Newton sparked outrage on Wednesday after making a seemingly sexist comment to Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue. Rodrigue, who's been covering the team for a year, tweeted, "I don't think it's "funny' to be a female and talk about routes".
The apology came too late for sponsor Dannon, which makes Oikos yogurt and said it found his comments sexist and disparaging to women. And to be honest, that was not my intention. After insisting that this wasn't at all what he intended, Newton essentially disowns his own culpability, adding, "If you were a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you".
Even worse, for Newton to think that a female covering the Panthers for a year might not be watching some of the routes his receivers ran just implies a level of hubris and ignorance to his surroundings. I realize that the joke's really on me...
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The "you know, I think real boys fall on the football" line is absolutely savage. "I personally have always been treated like a member of the media in a friendly manner", said McIntyre.
In Rodrigue's old tweets, which she made while in college, she made light of racist remarks made by others and retweeted a racial slur. The tweets were first reported by BlackSportsOnline.com.
He hasn't directly apologized to Rodrigue.
Her father, who goes under the name "EROCK" on Twitter, said they shared the video for a few laughs and to talk a little trash before the Eagles visit the Panthers for a Thursday night clash next week. "I am deeply sorry and apologise", she posted on social media.
For chapter president Cassi White, she feels disappointed, but there is one positive thing to take away from this situation.