By Jeff Rosen | APSE President
Today’s sexist comment by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton toward a working female journalist is entirely unacceptable to APSE.
During a Panthers news conference, Charlotte Observer Panthers beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton how he felt about receiver Devin Funchess being more physical when running his routes.
Newton’s response, chuckling: “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.”
We stand with the Association for Women in Sports Media as an organization whose mission includes safeguarding fair and positive working conditions for all sports journalists. This is not representative of a fair or positive working environment.
Statement from AWSM. pic.twitter.com/P1fVi3KRsz
— AWSM (@AWSM_SportMedia) October 4, 2017
“The question Jourdan asked during the news conference was a good one, like countless other questions about football strategy and nuance she has asked in the course of doing her job. Cam Newton’s response was unfortunate and out of line.
“Jourdan’s work speaks for itself.”
APSE agrees wholeheartedly that Mr. Newton’s response was out of line.
And we ask for a formal apology to Jourdan Rodrigue from Mr. Newton and the Carolina Panthers organization.