Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is in hot water after saying a "female" sports reporter was "funny" for asking a technical football question about "routes."
Jourdan Rodrigue, the Charlotte Observer's Panthers beat reporter asked Newton what he thought of teammate Devin Funchess's recent improvement. Newton laughed off the question, apparently barely believing a woman journalist could have such a deep understanding of football strategy.
The reporter, of course, didn't think it - or Cam, himself - was very funny at all.
I don't think it's "funny" to be a female and talk about routes. I think it's my job.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) October 4, 2017
After being questioned on Twitter, Rodrigue says she spoke to Newton about his sexist commentary after the press conference, but that she chose not to print what he said because "it was worse."
The Observer released Rodrigue's official statement on the matter late Wednesday.
Newton, for his part, has not addressed the matter, or his comments, publicly. The Carolina Panthers released a team statement saying Newton had expressed "regret" for making his bizarre observation.
"I have spoken with Jourdan and Cam and I know they had a conversation where he expressed regret for using those words," the Panthers said. "We strive as a department to make the environment for media comfortable for everyone covering the team."
Female sports reporters across social media rushed to Rodrigue's defense, reminding Cam Newton that "females" have been covering sports for decades and that most of the women who handle football reporting are more than familiar with college and NFL routes - and just as capable as analyzing a player's performance as their male colleagues.
The NFL was also quick to respond, perhaps recognizing that, after the national anthem protests of the past several weekends, they can't afford to lose any more viewers.
"The comments are just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league," the NFL said in a statement to a major sports radio network. "They do not reflect the thinking of the league."
Frankly, women may have been the only viewers the NFL had left; it's not clear what radical feminists — who also rushed to Rodrigue's defense — will do now. Can "resisting" anti-Trump Women's Marchers really watch the NFL to express their dissatisfaction with a "fascist" regime knowing that sexism may, in fact, run rampant in the league's locker rooms?