Jourdan Rodrigue apologizes for offensive tweets

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton still hasn’t apologized to the reporter he addressed with a sexist comment on Wednesday, but now the reporter has apologized.

Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue posted an apology on Twitter after three tweets she posted years ago were discovered by Black Sports Online.

In two of the tweets, Rodrigue referenced laughing at racist jokes. In the third she uses the word “nigga.”

“I apologize for the offensive tweets from my Twitter account from 4/5 years ago,” Rodrigue said today. “There is no excuse for these tweets and the sentiment behind them. I am deeply sorry and apologize.”

Rodrigue asked Newton a football question during his media appearance yesterday, and Newton smirked and said he found it “funny” to be asked a football question by a female.

108 responses to “Jourdan Rodrigue apologizes for offensive tweets

  1. Why don’t we just face the fact that we’re all idiots and we all say stupid things sometimes? The perpetrator should just apologize and move on and the rest of us should give them grace.

  2. America. Cam says something stupid to someone and they try, and succeed, in digging up dirt on the accuser. Like it somehow makes what Cam said better.

    Conclusion, both are idiots. But only one apologized.

  3. She should be fired, Cam didn’t intend to offend, he just offended with his intent. He did not mean ill-will with his comments. Why is everything put under a microscope?

  4. automated robots. its what the msm is trying to change everyone into. we all speak the same, think the same, act the same. just out of fear of upsetting anyone

  5. Considering the new NFL policy that punishes any racial remarks by fans resulting in a lifetime ban from stadiums, will this woman no longer be allowed in the stadium? Hmmm…

    This is what happens when you follow identity politics to its natural conclusion. All races, sexes, sexual orientations etc… are being pitted against each other.

  6. After listing or reading various quotes from our president………….

    How thin skin are our lives becoming?

    What ever happen to freedom of speech or the right to laugh!

  7. So Black Sports Online went digging for dirt and they found it.

    Because she made someone they like look bad.

    ::slow clap::

  8. This is me…not caring about what a young woman said years ago. I’m standing right next to myself not caring that Newton said something yesterday.

    Get a freapin’ life people.

  9. She did nothing wrong in this Cam incident aside from doing her job.

    Now, they are trying to make her look like she’s not perfect…. well, none of us are.

    Classic politics.

  10. Yep. Same old same old eh? Can’t find a way to get Cam out of this jam, so let us attack the integrity of the reporter. Priceless and classless t the same time. How divine.

  11. It doesn’t matter what she did in the past, the feminists will regard her as a hero who endured intense hatred from a privileged male football player.

  12. So she hasn’t been sorry for the last 4-5 years and it’s merely a coincidence she decide to apologize today? Seems genuine.

    Also there’s a headline on PFT today that says “fans that make racist comments will be banned.” Will this pertain to beat reporters as well?

  13. It’s like math. When you multiply two negative numbers, you get a positive. Either way, I really don’t care about this. These two may have a not so friendly relationship prior to this event. I think it is between Cam and Ms. Rodrigue.

  14. The reality here is nobody is perfect and everybody makes mistakes.

    She owned up to it and apologized…lookin’ at you, Cam…

  15. Cam Newton – racism BAD, sexism no problem

    Jourdan Rodrigue – sexism BAD, racism no problem

    Sometimes the universe has a very ironic sense of humor

  16. America is literally the only country in the world where stories such as these continue to dominate news headlines.

  17. Re:
    lsuzilla says:
    October 5, 2017 at 12:48 pm
    Yes let’s make her the bad one! Deflect! Deflect!

    Got the point across beautifully using minimal words…and made a Broken Matt Hard reference! You sir or madam win today’s edition of the internet.

  18. What’s most interesting to me is how someone dug up dirt on this woman to essentially justify what Newton originally said to her. Just think where we’d be a society without the single worst drug the world has ever known – social media.

  19. “Being mean to each other is sadly becoming way too common place.”

    Actually its always been common place. The difference is we now have the internet and social media to let things be instantly communicated to almost anyone in the world who’s paying attention

    30 years ago this would have made the local newspapers and her tweets would not have existed because there was no twitter.

  20. I’m not naïve enough to think that racism and sexism don’t exist, but it blows my mind that there are people dumb enough to make comments like Cam’s at a press conference, or that anyone let alone a reporter that covers an NFL team would think it’s ok to have those types of comments on her twitter timeline

  21. “robkeezy says: October 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm Everybody says stupid stuff they regret.”

    And that, my friends, sums everything up. End of rabble-rousing articles. (yeah right)

  22. “timmmah10 says:
    October 5, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    She did nothing wrong in this Cam incident aside from doing her job.

    Now, they are trying to make her look like she’s not perfect…. well, none of us are.

    Classic politics.”

    Agreed it’s classic politics of a sort – but hopefully you can also agree (given your sentiment of none of us being perfect), that Cam isn’t perfect either.

    He said something stupid – he’ll apologize (like she did) and they should all be able to move on.

    But frankly, on the scale of what offends me personally – so speaking only for myself – what she did ranks worse. Assuming her apology is sincere and not just CYA, I’ll get over it.

  23. I interpreted the one about laughing along with her racist father as sarcasm. The NASCAR one…whatever.

    Anyway, the difference I still see here is she seems to regret it. Cam does not. And even if she is a huge racist, Cam didn’t know that and it doesn’t change his comments in the slightest.

  24. Also curious how many people will consider those offended by Cam snowflakes, while being offended by Rodrigue.

  25. spillertime21 says:
    October 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm
    So she hasn’t been sorry for the last 4-5 years and it’s merely a coincidence she decide to apologize today? Seems genuine.

    ————-

    Before today what was she going to do, as a reporter no one has heard of release an apology for something no one has noticed?

  26. chiefsfolife says:
    October 5, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    What’s most interesting to me is how someone dug up dirt on this woman to essentially justify what Newton originally said to her.
    ———————-

    They’re not trying to justify what Newton said to her. They’re just pointing out that she has racist tendencies.

    The real problem is that the media has bulldozers standing by to turn a molehill into a mountain.

  27. This is “Bonfire of the Vanities”2.0 If anyone ever read the book (or saw the awful film version with Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis)they should understand; this is today’s version…it almost writes itself

  28. Jourdan Rodrigue
    =============================================

    I feel like her first name has an unnecessary extra letter and the last name is missing a letter (z or s) at the end.

  29. Whatever this reporter may have said years ago is a separate issue.

    Newton insulted and belittled her in a professional and public setting. His intent isn’t relevant. He demonstrated his immaturity and lack of professionalism. To apologize is not a matter of “identity politics” or PC or the decline of western civilization. It’s simple decency and respect to recognize your actions as demeaning to another person and to express regret. It’s something we expect children to learn early on so that eventually they’ll think before flapping their lips.

  30. the motivation of whatever Black Sports (??) Online is is ridiculous.

    “WELL SHE SAID SOMETHING BAD TOO!! (years ago)”

    childish

  31. Social Media is the 24/7 Company Holiday Party…No one ever gets promoted only reprimands & termination.

    For that matter I don’t see any benefit for the athlete talking to the press…nothing good ever comes from it…

  32. Ok, so they’ve both done stupid things in a public forum. Neither need to be fired, crucified, vilified or sacrificed. We all know from personal experience what stupid looks like. Learn from mistakes or just keep making. It’s a choice.

  33. The lesson here is simple: Don’t be so quick to judge.

    Everyone makes mistakes. We can talk them over like adults and move on, and not freak out about them.

    Social media and 24-7 news outlets are making us all lose our minds.

  34. love it…..only in thing in America does someone say something stupid and folks go witch hunting on the supposed victim in order to deflect.

  35. irishgary says:
    October 5, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Both appear to be idiots

    ————————————-

    No, actually both appear to be normal people being held to unrealistic overly-judgemental politically correct expectations.

  36. How about everyone or no one can use “The N Word” in any form? It seems so stupid that we can consume it in music nonstop, but in a casual, non-offensive way the word can only be used by one group even as it is decried as offensive by many within that group.
    It’s just a word, and the context of any word makes all the difference. She either meant it as an insult or meant it as a synonym for “bro”. In one case she is a bigot, in the latter case she is just making an innocuous comment.

  37. racist remarks aren’t a “politically correct” expectation. It’s inhumane. Just think of all those slain, hung, dragged to death, with those same racist remarks. Those who attempt to rationalize those using racist remarks is their attempt to normalize them.

  38. Who needs to watch drama shows when you have the NFL… what a joke this league and society has become.. smh.

  39. To her credit:

    She didn’t ask Cam, “How long have you been a black quarterback?”

    Geez…that would be awkward, wouldn’t it?

    /sarcasm switched to OFF/

  40. Let him or here who is without sin or doesn’t make mistakes cast the first stone. Enough of this crap already. Leave Cam alone.

  41. Now I’m gonna tweet an apology about laughing at her laughing about jokes. The dude next to me just smirked about my apology. I certainly hope he thinks long and hard about sending his own apology tweet regarding his smirking about my laughing about her laughing. I shouldn’t have said “long and hard.” New apology tweet on the way.

  42. Yes let’s make her the bad one! Deflect! Deflect!
    —-
    Who is deflecting? She is an NFL beat reporter with 26k Twitter followers. She had multiple un-deleted tweets that were very regrettable and public. She apologized on her own. Simple. That neither excuses Cam nor makes her a pariah.

  43. skawh says:
    October 5, 2017 at 2:12 pm
    racist remarks aren’t a “politically correct” expectation. It’s inhumane. Just think of all those slain, hung, dragged to death, with those same racist remarks. Those who attempt to rationalize those using racist remarks is their attempt to normalize them.

    Skawh, you are right, just like disrespecting the flag and anthem insults those whom were slain, hung, dragged to death defending this country.

  44. Sounds to me like Cam told his people to go dig up any kind of dirt they could find against her and they data-mined her accounts until they could come up with something they could use.

  45. Whether or not she’s a racist has nothing to do with whether not he’s a sexist. That’s like saying if I rob someone, I shouldn’t be punished if that person had committed any crimes of their own in the last five years.

    One has nothing to do with the other

  46. Was it part of a rap song? Because if it was then its ok then! I’ve heard worst pumping gas at the local 7-11

  47. I don’t care care about any of this. Truth is it IS rather uncommon for a girl to be talking about running routes. My girlfriend could care less about sports and that goes the same for most women. Cam shouldn’t have said what he said, but now we have to demonize the guy for the rest of the season? Can we just stick to football? For the love of Christ.

  48. granadafan says:
    October 5, 2017 at 1:45 pm
    Jourdan Rodrigue
    =============================================

    I feel like her first name has an unnecessary extra letter and the last name is missing a letter (z or s) at the end.

    You must be having a ball with player names. Random hyphenation, Franglish names etc.

  49. I interpreted the one about laughing along with her racist father as sarcasm. The NASCAR one…whatever.

    Anyway, the difference I still see here is she seems to regret it. Cam does not. And even if she is a huge racist, Cam didn’t know that and it doesn’t change his comments in the slightest.

    10 9 Rate This

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    How do you know he didn’t know about her tweets????

  50. It’s not offensive. She didn’t use it in a racist context. Black Sports Online is just digging for dirt to smear the reporter. Even though they say it doesn’t excuse Cam but why even dig so far back and write an article about it then if it’s not to create a distraction.

  51. This is why I don’t use social media. People can’t take jokes and context doesn’t hold up over time.

    If a stink had been raised about her comments 4/5 years ago, likely she’d have apologized then based on the fact she didn’t have a problem apologizing for them years later. Cam’s ego is apparently too large to let him apologize even to save himself the drama and millions in endorsements.

  52. If I kill somebody, and then apologize for it, is it still considered murder? Do I still have to go to jail? Is the dead person’s family going to love me? Forget apologies. God is the only one I have to answer to. All these people want to play God.

  53. People need to learn how to delete stuff. Social media WILL forget that 5 year old [imbecilic] tweet IF you deleted it.

    No excuse for joking about racism – it says a great deal about her and her family.

  54. @Charlie: Using extreme metaphors to prove a point only proves ignorance. The consequences of the action have a considerable influence over the reparations needed to rectify the offense. Murder is one of those things that is hard to rectify no matter the reparations. Hurting someone’s feelings by sticking your foot in your mouth is in the 10 second apology reparation category.

    Also, apologies may not receive forgiveness, that wasn’t the point. The point is, he could have saved himself all kinds of headaches, and money, had he just swallowed his pride….if you were asked to give a 10 second apology in exchange for 10 million dollars, would you still hold to your view about only answering to GOD? Doubt it.

  55. America’s built on 2nd chances? not if you said something racist 5 years ago or more..ask Paula Dean. Everyone else is perfect though? I’ve heard so many other’s use the word “cracker” like it was nothing. Isn’t that racist too??? We’ve “all” said stuff we regret…lets move on.

  56. ktoast says:
    October 5, 2017 at 1:32 pm
    America is literally the only country in the world where stories such as these continue to dominate news headlines.

    It gets scarier every month!

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