Cam Newton’s statements at news conference went over like he got sacked before he had time to shift in the pocket. The Carolina Panther’s star QB made what some called a “disrespectful” and “degrading” comment to a female reporter from the local news paper during a news conference earlier this week. Here’s the exchange as reported by ESPN, “Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton during Wednesday’s news conference about wide receiver Devin Funchess embracing the physicality of routes and whether Newton got enjoyment out of that.
Newton laughed and responded, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like … it’s funny.”
The reporter, reportedly, confronted Newton after the news conference over his comments to her and says he did not apologize. But Newton did apologize Thursday evening after one of his major sponsors made their disapproval clear. A spokesperson for Dannon Oikos Yogurt said the company would be pulling all commercials and ads featuring the 2015 NFL MVP because his comments that were “…entirely inconsistent with our commitment to fostering equality and inclusion in every workplace.”
Less than 24 hours after he first made the comment to the reporter and about nine hours after a sponsor said it would be dropping him, Newton issued this apology…”After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women…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.”
Was it though really…did he say something that was “extremely unacceptable?” Maybe after months and months of hearing Donald Trump insult Blacks, women, Muslims, Puerto Ricans, Obama, NFL players, NBA players, Meryl Streep, handicapped reporters, Mexicans and just about everybody, perhaps I’m desensitized to what is truly an insult . But exactly what did Newton say that was so “degrading”?
Sure his comment could be perceived as stupid and maybe even insensitive, but we’ve definitely heard worse from a presidential candidate who talked about assaulting women in their private parts and he got elected. Newton sounded as if he was giving the reporter a back handed compliment astonished that she knew so much about football. Personally, I have no idea what a “route” is…so I was impressed with her knowledge. Does that make me disrespectful to women for being impressed that another women knew what the term meant and how it applies to football?
Well, Newton took the high road (even if he crashed onto it after sponsors started ditching him) and ingratiated himself to females and female lovers everywhere by issuing the apology.
Now, maybe the reporter can issue an apology to minorities after these racist posts were reportedly found on her twitter feed…