WATCH - NFL star Cam Newton slammed for disparaging remark to female reporter
Carolina Panthers quarter-back Cam Newton has come under-fire for disparaging remarks aimed at a female reporter.
Jourdan Rodrigue, a female reporter for the Charlotte Observer, asked Newton a question about passing routes and Newton seemed to be amused by the whole thing.
She asked: "Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards, does that give you a little bit of enjoyment to see him impressing people out there?"
He giggled to himself before responding with: "It's funny to hear a female talk about routes.. 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
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network shared a statement from the Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond on the incident: "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."
Rodrigue, in a statement to Rapoport and later on Twitter, denied that version of events.
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
I spoke with him after and it was worse. I chose not to share, because I have an actual job to do today and one he will not keep me from.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) October 4, 2017