Sports reporter ‘belittled’ by Cam Newton busted for racist tweets on heels of his apology

The female sports reporter who said she was “belittled” by NFL player Cam Newton found herself on the other side of scrutiny when her own past came back to haunt her.

Jourdan Rodrigue had to offer up an apology on Thursday as some of her tweets from four years ago surfaced and appeared to be racist.

The tweets were made by the 25 year-old in 2012 and 2013, when she was in college.

Rodrigue’s  May 2013 tweet featured a quote she presumably liked from a Twitter parody account: “The earth moves at 450+ mph that’s 10 times triller than NASCAR Dale Earnhart’s (sic) a b—- n—-.”

Her other tweets were from 2012 and 2013.

(Image: Jourdan Rodrigue Twitter via NY Daily News)

Her apology coincided with Newton’s as he said sorry to the Charlotte Observer reporter and all women in a video message on Thursday.

The Carolina Panthers quarterback set off a firestorm of criticism when he said it was “funny to hear a female talk about routes” before answering Rodrigue at a post-practice press conference on Wednesday.

Rodrigue was offended and took to Twitter to vent.

Newton came under fire for his remark and, according to a later tweet from Rodrigue, he made things “worse” in a private conversation.

The controversy caused Newton to be “shelved” by sponsor, Dannon Yogurt.

The 28 year-old football player initially resisted issuing an apology but finally gave in and posted a video across his social media accounts.

“After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and hurtful to women and to be honest that was not my intentions,” Newton said. “If you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you.”

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