On Wednesday, Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton wandered off course and found himself in the middle of a PR nightmare.
During an interview, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer fed Newton a pretty easy question. She said: “I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well. Devin Funchesshas seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards. Does that give you a little bit of enjoyment to see him kind of truck-sticking people out there?”
Instead of answering her, Newton laughed and remarked that it was “funny to hear a female talk about ‘routes’.”
Afterwards, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy was also forced to issue and official response, saying:
“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.”
Newton also issued his own apology on Thursday night; but, by then, the damage had already been done. The media had already piled on and the QB had been dropped as the spokesman for Oikos brand Greek yogurt.