Charlotte Observer reporter says Cam Newton did not apologize

AP

Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue said in a statement that Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has not apologized for a sexist comment to her during his weekly press conference.

The Panthers said in a statement issued by Panthers director of communications Steven Drummond that Newton had “expressed regret” for telling Rodrigue it was “funny” to hear “a female talk about routes.”

“This afternoon, I did my job as an NFL beat writer and asked Cam Newton a question about one of his receivers,” Rodrigue said in a statement. “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.

“I sought Mr. Newton out as he left the locker room a few minutes later. He did not apologize.”

The Association for Women in Sports Media and the Pro Football Writers of America have reached out to Rodrigue with support, and the NFL released a statement calling Newton’s comment “just plain wrong and disrespectful.”

24 responses to “Charlotte Observer reporter says Cam Newton did not apologize

  1. Hey that is how the Lion Roars. Don’t fence him into the passing pocket of equality,civility,decency and respect,let him run and do his thing.

  2. The reporter said that Newton’s response when she spoke to him the second time was worse than the first. That takes it out of the realm of Newton just being an idiot to something more serious.

  3. Even if you *think* you didn’t do anything, in this situation humbly & sincerely apologize anyway … you will probably come out all the better for it vs alternately risking coming off like a real cad. Not really such a hard choice

  4. she should state she like an apology, but it is Cam’s decision to offer one or not. Her job is to report and not become the story. My job is to read and develop my own opinion of Mr. Newton. If he’s not famous, this goes unnoticed. Since he is famous, we need to raise a stink and demand an apology.

    I’m tired of that arritude.

    It happened. He does not care. I’ve got my own opinion of him (still needs to grow up) and have decided to. Not use him as a life model. Think for yourselves people.

  5. Hmpf… I seem to have misplaced my “give a damn” and it was JUST here a minute ago.

    Maybe I’ll find it for tomorrow…nah… I’m becoming immune to being told what should alarm me. I work with a whole bunch of snowflakes on both sides of EVERY issue and I’m just plumb tuckered out.

    Woman with hurt feelings … MAN UP… Grow a pair…rub some dirt on it and get out there and do your job or become a mechanic or something. Good god this is getting old…

  6. Why apologize for something you arent sorry for? Apologies should mean something not be formalities. Not saying Cams right and not a toolbag but why apologize if he isnt actual sorry.

  7. Someone needs to fill Newton in on what the local beat reporter actually does for their team.

    Namely, always finding some positive thing to say about your team no matter how much you are stinking up the joint at any given time and keeping the fans from giving up on your sorry butts when they’d be completely justified in doing it.

  8. Watching him on video, it seems like he wasn’t putting her down or belittling her… it was more like, “Wow, I’m not used to hearing women talk about pass routes.” Not the most enlightened comment, to be sure, but not said with malice, from what I could tell.

  9. Cam is only following his mind. He is using the leader of the free world as his guide. The president makes the same type of comments. And it got him elected president of the United States. I say use the president as your guide when making comments.

  10. 12brichandfamous says:
    October 4, 2017 at 8:57 pm
    she should state she like an apology, but it is Cam’s decision to offer one or not. Her job is to report and not become the story. My job is to read and develop my own opinion of Mr. Newton. If he’s not famous, this goes unnoticed. Since he is famous, we need to raise a stink and demand an apology.

    I’m tired of that arritude.

    It happened. He does not care. I’ve got my own opinion of him (still needs to grow up) and have decided to. Not use him as a life model. Think for yourselves people.

    WHY SHOULD SHE HAVE TO ASK???

    Isn’t that attitude similar to why players are kneeling every week????…Cam is complete hypocrite

  11. Ferdinand ,

    That’s not a beat writer’s job. That’s the team website writer’s job. In between all of this faux outrage, her question was pretty silly if it was even a question. I’m still not sure what she was asking.

  12. canedaddy ,

    Call me crazy but I saw it the same way. Seems like a lot of people reaching on this on, both the PC police and the people who still can’t accept they were wrong about this guy 8 years ago, which if you think about it is sad since that was a pretty long time ago to be holding onto preconceived notions.

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