Cam Newton's response to Jourdan Rodrigue's question.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton created a controversy with his response to a question from Charlotte Observer Panthers’ beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue on Wednesday. Rodrigue asked about receiver Devin Funchess embracing the physicality of his routes, and if Newton enjoyed seeing him hit people. Newton said “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes”, then further repeated “it’s funny” with a grin after a dead silence before then talking about Funchess a bit:

The full video is available here, with Rodrigue’s question starting around 6:40. Here’s the transcript of her question:

Rodrigue took exception to Newton’s response on Twitter:

And she received plenty of support from other female NFL writers and reporters:

Rodrigue also said she talked to Newton afterwards and “it was worse”:

Others weighed in to criticize Newton:

This is not a good look at all for Newton, and it brings up flashbacks of some of the spurious arguments against women in locker rooms that have been made over the years against reporters like Claire Smith. Rodrigue was doing her job and asked Newton a reasonable question. For him to be dismissive based on her gender is problematic, and it shows some of the issues women in sports media still have to contend with.

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  • Bragar

    Cam is 100% correct.

  • sportsfan365

    Are you sure you aren’t confusing Cam Newton with Jameis Winston?

  • John Danknich

    What a surprise! A vocal support of Saint Colin Kaepernick is revealed as a hypocrite. Just another holier-than-thou athlete who practices “Do as I say, not as I do.” And they wonder why no one takes them seriously! Betcha Scam won’t even get a slap on the wrist for this.

  • common_sense_is

    Cam Newton and I finally agree on something.

    • StoJa

      Way to set your bar high.

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  • Jeff Dudash

    Andrew, you said it was a “reasonable question”. Do you really believe that? Would you call it a “good question”?

    Turning it into a gender issue was clearly a mistake on Newton’s part, but I wonder if this was more of his dismissal of a dumb question and grabbing the first insult he could find, with “girls don’t know football” being the low-hanging fruit.

    It certainly doesn’t excuse his comment, but I do think it’s a dumb question and I can appreciate that athletes lose their temper when having to answer questions like these time and time again.

    1) It’s a yes/no question in which she isn’t looking for a yes/no answer.
    2) It’s a question in which the answer is obvious. Did she anticipate Newton answering “Nah, I don’t enjoy it.”?
    3) She uses the term “truck sticking”, which is a Madden video game feature for putting your head down fighting for extra yards. That’s just weird and overly colloquial for a reporter to refer to “truck sticking”.
    4) Does she really want Newton’s opinion, or was she just looking for a plug-and-play quote into her narrative around how good a day Funchess had?

    Clearly women can do just a good job reporting sports as men … but the issue I’m interested in here is how poor a job most reporters do across gender lines. These types of dumb questions aren’t unique to Jourdan.

    It seems to me the question could have been better phrased as “Devin Funchess appears to bring more physicality to the WR position. How does having a more physical wide receiver change the way you personally operate the offense?”

    Or: “What types of routes does a more physical WR allow you to run and how does that impact the Panthers’ offense?”

    I just have a feeling that she doesn’t get the “LOL. Girls talkin’ routes.” comment with either of those questions.

    • StoJa

      You’re just as bad as Newton. Telling her how she SHOULD be asking her question(s) yet saying woman can do just as good a job. As long as a man, like yourself, guides them along the way.

      • Jeff Dudash

        You aren’t very bright, are you?

        • StoJa

          Well I do feel dumber after reading your comment, so maybe…

  • Malibuwhitey

    You have to understand the dynamic here there’s allot of SJW sports bloggers out there who write these shaming articles not for the readers of the blog but for one another to prove they are virtuous. They show allot of jealousy of the athletes fame and what comes with it. This is their way of getting back at them if you notice they are always white and probably most of them were shunned nerds in high school.

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  • hm8404rt

    Cam Newton is one of the biggest d bags in the league but this is hardly newsworthy.

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