On Wednesday, Cam Newton stood before several reporters to discuss player improvements and expectations for the remainder of the season. During the press conference, Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue, asked the quarterback about wide receiver Devin Funchess’ routes. In turn, Newton smirked and said, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes,” as he laughed.
Newton’s remark gained widespread criticism, as many believed his statement was sexist and wrong. Following the exchange, Rodrigue took to Twitter to condemn Newton for his statement, saying, “I don’t think it’s “funny” to be a female and talk about routes. I think it’s my job.”
Amid the firestorm surrounding Newton’s comments, a few Twitter users used the opportunity to further bash Newton for his actions. Some users dug into Newton’s past, bringing up his short criminal history from his college days. However, in turn, several Twitter users sifted through Rodrigue’s old tweets to find a flaw.
“The earth moves at 450+ mph that’s 10 times triller than NASCAR Dale Earnhart’s a b*tch n*gga,” Rodrigue wrote in a tweet from 2013. In other tweets, Rodrigue said she’d been enjoying racist jokes from her father as they drove through Navajo country.
As a result, Rodrigue was forced to issue an apology for her offensive remarks, however many were not amused.
“I apologize for the offensive tweets from my Twitter account 4/5 years ago,” she said. “There is no excuse for these tweets and the sentiment behind them. I am deeply sorry and apologize.”
What are your thoughts?