People aren’t happy about Cam Newton’s response to a female reporter’s tactics question
Newton was responding to Carolina Panthers beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue’s question about routes.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been accused of sexism after comments made to Panthers beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue.
Rodrigue asked Newton a question about the routes of one of his receivers following a practice session, to which Newton initially replied: “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes, like, it’s funny.”
A route is a pattern of movement that a receiver will use to get on the end of a pass.
Newton went on to answer the question before the press conference moved on, but Rodrigue and others were clearly not happy with the 28-year-old’s reaction.
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
And Rodrigue clarified that she had spoken to Newton afterwards, tweeting: “I spoke with him after and it was worse.”
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
According to a statement from Rodrigue issued to NFL Network Insider’s Ian Rapoport, Newton did not apologise.
Many took issue with Newton’s comments, which represent a frustrating element of the wider world of sports.
What frustrates me about Cam Newton's comments: He's not joking around with friends, he's being condescending to a reporter doing her job— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 4, 2017
Unfortunately, Cam Newton's sexism happens more than people think. We get this from athletes, coaches, colleague, readers, viewers...— Jenny Dial Creech (@jennydialcreech) October 4, 2017
Shame on Cam Newton. And it's a crying shame the sexism that women have to fight through overt and otherwise in this industry.— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoPHL) October 4, 2017
Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond issued a statement as well, which said that Newton had “expressed regret for using those words”.
The NFL’s statement on the subject read: “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.”