NFL player issues apology for disrespecting female sportswriter

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NFL quarterback Cameron Newton claims to have seen the error of his ways regarding a remark he made to a female sportswriter on Wednesday, which sparked outrage among those who strictly adhere to political correctness.

“After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women,” the Carolina Panthers player said in a video he posted on his Twitter account. “To be honest, that was not my intention. And if you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you.”

Newton stepped in it when he expressed his surprise at hearing Jourdan Rodrigue, a female sportswriter with the Charlotte Observer, ask him an insightful question about the team’s passing game.

“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes,” Newton commented, chuckling. “It’s funny.”

Immediately after he uttered the words, Newton was accused of being disrespectful to the female reporter. The NFL tried to soften the blow later in the day, coming out with a statement that did not condone Newton’s unfortunate comments, calling them “just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league.”

However, the backlash was so harsh that on Thursday, yogurt maker Dannon announced that it was ending the star’s contract with the company. And then another sponsor, Gatorade, came out with a statement saying that Newton’s comments were “objectionable and disrespectful to all women.”

On Thursday, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart told reporters that they still haven’t decided if the league or the Panthers should discipline the 28-year-old Newton for the incident.

Rodrigue, 25, had a private word with Newton right after the comment, but she claims she did not receive a direct apology from him at the time.

On the other hand, Rodrigue issued an apology of her own on Thursday, the Charlotte Observer reported, after reports surfaced that she used a racial slur in Twitter posts she wrote while still a college student, several years ago. The tweets were first reported by BlackSportsOnline.com.

Newton’s fans have pushed back on social media, saying that the quarterback, who was expected to be in the Panthers’ lineup for the team’s game Sunday against the Detroit Lions, was being treated unfairly.

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