NFL: Cam Newton’s comments are “just plain wrong and disrespectful”

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton made a ridiculously sexist remark on Wednesday, and the NFL has something to say about it.

“The comments are just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email. “They do not reflect the thinking of the league.”

Newton responded to a Wednesday question from reporter Jordan Rodrique regarding the physical pass routes run by receiver Devin Funchess by saying, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.”

There’s nothing funny about it. The comments are indefensible and inexplicable (although many — and I have one specific Alex Jones-style sports pundit in mind — will surely try to defend and/or explain what he said). Good for the NFL to call Cam out for a comment that turns the clock back to the days of Archie Bunker.

96 responses to “NFL: Cam Newton’s comments are “just plain wrong and disrespectful”

  1. This chick is making way more of this than is necessary, she’s trying to get her 15 min of fame , its disgusting

  2. This is a non-issue. If I were Cam, I wouldn’t speak on it anymore. It’s as insignificant as a fly on an elephant’s butt.

  3. Raise your fist against racism but demeaning women is ok. Newton has a real stench about him.

  4. I’m female. His comments were wrong. However, I am tired of being outraged. Every day the media gives us something new to be outraged about and they drag it out forever. If he apologized, that’s fine. Move on.

  5. It is easy to understand. Not many women talk sports like that. I’m sure he didn’t mean to disrespect her but we do live in a soft PC world now.

  6. Back to the days of Archie Bunker? He simply pointed out a not so common thing it ain’t like he asked her to hand her tape recorder or pen pad to the man next to her and return to her rightful place in the kitchen. If a male reporter were to ask a cheerleader about a routine she performed and she thought it was funny would the outrage be the same?

  7. What is so disrespectful about the comment? Most women don’t know anything about routes.

    Hell just last year there was a woman on FS1 talking about the number of touchdowns scored…. in a baseball game.

  8. Yes, the NFL can call out Newton for “just plain wrong” comment about a female reporter but does nothing to stop the “just plain wrong” comments and protests about law enforcement officers in this country. Do I have that right, PFT?

  9. People who get paid to write about grown men playing games should be a little more thick-skinned than this, even though Cam shouldn’t have said what he did

  10. Female reporters feelings are much more important than respect for our nation and those who defend it.

  11. When Kaepernick took a knee, the media bent over backwards talking about how he had the freedom to do that and we have to respect his freedoms.

    WHy does the same logic not apply here?

  12. Maybe I’m alone but I don’t think he said anything wrong, and I despise Newton.

    Stick your political correctness as far as I’m concerned.

  13. They are announcing ticket prices on the radio for Seahawk games. $105 for tickets to Texans game, $69 for tickets to Rams game. I wonder if they will pay me to go to a game in a few weeks. Will they enforce local TV blackouts? Keep spinning NFL.

    If Cam bashes female journalists and nobody is watching the games does it matter?

    No Fans League.

  14. titans4evr says:
    October 4, 2017 at 8:07 pm
    Maybe she was dressed like a professional and not Mr. Peanut and Cam did not like that
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    if I could only like this 100 times hahaha

  15. So, the players have their “social injustice’ kneeling thing, now all the female team and network officials will start their own “protest”-maybe they will turn their back on all nfl players when they start to answer their questions…..that would be funny.

  16. After watching the video, I’m even more ok with what I saw. He was probably intrigued about it more than anything and he didn’t “laugh” at her. It was more of a WOW smile. Relax People.

  17. I bet Colin Kaepernick wouldn’t have said that! The Panthers should sign him….and if they don’t they’re a racist organization! (What wait…Newton is a black QB too??)
    Ok, nevermind.

  18. megabeast37215 says:
    Remember when you could say whatever you wanted in America?
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    No, and neither do you, regardless of what you think you remember.
    The First Amendment protects you from government sanctions for your speech, period. Nothing protects you from the consequences of your actions in the private sector, especially when you say and do stupid things while on the job.
    My advice: Go back to junior high, and this time stay awake

  19. Disrespect men and women who died for their country and NFL is silent.
    Offend one female reporter with a bigoted comment and the NFL freaks out. I’m confused.

  20. “…I have one specific Alex Jones-style sports pundit in mind…”
    —————-
    Bayless or Stephen A.?

    “…turns the clock back to the days of Archie Bunker.”
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    No. Not even close.

  21. I’m big fan of Newton’s he’s the best QB our team has ever had; I find it sad that his stats are about those of Eli Manning but he’s treated like garbage.

    However, I’ve lost a bit of respect for him over this. He was deamning to someone doing their job in front of their peers for no other reason than her gender. You call it PC I call it a lack of respect. I’m not sure why that virtue has lost all value in this country, but that’s what “PC” is mutual respect.

    I get that her comments were kinda like your parents using your slang to look cool, but it was a legit question. It’s not as if any other writer in that room knew more about routes than her (and it’s likely they know less given the depth of her writing) based on their particular dangly parts.

  22. But… what if it is indeed funny to hear a woman ask about routes? Are we all suppose to pretend other wise? Some people think being politically correct is the same as being accurate, when in fact it’s typically the opposite.

  23. She’ll have all the publicity for her faux outrage til the next guy says something stupid, or punches his girlfriend or gets locked up. We’ll have all pink uniform stuff all month to show the ladies we care, etc etc….its getting tiresome

  24. Maybe he doesn’t hang with intelligent women or he doesn’t understand the definition of funny.

  25. I don’t have the time nor energy to get bent out of shape about everything every athlete says and I have no clue how others do it

  26. Those defending Cam because it’s his “freedom” of speech then I hope you don’t take it offensively if someday that happens to your daughters, wives, sisters, or mothers. Hope you tell them to suck it up and take up another profession or pretend it didn’t happen altogether. BUT I doubt you’re ever gonna do that.

  27. Nope. Can’t say that.
    I actually was a Cam fan before this, but come on dude. Even if you have lunacy like that noodling around up there, you certainly can’t say it.

    I’m not really for suspensions, but I would fully support a suspension for this kind of sexist B#######

  28. If Cam Newton wasn’t known to be a jerkoff you might be able to say it was just odd phrasing, maybe he really just hadnt encountered women interested in sports in his life. Of course. Cam Newton IS known to be a jerkoff. So its just him being a jerkoff.

  29. At most Cam Newton’s comments were condescending I don’t think it was overtly misogynistic though very stupid. This is being made a bigger deal than it needs to be.

  30. I think that Cam Newton is arrogant, but in all honesty I didn’t see nothing wrong with his comments. He acted without malice and as usual everything got blown out of proportion. He just found funny that a female had deep football knowledge because unlike most sports females don’t play football. Afterwards he answered the question. Stop blowing things out of proportion please.

  31. There are some excellent female sports reporters. It’s great that they are getting opportunities, though there’s still a long way to go. Female sports beat reporters are still a tiny minority and therefore, it is indeed “funny” (as in “funny unusual”) to hear a female talking about pass routes. Mike Florio’s “reporting” above perfectly explains why the media is completely out of touch with most Americans.

  32. This goes to the issue of respect. I’d be willing to bet the same people kneeling for national anthem are the same people that may have disrespect for women but all of a sudden they should have respect? If you want respect the players need to give it for anthem and women. Certainly not the women’s fault, whether they are being overly sensitive or not does not change the buffoonery of the player(s)

  33. He should be suspended. A few year back, NHL player Sean Avery was suspended 6 games for referring to his ex-girlfriend as “sloppy seconds” when she was dating another player. If he isn’t suspended, it will be disgraceful.

  34. Maybe “funny” isn’t the correct word, maybe “unique”? It’s not sexist, it’s honest. It’s not a rejection and assertion that females should not ask questions or call games. It’s just new, and hence “unique.” You can’t tell me that if she asked Cam “how his improper footwork on his 5-step drops in the 3rd quarter negatively affected the line’s passblocking scheme as well as threw off the timing with his receivers” we wouldn’t all say, “WTH”? IT IS DIFFERENT. If you are all honest, it feels “unique/funny” to hear a female call a college or pro football game because we are not used to it yet. This is no different.

  35. So, per the NFL, engaging in an act which in many people’s opinion is disrespectful to those who have served and sacrificed for this country is freedom of expression. Stating that a female asking a question about WR routes is offensive and sexist. Mr. Goodell, could you get someone to publish a guide or cheatsheet so we can try to keep up?

  36. I’ve encountered plenty of men who don’t know anything about football, some of whom post on this very site.

    Being a female doesn’t mean you can’t be knowledgeable about sports. Even if that’s not true of the women in your life, that’s a fairly small sample size, yeah?

  37. Cam is showing his true self. And people wonder why he isn’t embraced across the country. Not the color of his skin, it is about how he carries himself on and off the field. This is just another reason to dislike the man.

  38. Folks, His father was in the league as a safety (preseason only) his older brother has been in the league as a center and his younger brother is a up and coming star in college. There most likely have been football discussions around that dinner table. His statement could indicate that his mother never engaged in the conversation meaning it would be different/funny to him that a female would get involved. It’s reasonable but it doesn’t provide a reason for outrage that so many want to jump on.

  39. Disrespect men and women who died for their country and NFL is silent.
    Offend one female reporter with a bigoted comment and the NFL freaks out. I’m confused

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    Yes, you certainly are. They keep telling you that it has nothing to do with the military and you keep not hearing them.

    For them it’s about domestic government (cops) not overseas military. Ask yourself why you keep bringing up disrespecting the military because that isn’t what it’s ever been about, yet you keep saying it like it truth when it’s a lie…like you “need” to for some reason…

  40. If a woman were to say it’s funny hearing a man talk about interior home decorating. I promise you there would be absolutely no backlash, and in fact most people would agree with that statement.

  41. “I’ve been covering the Panthers for the past 23 seasons, and Jordan Rodrigue knows more about the subtle intricacies of football than I do. For instance: I sort of know what a wide receiver’s ‘route tree’ is. Rodrigue knows exactly what a route tree is and can diagram one for you. I kind of understand what a ‘3’ technique is for a defensive lineman. Rodrigue knows just what it means. So yes, she’s a 25-year-old woman, and she knows a ton about football.” ~ Scott Fowler, The Charlotte Observer

  42. Sean Avery of the Dallas Stars was suspended indefinitely by the NHL after he made extremely crude comments about other players dating his ex girlfriends (eventually was suspended 6 games). I think, like the NHL did, the NFL should indefinitely suspend Newton, until he at least apologizes, and at a minimum he should be suspended for 1 game when it settles. NFL can’t just release a statement, they need to do more.

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    jimmyjohns01 says:
    October 4, 2017 at 10:47 pm
    Those defending Cam because it’s his “freedom” of speech then I hope you don’t take it offensively if someday that happens to your daughters, wives, sisters, or mothers. Hope you tell them to suck it up and take up another profession or pretend it didn’t happen altogether. BUT I doubt you’re ever gonna do that.
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    Heck, be fine if it does. It only means they are working in a highly successful career to have a MVP QB answering their questions and even referencing that he noticed the difference in her questions as a female. Cam has talked to many female reporters but I guess they just ask the surface questions. It also will be a test to see how confident they are in their own skills and understand that respect is ULTIMATELY earned. And if you WANT to work in this male dominated field then it would be wise to be a little tougher and be a consummate professional-which she was not with her whining. You know, just like they asked Cam to do when he lost the Super Bowl. Just a thought regarding one professional to another. A professional never makes the conversation about them!!!

  44. As a white male that knows nothing about route trees and would actually jump on my own fumble, I can’t comment on this…

    that is all.

  45. jmethane says:
    October 5, 2017 at 8:55 am
    Disrespect men and women who died for their country and NFL is silent.
    Offend one female reporter with a bigoted comment and the NFL freaks out. I’m confused

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    Yes, you certainly are. They keep telling you that it has nothing to do with the military and you keep not hearing them.

    For them it’s about domestic government (cops) not overseas military. Ask yourself why you keep bringing up disrespecting the military because that isn’t what it’s ever been about, yet you keep saying it like it truth when it’s a lie…like you “need” to for some reason…
    ________________
    You don’t cheat on your wife and say, this isn’t about you darling, it’s really about how unfair they are treating me at the office!!! If it isn’t about the military-dont hold your protest on our way of honoring the military! If it is about the bad cops, then hold the protest at the police station. Yeah, that man who cheated on his wife got her attention and the attention of everyone who knows them, even the office may hear about it, but it is not going to impact the way the office treats him. Here is a new thought, if you are going to protest, protest appropriately. You know like people who are against abortion, protests abortion clinics!

  46. Cam Newton is a lot smarter than most of you people think. Why should he play the game by your set of rules? He doesn’t have to, and he’s not going to. He has all the money he needs. He’s not planning on breaking any laws. He’s set for life. He might not be kneeling for the anthem, but he’s aware of the double standard. His brain is working just fine. He doesn’t need for you to let him into the house.

  47. Was the comment sexist? Of course. Is it egregious or malicious? No. The guy found it funny. I just find it weird that he found it funny seemingly out of nowhere. Must have been in a pretty goofy mood to find that “funny”. Let’s be honest. It is a male dominated sport. I could easily make the argument that what he said was actually a nod of respect to the female reporter for knowing her stuff and catching Cam off guard. I wouldn’t make that argument right now because I would prefer not to catch my own label.

  48. Folks, this is conduct detrimental to the league. There’s no two ways around it. It’s more detrimental to the league than the Ezekiel Elliott non-case, and he’s at risk of missing nearly half a season worth of games.
    If the NFL want’s to protect the shield from sexism, they need to make an example out of Cam and either put him on the commissioners exempt list, or suspend him outright for 6-10 games.

  49. The NFL and their double standards. How in the world can Cam’s statement be wrong, hut the hatred expressed by NFL players against law enforcement officers be right? Any simpleton can look at crime Stats. and draw a different conclusion.

  50. Female reporters covering the NFL almost always limit their reporting, and presumably their questions, to personal interest matters of the players. And relaying injury updates to the booth. I’m sure it is “unusual” or “funny” for a player to field such a question about routes from a female reporter. For the sake of correctness, perhaps he shouldn’t state so, but at least he went on to respectfully answer her question as he did of an earlier question from a female reporter. Much ado about nothing.

  51. There is a pecking order, and a flow chart, for which groups are allowed to be dissed by which other groups. Cam obviously didn’t look at it closely enough.

  52. Is everyone so sure that Cam wasn’t laughing because he found it funny that the female reporter is the first one in many years to ask an insightful question, and not the fools like the clowns on ESPN who think they know everything about the game, all the while knowing very little? I guess I mean, is it possible he was doing a poor job of giving her qa compliment and that he why he didn’t apologize?

  53. They did better than the Panthers’ PR department, who tried to spin “I regret not saying ‘reporter’ instead of female’ into an apology.

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