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?
— Cameron 1 Newton (@CameronNewton) October 6, 2017
“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.”
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
Rodrigue herself expressed her dissatisfaction with Newton’s comments via Twitter:
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:
Good for Cam. We need more grace and fewer judges. I hope this is a teachable moment for him and a lot of people. https://t.co/vtfFKIQaFJ
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) October 6, 2017
Worth the wait. Sleazy politicians could learn from @CameronNewton .
THIS is how you apologize without READING from a Teleprompter. https://t.co/Edn56QkAfD
— LOONEY ! (@LooneyonFox) October 6, 2017
Takes a big man to apologize, so thanks for stepping up and owning your words @CameronNewton.
Err. Own. Learn. Adapt. Evolve.
— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) October 6, 2017
generally not into armchair QB-ing people's apologies but, that said, well said https://t.co/nQrh3AhQbs
— Michael Smith (@michaelsmith) October 6, 2017
One can’t help but wonder how much ‘forgiveness’ would be available had Newton been a white conservative.
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