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Cam Newton makes sexist comment to female reporter, fails to apologize

During a Wednesday afternoon press conference Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton seemed to think that women don’t know what they are talking about when it comes to football.

Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue had asked a routine question about one of his receivers, when Newton smirked and said: “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.” Even though Newton proceeded to answer the question, Rodrigue was reasonably upset with the quarterback’s sexist remark.

Rodrigue approached Newton afterwards and pressed him on the issue, but Newton didn’t apologize for his actions.

According to the Observer’s Scott Fowler, Newton tried to explain to her that Rodrigue was not seeing specific routes watching the game. Rodrigue argued that Newton could not have known what she was seeing nor assume how hard she’s studied the game of football. Towards the end of the conversation, Rodrigue asked if Newton even knew her name. She had been covering the Panthers for the past year and introduced herself to Newton on her first day on the job in 2016. The quarterback said he didn’t remember who she was.

Katie Hnida, the first woman to ever play Division I football, had this to say to Newton:

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At the end of the day, Newton is not in the strongest position to be making fun of others at all. Just look at his stats: In four games this season, he’s thrown five interceptions and he’s fumbled the ball three times. All of that has helped put Carolina T-29th in the NFL in turnover differential. Yeah, not good. Newton better check himself.

 

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