After causing an uproar for a sexist comment directed at a reporter, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton issued an apology for his statement.
On Wednesday, Newton responded to a question posed by The Charlotte Observer sports reporter Jourdan Rodrigue with “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.” The comment drew immediate public backlash and lost him at least one sponsor.
Rodrigue later posted on Twitter, “I don’t think it’s ‘funny’ to be a female and talk about routes. I think it’s my job.”
On Thursday, Newton posted a video to Twitter apologizing for his comment, according to NFL. “I understand my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women,” he said, adding that it wasn’t his intention to insult women.
Newton said he owned up to the irresponsibility of his comment given his wide platform, adding, “I’m a father to two beautiful daughters, and at their age, I try to instill in them that they can do and be anything that they want to be.”
The quarterback admitted that “the joke was really on me” after countless fans criticized him for the comment and yogurt company Dannon announced it was ending its sponsorship with him..
In a statement announcing the company’s decision to drop Newton, Michael Neuwirth, Dannon’s senior director of external communication, said the company was “shocked and disheartened” by the football player’s language, describing it as inconsistent with the company’s commitment to fostering inclusive environments. “It’s simply not okay to belittle anyone based on gender,” Neuwirth said, according to the Washington Post.
Newton also earned the ire of another sponsor, SCR888, although they did not let him go, as well as others in the world of journalism and football. Gatorade said the comments were “objectionable and disrespectful to all women,” according to the Washington Post. The footballer has been known to use Gatorade during training as well as take creatine supplements to help boost his performance.
“To the young people who see this, I hope that you learn something from this as well. Don’t be like me. Be better than me,” Newton said at the end of his video. “To the reporters, to the journalists, to the moms, super moms, to the daughters, the sisters and the women all around the world, I sincerely apologize and hope that you can find the kindness in your heart to forgive me.”
In response to Newton’s comment, the Twitter account @ThemightyERock posted a video of a young Philadelphia Eagles fan showing Newton that she, too, could discuss routes. After going through a number of classic football routes, the young girl held up her charts and said, “Cam, if you forget any of these, the Eagles are going to show you on Thursday night football.”
In a turn of events, Charlotte Observer reporter Rodrigue was forced to issue her own apology Thursday through the paper after internet sleuths uncovered tweets she had written and retweeted in 2012 and 2013 while she was in college that appeared to condone racism. One post she retweeted used the n-word, while two posts she made alluded to her father making racist jokes as they drove through “Navajo land.”
“He’s the best. Racist jokes the whole drive home,” she tweeted in August of 2012.
In her apology, Rodrigue said “There is no excuse for these tweets and the sentiment behind them. I am deeply sorry and apologize.”
Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested in Washington D.C following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, according to the Associated Press’ Howard Fendrich (via the Washington Post).
Both men were charged with disorderly affray, which is described as fighting in a public place.
According to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner, a verbal altercation broke out between the two that escalated into a physical fight that took place on the sidewalk.
Robinson was transported to a hospital following the fight with Mills and upon his release he was taken to to department’s 2nd District station where Mills was detained.
Mills and Robinson were “involved in a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation on the sidewalk adjacent to the Opera Night Club” in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to the police report.
Both teams have since responded, with the Wizards essentially parting ways with Robinson due to the incident.
“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend him a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season,” the Wizards said in a statement.
The Eagles issued a statement saying that they are “aware of the situation” and “continuing to gather more information.”
NFL Week 8: Eagles-Jaguars Preview
NFL Week 8: Eagles-Jaguars Preview
Its week 8 in the NFL and the Eagles and Jaguars are going to kickoff Sunday across the pond. For the Philadelphia Eagles, this is their first time in the United Kingdom. As for the Jacksonville Jaguars, they are in London for the sixth time since the NFL started the London series back in 2007.
For Carson Wintz and the Philadelphia Eagles, the today’s game is a must win if they want to keep pace against the Washington Redskins in the NFC East. Last week, the Eagles were defeated by Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers by a score of 21-17.
Here is a list of who is and who’s not playing in today’s game in London.
- OT Matt Pryor
- OT Jordan Mailata
- RB Darren Sproles
- QB Nate Sudfeld
- LB Nate Gerry
- DB Corey Graham
- CB Sidney Jones
- DT Haloti Nagata (Active)
For the “home team” Jacksonville, the Jaguars are playing in their sixth straight game in London. Their first game was back in 2013. As for the 2018 Jacksonville Jaguars team, they are entering today’s game with a 3-game losing streak.
Here are players who will not be playing in today’s game in London.
RB Leonard Fournette
TE James O’Shaughnessy
- DT Eli Ankou
- CB A.J. Bouye
- DB D.J. Hayden
- DE Dawuane Smoot
- DB Tyler Patmon
How will Nick Foles injury impact the Eagles backup QB position?
Last night, the preseason continued as the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles traveled to New England to face Tom Brady & the Patriots.
With Patriots quarterback Tom Brady playing the entire first half, helped the Patriots rack up some major points. Long story short, the New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 34-20.
For Eagles fans, the losing a preseason game is not the only thing they lost during the game. Thanks to Patriots player Adrian Clayborn injured backup quarterback Nick Foles throwing arm on a strip sack for a touchdown.
Up until the injury, Foles went 9/3, 44 yards. Reports are that it is a solder strain and at the moment he’s day-to-day.
The Philadelphia Eagles third preseason game is in Cleveland this Thursday on FOX. Make sure you check your local listings.
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