An NFL player is in hot water, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with the national anthem.
This time, the PC-Police are responding en masse to some, shall we say, less than feminist comments Cam Newton made to a female reporter.
During a Wednesday post-practice press conference, Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked the Carolina Panthers quarterback about wide receiver Devin Funchess embracing the “physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards.”
Before commenting on Funchess, Newton cracked a smile and let the words in his head somehow cross his lips: “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes — it’s funny.”
It's funny to hear Cam Newton, who ranks 25th in the NFL in total QBR (43.3), talk about routes. pic.twitter.com/AhLvUokS6z
— Jackie Bamberger (@jackie_bam) October 4, 2017
Yep, that just happened.
ESPN is so pissed Cam Newton is black. Otherwise this would be two months of white privilege stories.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 4, 2017
We can certainly be thankful for THAT!!
An offended Rodrigue shared her thoughts via Twitter shortly thereafter:
She then suggested that Newton managed to dig an even bigger hole for himself in a later private conversation.
Are we really gonna criticize Cam Newton for saying “it’s funny to hear a woman talk about routes”. Are we that soft?
— Reagan Wright (@Reagan1313) October 4, 2017
Duh! What kind of question is that? It’s Current-Year!!
Cue the fake moral outrage:
uh oh cam Newton pic.twitter.com/zVuMmoHWwz
— Tony X (@soIoucity) October 4, 2017
Ladies – do not feel forced into defending our sports knowledge. This is on Cam Newton – NOT ON US. Unacceptable in 2017 to go back to this
— Laura Okmin (@LauraOkmin) October 4, 2017
Every female sports reporter has encountered a neanderthal like Cam Newton over the course of her career. They go low. We go high.
— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) October 4, 2017
Needless to say, Cam Newton looks like a bigger clown than ever today.
— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 4, 2017
— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) October 4, 2017
Some took digs at Newton that were actually pretty funny:
You know what was really funny? Watching Cam Newton lose the Super Bowl. https://t.co/ZlKSH2eHjs
— VF (@TheVFCastro) October 4, 2017
— Bridget Condon (@BridgetCondon_) October 4, 2017
I’m not a pro like Cam, but I do sit on the couch and watch a lot of football, so maybe I can help. You see, the vast majority of females I know have absolutely zero interest in football or sports in general. There are exceptions, of course, but statistically the majority of women are simply interested in other things. However, plenty of the opposite sex, including and especially female reporters, probably know a lot more about football than me and likely are fully capable of “talking about routes” with pros like Cam. However, the exceptions can stand out because of the general ‘rule.’
Sure, Newton would have been wise to not let that one slip, but it’s likely not as bad as it sounds.
The Daily Caller’s David Hookstead put it this way:
How is what he said sexist at all? The guy has to listen to his alpha-male coaches talk about routes, breaks, anticipation, reads and leading the receiver every single day of the season. And remember, it’s not a conversation during practice. It’s usually the coaches yelling all over the field.
He then gets asked a very reasonable question by somebody he’s not used to discussing the topic with. Of course he finds it humorous. It’s not because he’s sexist. It’s because he’s not used to hearing it.
It’d be similar to if one day my mother came home and started talking about duck blinds and deer stands. Her comments might be legit, but I’d still chuckle a little bit because I wouldn’t be used to her discussing the topic.
Finally, the real question of the day comes from Mark Dice:
Calm down people – it’s a JOKE!
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