American footballer accused of sexism following response to a female reporter’s question

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been accused of sexism after comments made to Panthers beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue.

Rodrigue asked Newton a question about the routes of one of his receivers following a practice session, to which Newton initially replied: “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes, like, it’s funny.”

A route is a pattern of movement that a receiver will use to get on the end of a pass.

Newton went on to answer the question before the press conference moved on, but Rodrigue and others were clearly not happy with the 28-year-old’s reaction.

And Rodrigue clarified that she had spoken to Newton afterwards, tweeting: “I spoke with him after and it was worse.”

According to a statement from Rodrigue issued to NFL Network Insider’s Ian Rapoport, Newton did not apologise.

Many took issue with Newton’s comments, which represent a frustrating element of the wider world of sports.

Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond issued a statement as well, which said that Newton had “expressed regret for using those words”.

The NFL’s statement on the subject read: “The comments are just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league. They do not reflect the thinking of the league.”

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