newton made that sexist comments on her. She wrote:
“I don’t think it’s funny to be a female and talk about routes. I think it’s my job”
I don't think it's "funny" to be a female and talk about routes. I think it's my job.
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) October 4, 2017
She also released a statement through The Charlotte Observer through e-mail saying:
was dismayed by his response, which not only belittled me but countless other women before me and beside me who work in similar jobs. I sought Mr. Newton out as he left locker room a few minutes later. He did not apologize for his comments.
Later that night, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said, “Newton’s comments are just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league. They do not reflect the thinking of the league.”
Carolina Panther Cam Newton made sexist comment in a press meeting Wednesday
Source: Pro football focus
“I have spoken with Jourdan and Cam 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”, Panthers spokesperson Steven Juston said in a statement Wednesday night.
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Newton was the most valuable player in NFL in 2015, however, slumped badly last season. In this season, he has pa s sed for 882 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions in four games and has also led the Panthers to a 3-1 record this season.