Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton Slammed Over Sexist Comment To Female Reporter

Cam Newton

During a press conference on Wednesday, Cam Newton laughed at a female reporter when she asked him a question about the physicality of wide receiver Devin Funchess‘ routes.

While smiling in disbelief, the Carolina Panthers quarterback responded:

“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.”

Now, we don’t need to tell you that journalist Jourdan Rodrigue is one of two beat writers assigned by The Charlotte Observer to specifically cover the Panthers, or that she’s been studying football strategy for the past 10 years. Her sports knowledge does not need to be proven or defended.

What’s important here is that Newton saw and heard who was asking him a legitimate question, and immediately belittled her without hesitation. This is the world we’re living in in 2017.

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After the sexist comment, the sportswriter approached Newton as he left the locker room for follow-up. He did not apologize.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy later told The Observer:

“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.”

As for Rodrigue, she had this to say:

For those of you who don’t see anything wrong with this, it’s sexist comments like these that perpetuate biases against women on every level.

If it’s natural for us to not believe a woman could possibly understand what “routes” are in football, how in the world will we ever believe she could become President?

You can watch the moment, and the rest of the press conference where he addresses male reporters as “sir,” (below):

[Image via Twitter/YouTube.]

Oct 5, 2017 10:56am PDT

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