Cam Newton CAVES in groveling video as first sponsor drops him like a rock for ‘sexist’ comment

Cam Newton is crying ‘uncle.’

The Carolina Panthers quarterback’s Wednesday comments to a female Charlotte Observer reporter has led to days of harsh scrutiny and even the threatened loss of a major sponsor, and now he’s finally decided to ‘confess’ and apologize profusely for his ‘sins.’

The question is, will he be forgiven?

“After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women,” Newton said. “I’m a man who tries to be a positive role model in my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others. And I own––I take ownership to everything that comes with that, and what I did was extremely unacceptable.”

“To the daughters, the sisters, and the women all around the world,” the Panthers QB concluded, “I sincerely apologize and hope that you can find the kindness in your heart to forgive me. Thank you.”

Newton set off a media firestorm on Wednesday when he responded to Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue’s question about wide receiver Devin Funchess embracing the “physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards” with a smile and a “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes — it’s funny.”

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Rodrigue herself expressed her dissatisfaction with Newton’s comments via Twitter:

https://twitter.com/JourdanRodrigue/status/915682599326162945

Dannon Yogurt, a major sponsor of Newton, was not amused.

“We are shocked and disheartened at the behavior and comments of Cam Newton towards Jourdan Rodrigue, which we perceive as sexist and disparaging to all women. It is entirely inconsistent with our commitment to fostering equality and inclusion in every workplace. It’s simply not ok to belittle anyone based on gender,” read a statement from a Dannon spokesman.

Newton hasn’t been entirely dropped, but has been “shelved” for now. ESPN reports that Newton will remain under contract, but existing advertising using the QB’s likeness has already begun to be pulled.

Will Newton’s apology bring forgiveness? Only time will tell, but things look good so far:

One can’t help but wonder how much ‘forgiveness’ would be available had Newton been a white conservative.

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