Cam Newton Finally Apologizes For Laughing At Female Reporter

“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes,” said the Carolina Panthers quarterback, who won the 2015 NFL’s “Most Valuable Player Award.”

UPDATE: After facing backlash for his sexist comments toward a female sports reporter, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton released a video apology that quickly went viral on Twitter. 

In just under two minutes, Newton clarified that his intentions were not to come across sexist, maintaining that as a father of two daughters he encourages gender equality and teaches his own children that they can be "anything that they want to be." 

"If you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you," Newton said in the clip. 

While Newton says his apologetic sentiments are sincere, it is highly likely that he issued the video under pressure from the NFL, the Carolina Panthers, and his sponsors, among others.

Nevertheless, for many people, Newton has already left them with a bad taste in their mouths, and his presumably staged apology isn't enough to smooth things over.  

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who won the 2015 NFL “Most Valuable Player Award,” still needs to win over sexism.

For Newton it was funny to see a female reporter at a news conference getting into the details of football, even though analyzing the game without participating is not rocket science.

From Jessica Mendoza analyzing Major League Baseball games on ESPN, Beth Mowins covering NFL games for CBS, to ESPN’s Doris Burke who is a part of the broadcast team for the NBA, several female reporters cover sports. And they’ve been doing that for decades.

And they are very good at their jobs.

But for Newton, to have knowledge of the game, it seems gender matters a lot.

Just recently he made a sexist comment to sports broadcaster Jourdan Rodrigue, who was questioning him about wide receiver Devin Funchess’s running routes.

"It's funny to hear a female talk about routes like -- it's funny," he responded with a smirk on his face, stressing on the word “route.”

Rodrigue, a reporter for the Charlotte Observer, was quick to express her feelings on Twitter.

Someone asked her if she tried confronting the football player rather than putting everything on social media. Turns out Rodrigue tried and that experience was even worse.

His comments were anything but funny. The NFL quickly distanced itself from Newton’s sexist remarks.

“The 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,” stated NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.

The Panthers were also quick to post a statement.

"I have spoken with Jourdan and Cam and I know they had a conversation where he expressed regret for using those words," a spokesman said. "We strive as a department to make the environment for media comfortable for everyone covering the team."

Several people were outraged and expressed discontent over his comments on social media.

Newton has yet to make a public remark about the incident.

Thumbnail Credits: Reuters, Greg M. Cooper

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