In a video message on Twitter, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton apologized Thursday night for his comments Wednesday to a female reporter.
When Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton Wednesday about wide receiver Devin Funchess’ route running, the former league MVP smiled and said, “it’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.”
Carolina spokesman Steven Drummond said in a statement to The Associated Press that Newton had a conversation with Rodrigue after the news conference ended and expressed regret for his remarks. At the time, he did not apologize to her.
Drummond said the Panthers “strive as a department to make the environment for media comfortable for everyone covering the team.”
After Newton’s comments, he proceeded to answer Rodrigue’s question.
Mike Persinger, the executive sports editor of the Charlotte Observer, said Newton’s comments were “unfortunate and out of line.”
Earlier Thursday, Danon announced it would no longer use Newton as a spokesman.
Rodrigque made news, as well, Thursday when she reached out on Twitter to apologize for four-to-five-year-old tweets of hers that had racial overtones.
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