Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton made what many are saying is a completely sexist response to a female reporter’s question about WR Devin Funchess embracing the physicality of routes…
Newton chuckled, saying “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like — it’s funny.”
But no one’s laughing, and it looks Newton may have to get schooled on the matter and why his answer many feel was so inappropriate.
“This afternoon, I did my job as an NFL beat writer and asked Cam Newton a question about one of his receivers. I was dismayed by his response, which not only belittled me but countless other women before me and beside me who work in similar jobs,” Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue said. “I sought Mr. Newton out as he left the locker room a few minutes later. He did not apologize for his comments.”
According to a report in the Observer, “Newton said she wasn’t really seeing specific routes when watching the game, she was just seeing if somebody was open… She argued that he didn’t know what she saw nor how hard she had studied football, and that maybe the two of them needed to have a deeper conversation.
“Newton said that maybe he should have said it was funny to hear ‘reporters’ talk about routes and that, if she actually did know about them, then she knew more than most reporters,” according to the Observer. “Then he gestured toward the locker room, still filled with her colleagues.”
Per ESPN, Panthers director of communications Steven Drummond said in a statement that he spoke with Newton and Rodrigue “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.”