Ron Rivera: Cam Newton made a mistake

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton‘s comment that it was “funny” to hear a football question from a female reporter on Wednesday has generated a lot of response over the last 24 hours, so it was no surprise that it was front and center at coach Ron Rivera’s press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Rivera addressed Newton’s comment at the start of the press conference.

“Cam made a mistake. I understand he had a conversation where he pretty much said he shouldn’t have said what he said. As far as I’m concerned, what I’d like to do is talk about getting ready for the Detroit Lions.”

Jourdan Rodrigue, the Charlotte Observer reporter whose question elicited the response from Newton, said that Newton did not apologize during a later conversation. The team released a statement saying that Newton “expressed regret” for his comment. Newton has not made any public statements since Wednesday’s press conference.

The majority of the press conference did focus on football matters, although there was a late question about whether Rivera had spoken to Newton directly about the issue. Rivera, who said he had spoken to the team about focusing on football, said that he’d made the only comment on the issues that he cared to make.

60 responses to “Ron Rivera: Cam Newton made a mistake

  1. The only “mistake” he made was showing his true character. Words that he “didn’t mean” didn’t accidentally fall out of his mouth. They were words he felt and meant.

  2. If he does say anything, it will only be because he regrets the reaction to what he said, not any regret for what he said. He had a chance to clear things up with a later conversation with the reporter and we are told he was worse. We do not know exactly what was said in that conversation, but many of us have no reason to doubt the reporter.

  3. So if I walk into Victoria’s Secret and begin to comment on the design and fit of their bras and the manager of the store smirks and says its funny to hear a man talk about bras…Would it be front page news?

  4. “I regret saying that” (and getting caught on-camera acting like my typical impersonation of a 5-year old and as we all know 5-year olds never apologize…..to a GIRL!). Well, Camster, you just cost yourself a few million in endorsements, but plenty to spare where that came from, right? I’ve lived in Carolina for over 25 years, and this self-centered “dude” is the reason I have trouble rooting for the Panthers. Thomas Davis, please loan this guy some class.

  5. Cam could have easily defused this. Instead he’s letting it snowball in the world of social media and internet driven outrage.

    All he had to do was issue a nice, quick apology and move on with his life. We certainly all make mistakes and say stupid things in our lives. We are all typically forgiven for anything that’s not outrageous when we say sorry, my bad, I won’t do it again.

  6. Luvvvin’ the boycott. All the scandals that made football difficult to watch are now enjoyable as the boycott continues to grow. we need someone to sign Kaeperenick to speed up the process.

  7. Rivera is right. Watching the video, it’s clear Cam had no bad intent. But he should apologize, because the comment does indicate a bias. The same is true for Rodrigue, IMO.

    We need to have a better, less-punitive conversation about why so many Americans have such a profound lack of respect for other people based on superflous characteristcs such as race and sex. And why, at this time in American history, there is a critical need for more respect all around.

    I hold no sexist views whatsoever, but as an older dude, I admit that I occasionally find it odd and mildly amusing when I hear a women talking about the details of football. You never used to see that sort of thing, no doubt because of strongly-ingrained sexism in sports and sports media. But no one wants to be on the receiving end of what is an obviously belittling response. Act like a professional, and we can keep moving society forward together.

  8. Ron Rivera: Cam Newton made a mistake

    Are you talking about his remarks or the fact that he didn’t jump on the fumble?

  9. Scroll down a bit on the front page and you’ll see that the insulted reporter published some racist tweets a couple of years ago. I wonder if Cam knew about that?

  10. not a Cam Newton fan but what did he say that he has to apologize for???
    everything said today is offensive to someone??? its hard to believe how everyone is so thin skinned. there is predjudice against everyone and everything in some form. so people need to lighten up and move on.

  11. “Hi Cam, Kevin Plank from Under Armour” “Sorry pal, but we’re gonna have to let you go!”

  12. Why are reporters even asking the coach about what Newton said? Belichick is the only coach who can control what his players say at press conferences.

  13. Newton is not some kid fresh out of school. He knows better, and he showed us exactly who and what he is. He is causing a distraction for the Panthers too. Not very bright…

  14. Clearly shows the utter contempt that arrogant and self entitled(pampered since high school)NFL players have for the public in general. Makes the decision to cancel Sunday Ticket the best one I have done in a long time.

  15. I don’t agree with Cam at all – not in the slightest. I really don’t. Having said that, why should Cam apologize if he was being honest? Is it mandatory that all men think women are equal to men when it comes to sports? All this PC is ridiculous…

  16. fballguy says:
    October 5, 2017 at 3:29 pm
    So if I walk into Victoria’s Secret and begin to comment on the design and fit of their bras and the manager of the store smirks and says its funny to hear a man talk about bras…Would it be front page news?
    —————
    Does anyone outside your friends and family even know who you are? I find it funny that you want to compare yourself to a famous athlete.

  17. nole53 says:
    October 5, 2017 at 3:21 pm
    Funny that the one person who hasn’t talked is….Cam.

    Cam Newton has, for the most part, been crucified by the media and keyboard warriors alike for the entirety of his career. What makes you think he is going to make any effort to satisfy your hurts feelings on this matter?

  18. peytonwantsaflag says:
    October 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm
    no, an interception is a mistake, this is a revealing (once again) of a character flaw.

    how are those in the America public going to go on with their lives knowing that Cam Newton has a character flaw????

  19. rugolin says:
    October 5, 2017 at 3:48 pm
    Clearly shows the utter contempt that arrogant and self entitled(pampered since high school)NFL players have for the public in general. Makes the decision to cancel Sunday Ticket the best one I have done in a long time.

    You canceled Sunday ticket and still spend time talking to strangers about the NFL in online threads?

  20. mackcarrington says:
    October 5, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Does anyone outside your friends and family even know who you are? I find it funny that you want to compare yourself to a famous athlete.

    ****************
    So it’s only sexist if a) it’s a male speaking to a woman and b) if the male is famous.

    Got it.

  21. The mistake was saying it out loud… the pathological problem is that he views women as things.

    Time to lwork on himself… with a new 1st quarter celebration.d

  22. Its going to be quite comical, after not giving Danny Trevathan a multiple game suspension for spearing another player, Newton will get 2 games for being a smart @$$zz.

    The League is stuck in perma-fail mode.

  23. all that was needed to squelch this issue was for Cam to have apologized when she approached him afterwards. she avoided calling him out in public and gave him the opportunity to correct the slight. Instead, he double down.

  24. give me a break people… So he’s a little sexist. Who cares? Most people are. He’s a football player. Since when do we expect football players to be kings of morality, anyway? Sheesh. I’m literally shaking my head…

  25. The guy is a jerk, and this isn’t the first time he’s demonstrated that. The mistake is for Rivera, who’s not a jerk, to defend him. Cam’s a talented athlete, but his coach shouldn’t try to recast him as likable. Since Cam hasn’t tried to take his own foot from his mouth, there’s no reason Rivera should waste time trying to remove it for him.

  26. maiphatdong says:
    October 5, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    this will become a lawsuit, mark my words pathetic
    —————

    I have marked your words as being pathetic.

  27. 345snarkavenue says:
    October 5, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    all that was needed to squelch this issue was for Cam to have apologized when she approached him afterwards. she avoided calling him out in public and gave him the opportunity to correct the slight. Instead, he double down.
    ——————

    What did he say afterwards?

  28. I agree that her question seemed a bit contrived, and perhaps “scripted”, but his response was so rude, dismissive, and misogynistic that it makes the structure of the question irrelevant. He was way out of line, he might have well said “That’s a funny question, who let you in here, little girl? Her old tweets are also irrelevant in this specific situation.

    Also, we all saw his true character in the Super Bowl loss during his “attempt” to recover the fumble. He’s a “me first” guy with an enormous ego. I’m only shocked that he would talk down to someone in the media, I figured he’d knew to keep the façade on for the press.

  29. I don’t care what NFL players say or do away from the field. I don’t care about their Political affiliation and I don’t care about their views on Societal issues.

    They are paid handsomely for their ability to entertain us. I do not look to them for anything more than entertainment. I disagree with Cam’s statement and apparent view on women, but we shouldn’t expect more of him. We shouldn’t expect the NFL players to be anything more than Football players. I care as much about his opinion on Feminism as I do about Michael Bennett’s view on Policing in America or Rob Gronkowski’s opinion on the sustainability of alternative fossil fuels.

    I don’t care because time and time again, many NFL players prove to have low moral character. Football players play football. Stop expecting them to be “High character role models” and stop being effected by other people’s views and opinions.

  30. He’s right. It is funny to hear that because we generally don;t associate women with football. They don’t play it. We don’t grow up watching them play it. They don’t really play it whether it be intramural, organized, high school, college, or pro. Spare me the outliers. So while it is completely understandable that in his mind it might trigger some sense of wonder or amusement, we live in a feminine dominated society on a mission of egalitarian equalism or bust, that doles out punishment for recognizing such differences. It’s a farce. There’s no such thing as equal. Never was. Just different. I hope he never apologizes for his own reactions. I saw ZERO intent to insult in his actions or remarks. It was actually a bit playful and self depreciating in that he seemed a bit embarrassed. So no, Cam, please do not placate the angry feminine imperative “mob” dominating our culture. THANK YOU.

  31. A sexist playing a sport that has lightly dressed women entertaining the crowds. Seems more like Cams just following the company line. At least the implicit line.

  32. What people are missing on this is that he was fully committed to his comment and fully believed it.

    You can coach someone on what to say but it’s tough to change what someone thinks. I used to smoke and still answer “no thank you” when asked if I want one, but trust me I still want that smoke.

    In this episode, Cam’s training on what to say was clearly overcome by what he thinks, and it’s tough to ignore that.

  33. I am no Cam Newton fan and find most of his act to be dumb at best but don’t come here day after day defending the creepy comments and behavior of the guy you voted for President and then all “Burn him at the stake” over this.
    Newton came off as a sexist jerk but football games are just entertainment and really have no direct affect on your life.
    If you are going to take a side or stand then at least be consistent.

  34. I don’t think belittling women as a black man is a “mistake”. I think it’s hypocritical and pathetic.

    This is why sometimes African-Americans look foolish claiming they want civil liberties, but they think it only applies to them as a minority, and not Hispanics, women, Asians or other minority groups in this country.

    It’s the same thing with the gay discussion. I’ve literally seen black people have an issue with gays, when their entire backstory in this country’s history is being discriminated against.

    Ugh.

  35. if Cam had used the word “rare” for a female reporter to ask a question about a type of route receivers run instead of the word “funny”…would he be taking all this flack?

  36. “all that was needed to squelch this issue was for Cam to have apologized when she approached him afterwards. she avoided calling him out in public and gave him the opportunity to correct the slight. Instead, he double down.”

    ————–

    Have we heard Cam’s account of what happened afterwards? Or are we just going off her version of the story as 100% fact without hearing both sides?

  37. In his customary QB role as ‘Face of the Franchise’ how much would it have cost him to have quickly (at least) faked a sincere & humbly enlightened apology?

    Think how much good will he would have scored both for himself & with further outreach to a growing segment of the NFL fanba$e …

  38. I don’t like Cam and find his ego and showboating annoying BUT what the hell does he have to apologize about, this PC sheet is out of control.

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