Panthers are having “conversations” about Cam Newton situation

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If anything more happens regarding the sexist remark made on Wednesday by Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, it will happen at the club level.

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said during a Thursday media briefing that “conversations” are happening within the Panthers organization.

“I don’t want to anticipate the league stepping in here,” Lockhart said.

That said, the league could do something, if it wanted to. Consider this portion of the Personal Conduct Policy: “We must endeavor at all times to be people of high character; we must show respect for others inside and outside our workplace; and we must strive to conduct ourselves in ways that favorably reflect on ourselves, our teams, the communities we represent, and the NFL.”

While most of the specific prohibited actions under the policy refer to criminal misconduct, the final entry represents a catch-all category that could, in theory, apply: “Conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity of the NFL, NFL clubs, or NFL personnel.”

“Everyone on this call knows the level of sophistication of our sports journalists,” said Lockhart during the media briefing. “Gender plays no role at all in that. The statement [from Newton] was just wrong, and the people on this call know it is wrong because you have first-hand experience.”

It clearly was “wrong” in the sense that it was factually incorrect; however, it also was “wrong” in the sense that it was inappropriate. Tracking the language of the conduct policy, Newton failed to show respect by saying that it’s “funny” a female reporter would ask about pass routes, he did not conduct himself in a way that reflects favorably on himself, his team, the community he represents, or the NFL, and he undermined and put at risk the integrity of the league and his team.

I’m not saying Newton should be scrutinized under the Personal Conduct Policy, but given the deliberate breadth of it he could be. Lockhart made it clear that, at the league level, Newton won’t be.

At the team level, he could be disciplined in some way. Whether that happens remains to be seen.

67 responses to “Panthers are having “conversations” about Cam Newton situation

  1. Maybe Dannon could work this into a new commercial where female reporters try to ask Cam a question and instead of answering, he just hands them a cup of Oikos yogurt and laughs at them.

  2. Peoples Republic of PFT says:
    October 5, 2017 at 11:40 am
    If Cam gets suspended under the Personal Conduct Policy, then does the league suspend Michael Bennett if it is confirmed he lied about what the Vegas police did & didn’t say?

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    Article 46, baby!

  3. “We must endeavor at all times to be people of high character; we must show respect for others inside and outside our workplace; and we must strive to conduct ourselves in ways that favorably reflect on ourselves, our teams, the communities we represent, and the NFL.”

    Why hasn’t this aspect of the personal conduct policy been referenced in regards to kneeling for the National Anthem?

  4. oh my god everything is out of control. was it a dumb thing to say, yes probably but not sexist. He’s played football his whole life. Everyone involved on every level was almost certainly male. Everyone he’s ever played with was almost certainly male (with the exception of maybe a kicker). Men play the game, men coach the game, therefore men ask detailed questions about the game. To me, its just an adjustment for him (and everyone else) to get used to women asking the same types of questions the more women are integrated into the game. Why is that sexist?

  5. I feel dirty watching the NFL. I used to love the NFL, it gets harder and harder to stay a fan. From Goodell, to the owners, to the bozo players, and all the way to the nosey, fake news creating media who JAM the same things over and over down your throat to the point where I haven’t seen a highlight reel of any sort and years. I don;t like anything really about the NFL aside from the sport of football itself but yet I keep watching.

    If things continue to move in this direction, I think I will join a ton of others and finally pull the plug on my fandom.

    God bless

  6. It’s annoying ‘pink’ month and one of the faces of the league is making sexist comments.

  7. Cam has insecurity issues. No matter how you slice this he was wrong and the fact that has yet to apologize will allow this story to gain a lot more momentum.
    He’s always been an odd character and seems uncomfortable in his own skin at times. Something is definitely off about this guy, mentally.

  8. What he said just proves that he’s not only ignorant, but stupid too. It’s ignorant to think what he said, but stupid to actually say it.

    He’s a buffoon and a heartless clown.

    Having said that, is this really something so important, so out there, that it’s the biggest story in the last 48 hours?

    Ridiculous.

  9. This is an absolutely ridiculous example of thought police. The NFL demands he talk to the press and then get annoyed when he speaks his mind instead of giving stock “ask the coach” answers.

  10. This is the most ridiculous “incident” to be outraged over, in the history of mankind. Get over it, move on. The NFL has FAR greater problems right now.

  11. Handle this internally & be done with it. Everyone knows Cam is an idiot, when he opens his mouth! The NFL has much more important issues with which to deal; however, they won’t as they don’t want to APPEAR racist or the least bit patriotic, ie, Bennett or the Flag!! They would rather let the ratings plummet! I have a feeling the reporter will handle this quite nicely, on her own!

  12. I mean, the comment was pretty stupid to say out loud, but it wasn’t “factually wrong” if he actually found it funny…

  13. Just have everybody wear some extra pink this month. No need to take any REAL action against discrimination and physical abuse of women is there? It is sooooooo much easier to have the players wear pink for 1 month and then fine them if they wear it at any other time.

  14. The league has actively concealed and done everything to bury multiple domestic violence incidents, yet they make this a national crisis.

    Hey NFL, maybe if you hadn’t hidden the Josh Brown situation, maybe if you hadn’t acted like Ray Rice did something that wasn’t particularly wrong, maybe if the other numerous abuse situations you did your best to cover up, your action on Newton’s statement would sound just tiny bit less hypocritical.

  15. It was actually a compliment and it does show how far women have come. It did not come across well at all, but he was giving her credit for asking a real football question. She could have thanked him for acknowledging she knows what shes talking about and everyone would have laughed and moved on. I think the reporter has handled it equally as poorly.
    Most reporters ask stupid questions. With him all I usually hear about is his shoulder, his outfits, or his post game behavior – none of which require football acumen. Hers was not just about routes, but very nuanced about physical routes. Most casual fans don’t recognize this kind of stuff. My daughter can routinely call plays out before they happen, recognize weak spots in coverage, etc. Even buddies that are football coaches are amazed. I never felt insulted when they are blown away because she is a cute blonde girl that can go toe to toe with them. One asked her to work for him when she graduates college. The President can say any outrageous thing he wants and is not held accountable, but Cam Newton is held to a higher standard. Welcome to 2017 ‘Merica. He should say it came out wrong. I am not a Panther fan and was very skeptical of Cam due to his poor choices as a college kid. I was raised by a single Mom. Come on man.

  16. Cam will blow up again, whether its on this issue or something different. He’s
    a tool and its like a ticking time bomb.

  17. As long as he comes out and says he didn’t mean for it to be offensive, everything should be fine. I mean that’s the defense of the kneeling for the anthem, right? They don’t mean for it to be disrespectful of the flag or military

  18. FYI the young adult white male audience which is the NFL’s biggest market absolutely 100% agrees with Cam Newton.

    You want to know what the NFL is going to do? Keep collecting their money.

  19. The conversation should be only about how many games he should be suspended for. The NFL needs to send a message that gender bias will not be tolerated. 6 games should send the message.

  20. The Nearly Finished League. The gift that just keeps on giving…..
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    Just ignore the annual record revenues, and I suppose that narrative works.

  21. Watched the video of the ‘incident’ and it seemed to me like Cam was more intrigued that a woman asked an actual football question. I fail to see how it makes him sexist.
    That word is tossed around as carelessly and casually as racist

  22. Maybe it’s time for a number of prominent black players to all come down with migraine headaches Sunday morning. Obviously, nobody feels their pain, but everybody wants them to feel theirs. NFL owners are withholding work from Colin Kaepernick for sticking up for black people who were being shot, but they expect Cam Newton to mind his manners? Cam Newton isn’t keeping this woman from working. In fact, he just helped launch her career. I’d never heard her name before yesterday. NFLPA needs to get off their butts.

  23. This guy is not a leader. At least Jameis Winston seems to have grown up since his college days, I was worried he was going to be Scam Newton the second. Scam just needs to grow up, he probably thinks he looks like James Bond with his tacky suits and childish acts but he really looks as big of a joke as Lebron.

  24. If Cam gets suspended or fined for this, then the NFL has officially lost it. What he said was inappropriate but not anywhere close to detrimental to the league. People are too soft.

  25. IF I were to say Cam was wrong or sexist, in todays world, I would certainly be called racist, however, this is dumb and WAY overblown! Fact: It does sound strange to hear women talk technical,about Football….leave Cam alone, my Broncos have already taken his dab away….

  26. Remember, the female reporter did not publish the OTHER things he said to her afterwards. I think she needs to and THEN I have a feeling we would all be saying he needs to be suspended. I think the reporter needs to provide ALL evidence of what he said or this will get swept under the rug because the fans don’t know the whole story. It’s the other comments we are not aware of that is what got the NFL involved.

  27. Here is the deal with this situation, is Cam stupid for making the statement – YES. Does he deserve to be disciplined by his team or the NFL – NO. Should women stop buying Dannon yogurt until they drop him as a spokesperson – PROBABLY.

    If Cam is going to take a hit by this it should be a PR hit that potentially translates into less endorsement money. But even an idiot has the right to free speech, and oh by the way he didn’t just say “I am here so I don’t get fined”; which probably would have served him better in this instance.

  28. I’m absolutely no Newton fan. In fact, I pretty much hate the guy…and torn with the thought of saying anything that could be construed to be in his defense. But, even I have to admit that what they are complaining about is pretty trivial. In fact, unless you are a hard core feminist…you just don’t care that he laughed about a question a reporter asked. It’s just more of the Political Correctness mindset that America has hates & is rejecting, proven again when we elected Trump. Seriously, find something worthwhile to write about…becasue America just doesn’t care. Never has, never will.

  29. Once again, as is happening more and more lately, I think this is being blown out of proportion. This type of comment reminds me of all of the other stereotypes that have been around for ages. Like being surprised if a female is super into video games (especially online shooters), a female knows a lot about sports in general, a male knows a lot about the beauty products industry, a male enjoys knitting, etc, etc.

    He was probably just thinking “wow, this chick knows about routes, that’s pretty cool and funny”. And it probably came out the wrong way or was interpreted the wrong way.

    Now I’m not backing Cam here or saying it was totally appropriate to say, but I think it’s being way blown out of proportion.

  30. Cam is a jerk. Vast majority of players are respectful to all. With that said, does this A-hole behavior by Cam really justify a full scale media event with hypocritical NFL HQ distancing themselves with a statement.

    Political Correctness has officially invaded the NFL culture.

  31. “Conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity of the NFL, NFL clubs, or NFL personnel.”

    You mean like kneeling during the national anthem? I am not a Cam Newton fan at all. His press conference after the Super Bowl was enough to indicate the kind of person he is. That said, if the NFL decides to fine or suspend Cam for this press conference while allowing players to kneel during the anthem (something the NBA forbids, by the way), then there is clearly something wrong.

    If they want to fine/suspend for both, I’d be ok with that.

  32. Everyone is overreacting to this. Newton’s not used to hearing women talk about the sport as it pertains to the technical nuances of individual player’s responsibilities. That’s all he said. That’s his experience.

    Let’s be honest – from the writers on PFT to the readers to the general public – how many of us *are* used to hearing women talk about football in this particular way? I would guess that very few of us are. That in no way implies we don’t think it’s appropriate for women to talk about sports this way, or that they’re any less able to talk about sports this way, or that there aren’t women who know much more about this than we do. It’s just a personal observation based on personal experience.

    Saying, “women aren’t qualified to do this” would be sexist. Saying “you know, I’m not used to hearing women talk about this” is not in any way sexist.

  33. charliecharger says:
    October 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm
    Maybe it’s time for a number of prominent black players to all come down with migraine headaches Sunday morning. Obviously, nobody feels their pain, but everybody wants them to feel theirs.

    Sorry but you have that exactly backwards. They feel that everyone should share their pain.

    So what’s your point? 2 wrongs make a right? Here I was thinking justice for anyone meant justice for everyone but clearly some folks are just keeping score.

  34. The strangest part of all of this is people are actually defending him. Why? Everyone readily admits he could have said it better, or shouldn’t have said it at all, but then immediately jumps into this grand defense over something stupid. When a person says something he should 100% not have said, we don’t have to try and justify and rationalize it. He’s an idiot, move on. No reason to make yourself seem just as dumb for no good reason.

  35. wahoo21 says:
    October 5, 2017 at 12:47 pm
    NFL defends the women but won’t defend the flag…..got it

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yup, they just think a bunch of guys ‘only’ risked their ‘lives’ to give their entitled players the right to disrespect the flag at will.

  36. Everyone on this call knows the level of sophistication of our sports journalists,

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    What? C’mon man. Anybody with a laptop can start a sports blog now and call themselves a sports journalist without any regard for objectivity, AP style, or even proper grammar.

    Oh, sorry, please don’t scrub me again.

  37. Watched the video of the ‘incident’ and it seemed to me like Cam was more intrigued that a woman asked an actual football question.

    That would sound great except she’s been there as a beat reporter for a year. She didn’t just show up yesterday and ask a question.

  38. .digilat7 says:
    October 5, 2017 at 12:10 pm
    It was actually a compliment and it does show how far women have come. It did not come across well at all, but he was giving her credit for asking a real football question…….. The President can say any outrageous thing he wants and is not held accountable, but Cam Newton is held to a higher standard.

    Do you have any idea why you are getting more thumbs down than Up?

  39. Not a fan of Cam at all but seriously? It was a laughable question to begin with as a good portion of these softball questions are. It’s her job but yes, he should be a little more mindful/professional even if he was taken back by the question. This matter does not deserve this much attention, apologize and move on. Nothing to see here.

  40. Dannon should do a commercial now with a bunch of women sitting around eating yogurt, watching that Panthers SB and have them laugh at the play where Cam does everything he can to avoid hopping on that fumble.

    That would be PRICELESS!

  41. “Dannon should do a commercial now with a bunch of women sitting around eating yogurt, watching that Panthers SB and have them laugh at the play where Cam does everything he can to avoid hopping on that fumble.

    That would be PRICELESS!”

    Lolz great idea. They should not only laugh but snicker about how cowardly he was on the play. That would drive him off the deep end.

  42. no suspensions for this. the nfl, and coach bigot rivera actually DEFEND bigoted comments as they proved in the josh norman incident two years ago.

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