Former NFL MVP Cam Newton is in hot water for his recent comments to a reporter on Wednesday.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy has since responded, saying Newton’s comments were “just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover this league. They do not reflect the thinking of the league.”
Jourdan Rodrigue, a reporter for the Charlotte Observer, asked Newton this question about receiver Devin Funchess and the increased physicality of his route running this year.
“Cam, I know you take a lot of pride in your receivers playing well. Devin Funchess seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards. Does that give you a bit of enjoyment to see him trucksticking people out there?”
And here’s Newton’s response:
“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.”
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Rodrigue said afterwards that she was just trying to do her job, and that she tried to confront Newton afterwards on the subject, where things apparently didn’t progress at all.
The Panthers have also responded:
“I have spoken with Jourdan and Cam and I know they had a conversation where he expressed regret for using those words. We strive as a department to make the environment for media comfortable for everyone covering the team.”
Newton has yet to respond to the controversy surrounding his comments.