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Cam Newton Apologizes for Sexist Comments Towards Female Reporter

October 06, 2017 - 5:18 pm

Author: Brandon Golden

After an apology from Cam Newton earlier today (Oct. 6) and the loss of a sponsor, Newton can finally start moving on from this unfortunate situation regarding the sexist comments made towards Jourdan Rodrigue at the press conference held on Wednesday (Oct. 4).

Aside from all of the negativity surrounding the sexist remarks made by Newton, I see the brighter side of the situation. Newton made a mistake and is facing the consequences for the remarks that he made but the positive side is that Newton apologized. I understand that he made a mistake and I do not agree with the comments he made or is his initial intent; but he is only human. We all make mistakes and Newton is owning up to his right now, and it's time for us to let Newton get back to focusing on playing football and winning games.

Newton had this to say, “What I did was extremely unacceptable. I'm a father to two beautiful daughters and, at their age, I try to instil in them that they can do an be anything that they want to be.” The 2015 MVP also made a message for his younger fans telling them to not be like him but to be better than him. “I hope you learn something from this as well. Don't be like me. Be better than me” Newton said.

In the aftermath, so far, Newton has lost Oikos Yogurt as a sponsor, the company publically expressed in a statement how disappointed they were in Newton’s behavior and would no longer be doing business with him moving forward).“The fact that during this whole process I've already lost sponsors and countless fans, I realize the joke is on me and I've learned a valuable lesson from this" said Newton.

At the Wednesday press conference, Newton gave an offensive answer to a question asked by Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer whom asked Newton to comment on routes ran by receiver Devin Funchess. Newton replied with a slight chuckle saying, “it’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.” Then following up with another laugh and repeating that it was funny. Rodrigue later went to Twitter to voice her opinion saying, “I don't think it's funny to be a female and talk about routes. I think it's my job."

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