“They do not reflect the thinking of the league.” Let me just add this: I’ve been covering the Panthers for the past 23 seasons, and Rodrigue knows more about the subtle intricacies of football than I do.
For instance: I sort of know what a wide receiver’s “route tree” is.
“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes,” Newton said, laughing to himself and then repeating, “It’s funny.” He punctuated the remark with a couple of exaggerated smiles. I was in that room, which held about 30 media members, and there was dead silence when Newton proclaimed “It’s funny” – because actually it wasn’t funny at all. All Rodrigue wanted to do on Wednesday was her job, and instead she found herself in the middle of a social media firestorm.
After the news conference, Rodrigue wanted to find Newton and talk about what he said. The conversation, according to Rodrigue, was not taped but went something like this: She asked the quarterback if he really didn’t think a female could understand routes.
We strive as a department to make the environment for media comfortable for everyone covering the team.” What should have been forthcoming immediately from the quarterback, of course, was an apology. She said of Newton’s original comment to her question: “I was dismayed by his response, which not only belittled me but countless other women before me and beside me who work in similar jobs. Newton out as he left the locker room a few minutes later.
He did not apologize for his comments.” Women have regularly been covering pro sports for decades.
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera says that he is working to keep the team focused following the rash of recent events nationally and internationally, including Cam Newton's sexist comments, a shooting in Las Vegas and National Anthem Protests.
Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said later Wednesday afternoon via a statement: “I have spoken with Jourdan and Cam and I know they had a conversation where he expressed regret for using those words.This registry is designed to increase community safety and awareness.This information is meant to educate you about offenders in a county.Rodrigue isn’t interested in who is going to be singing at the Super Bowl halftime show.She’s interested in covering the actual Super Bowl. She gravitated toward listening to former players who were announcers since they seemed to know more about what was happening on the field.Cam Newton laughed at and belittled one of my sportswriting colleagues at The Observer Wednesday, and that is inexcusable.