The Carolina Panthers quarterback has already lost one sponsor from the debacle
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sent out a recorded apology on Thursday night for his “extremely degrading and disrespectful” choice of words in response to a female reporter's question.
“After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women,” he said in the video. “And to be honest, that was not my intention. If you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you.
Charlotte Observer journalist Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton Wednesday about wide the Panthers’ Devin Funchess embracing the physicality of routes.
”It's funny to hear a female talk about routes like ... it's funny,“ Newton responded laughing.
The backlash was immediate with one of his sponsors, Dannon Oikos Yogurt, saying that they would drop Newton and pull his ads immediately.
”I'm a man who tries to be a positive role model to my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others. I take ownership to everything that comes with that. What I did was extremely unacceptable.“
He added that the incident made him think of his daughters: ”At their age, I try to instill in them" that they can do and be anything that they want to be. The fact that during this process I've already lost sponsors and countless fans, I realized that the joke is really on me. And I've learned a valuable lesson from this. To the young people who see this, I hope that you learn something from this as well. Don't be like me; be better than me.”