Report: Cam Newton “stunned” by media response to sexist comment

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Why was Panthers quarterback Cam Newton so slow to apologize after his sexist comment last week? He apparently didn’t realize what a big deal it was going to be.

Newton was stunned by the media reaction to his comments, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

It’s been clear from the beginning that Newton didn’t see what the big deal was about him smirking at a female reporter’s question and telling her he thought it was “funny” to hear her talking about football. Even after Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue approached him afterward to address it, Newton was dismissive. And as a media firestorm was ignited, Newton waited more than 24 hours before releasing his video apology.

Whether Newton truly understands that his words were wrong or simply apologized because he and his sponsors wanted the media firestorm to end we may never know. But in the beginning, he was caught off guard by how reporters reacted.

48 responses to “Report: Cam Newton “stunned” by media response to sexist comment

  1. When is an apology not an apology? When the person giving it was forced to give it to save endorsements!

  2. He still has some growing up to do. Unfortunately, some of these athletes are coddled and worshipped by hangers on and fans only because they can throw a ball and run with it. Nobody ever tells them NO and they get spoiled and really don’t learn and progress as human beings. Newton is not a bad guy. He’s a victim of being a worshipped athlete.

  3. One media response by Michelle Beadle:

    “Not to stereotype, but I hear a lot from white men on these topics. You guys have a lot to say how black people should feel, about how women should feel. I gotta be honest with you guys. Shut up and listen for 5 minutes. Like, you will never know what I’ve been through, what he’s been through. Just listen. God forbid, you learn something.”

    Could he be stunned at that media response?

  4. I genuinely don’t think he meant wrong by it. If you replace ‘funny’ with ‘unusual’ or ‘interesting’ it could be what he meant, like people say ‘that’s funny’ when they see something unusual. Probably would have been smarter to apologise sooner but I don’t think he meant anything malicious. To me living in England now, it’s still weird to hear our English studio commentators talking about football. I don’t think me saying that is racist but some might see it that way.

  5. For a guy who probably has a media presence nearly every day., you’d think he’d be somewhat media savvy at this point…

  6. The players are stunned….the NFL owners are stunned….the media is stunned….
    You know what rhymes with stunned? Done!

  7. It’s funny to hear a man issue an apology that was articulate, caring, and heartfelt. See how this works, Cam? Didn’t THAT sound sexist?

  8. Not a lot of women in my family or social circles can engage in an in depth conversation on football. The same is true for many guys on the in-law side. It would be funny to me to have them enter the conversations.

  9. NFL franchise QBs aren’t just sportsmen but are supposedly also leaders setting an example to their team-mates, the highly-paid face of their franchise, and ambassadors for their sport – they are followed constantly by the media and fans and so have to set an example.

    Additionally, many (including Cam) choose to further pump up their public profile by selling their public persona to make lots of extra money from sponsorships. Some like Cam go one step further and narcissistically crave constant attention/adulation by pounding social media and dressing outlandishly.

    And yet, somehow, Cam is surprised that being painfully sexist and then later very dismissive about it to a reporter would garner much attention? The guy is an even bigger immature clown than he looks.

  10. “Not to stereotype, but I hear a lot from white men on these topics. You guys have a lot to say how black people should feel, about how women should feel. I gotta be honest with you guys. Shut up and listen for 5 minutes. Like, you will never know what I’ve been through, what he’s been through. Just listen. God forbid, you learn something.”
    ***************
    It’s fun being a white guy. If I express my opinion people get upset “because I don’t know what it’s like”. If I don’t express an opinion than “I need to get off the sidelines and help make a difference”.

  11. This is one of those situations where if you want to take his negatively, you will. I guarantee had Charles Barkley said the same exact thing, the media would have swept it under the rug. I judge a man by his intent. And I did not see his intent as being negative. Maybe this is a cultural thing because the usage of the term female is not derogatory or negative.

  12. This was a big nothing. I listen to coaches and players on NFL radio, and they all say absolutely nothing. Total cliche speak. Is that what everybody wants?

  13. If he understood what he did, if he was smart, he would have apologized to her in person or via direct phone call. After that occurred he could have done the usual social media apology for all to hear. By doing just the video apology he was just trying to make the story go away.

  14. Of course he was”stunned” because the laptop stealing, money taking, former juco qb only cares about him. He spends more time deciding what to wear before/after a game than what he might say. By the way, some of what he wears is pretty cool.

  15. That’s because in Cam’s culture, they are raised to play the victim, even when they are the suspect. No accountability. No responsibility. No conscience.

  16. Why do we live in a world were truth is censored? It’s sad can can’t express shock that a female actually asked an intelligent football question. And I can’t stand can as a player with his over the top celebrations.

  17. rodgersrodgersheisking says:
    October 8, 2017 at 7:30 am
    I genuinely don’t think he meant wrong by it. If you replace ‘funny’ with ‘unusual’ or ‘interesting’ it could be what he meant, like people say ‘that’s funny’ when they see something unusual. Probably would have been smarter to apologise sooner but I don’t think he meant anything malicious. To me living in England now, it’s still weird to hear our English studio commentators talking about football. I don’t think me saying that is racist but some might see it that way.

    – – – –
    You must not have watched the video then.

    Don’t judge it by his words, judge it by his actions. He was laughing he entire time, similar to how you would laugh if someone you had no respect for asked you a technical question.

    So it wasn’t just a case of him accidently sayin the wrong thing. He was clearly intending to be disrespectful.

    Having said that, let’s move on! He said something stupid, issued his P.C. non-apology apology. He’s a football player. It’s not the first dumb thin a football player said, nor will it be he last.

  18. definitely a duumbass. wow what a stupid look on his face. definitely seeing the lions taking advantage of his stupidity

  19. I am stunned at how dumb he is. I honestly thought he was much smarter than all of this. In hindsight, I shouldn’t be surprised, he has done some pretty immature things in the past too.

    He can believe what he wants, right or wrong. I’m just surprised that he is not smart enough to realize how tone-deaf his comments are. His agent must be banging his head against the wall every time Cam speaks.

    If a future dollar burns every time Cam opens his mouth, did that dollar ever really exist at all?

  20. This surprised who? Dude has been an arrogant tool since birth probably. I still love to remember what a crybaby he was when they lost the SB. LMAO

    My 11 year old is more mature than that.

  21. What is more sexist, The commercial that was running by Dannon that basically say’s if you eat Dannon Yogurt cheerleaders will jump into your arms…or Newton’s benign comment. Dannon is wrong in this one.

  22. Those defending his comments are forgetting something.
    This was a female sports reporter. Not you mom or sister. It’s literally her job to know football.

    How Cam didn’t make that distinction is beyond me. I mean, why did he think she was there? To critique his fashion choices? (Well…….on second though, this is Cam, so maybe.)

  23. He is only stunned by the media reaction because the things he said and did are reflections of how he actually feels about women. He cannot understand why anyone else doesn’t see it the same way.

  24. really. All these comments, most hating CamNewton, about basically nothing other than hating. Is it so surprising a highly paid male doubted a woman about a male game/business? Lets all worry about this non subject.

  25. I don’t see why what he said was so bad. No matter how much they want to say otherwise, there are things men can do that women cannot…and things women can do that men cannot.

    Newsflash. Men and women are different.

    So he made a dumb joke. It was hardly worth all of this trouble. Our president says much worse on a daily basis.

  26. OldTime Football says:
    October 8, 2017 at 7:56 am
    Interesting how athletes are held to a different standard than the Hollywood crowd!

    —–
    I’m not sure why you’re so amazed. Team athletes literally wear jerseys that represent their city or state and thus the people that live there. Non team athletes and “Hollywood crowd” don’t. If you don’t believe me google the comments that came out of both fighters mouth leading up to the Mayweather McGregor fight. And for what it’s worth there is a hierarchy of accountability within both the hollywood crowd and athletes. Rock stars can get away with more outrageous behaviour than hollywood stars…..Non team sport stars especially those with little to no endorsement deals can get away with more than team sport players.

  27. “I genuinely don’t think he meant wrong by it. If you replace ‘funny’ with ‘unusual’ or ‘interesting’ it could be what he meant, like people say ‘that’s funny’ when they see something unusual.”

    Right but it doesn’t matter which of those words he could have used. All 3 infer that he thinks women know nothing about football and shouldn’t be asking “Super Man” questions at all. It was an unprofessional and demeaning act no matter which word was involved. Semantics don’t change that.

  28. I want a annonamous league wide player poll to be taken. Gotta pick 1 to be your teams QB. Cam or Russ……then display that front and center. We as fans will then have a good ‘feel’ for what the players like.

  29. theothertyson says:

    October 8, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Those defending his comments are forgetting something.
    This was a female sports reporter. Not you mom or sister. It’s literally her job to know football.

    How Cam didn’t make that distinction is beyond me. I mean, why did he think she was there? To critique his fashion choices? (Well…….on second though, this is Cam, so maybe.)
    —————————————————-
    This 1000 times over. Too many idiots who don’t understand the difference think they’re brilliant pointing out what their wife or girlfriend would do.

    No matter what your job is, would you find it “funny” or “strange” for a female coworker to ask you a technical question about it? Of course not. Stop the comparisons, they show how clueless you are.

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