Cam Newton Under Fire For Belittling Female Reporter: ‘It’s Funny to Hear a Female Talk About Routes’

This is NOT going to go over well.

During a press conference today, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was asked a question by Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue about one of Newton’s teammates. She wanted to know if Newton found it enjoyable that wide receiver Devin Funchess was embracing the “physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards.”

Let’s just say that Newton’s response left a lot to be desired.

“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes — it’s funny,” he said, before going on to talk about Funchess a little bit.

Needless to say, talking down to a female reporter in such a belittling fashion led to quite a bit or reaction and outrage. Rodrigue herself took to Twitter to offer her thoughts:

And she noted that she spoke with Newton after the presser and what he said at that time was worse:

Others also shook their head at Newton saying those words out loud:

Watch the clip above, via

UPDATE 7:08 p.m. ET — Panthers spokesman Steven Juston has issued a statement, via Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

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