WATCH - NFL star Cam Newton apologises for sexist comments made to a female beat reporter
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton finally apologised for making a degrading comment to a female reporter - though not before losing a lucrative endorsement deal for his remarks.
Newton was dropped by sponsor Dannon for the incident when he was asked a question by reporter Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer and smirked before saying: "it's funny to hear a female talk about routes."
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
He later used Twitter to post a video apology.
"After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women," Newton said. "If you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologise to you.
"What I said was unacceptable.
"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.
"During this whole process I've already lost sponsors and countless fans, I realise that the joke was really on me. And I've learned a valuable lesson from this.
"I sincerely apologise and hope you can find the kindness in your heart to forgive me."
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