Carolina Panthers quarterback and racial injustice protester Cam Newton looked a little shaky on the matter of gender equality Wednesday.
During a press conference, Jourdan Rodrigue, who covers the Carolina Panthers for the Charlotte Observer, asked Newton:
“I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well. Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards. Does that give you a little bit of enjoyment to see him truck-sticking people?”
Before answering the question, Newton felt obliged to point out the sports writer asking the question was a woman.
“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like that,” he said. “It’s funny.”
Looking at the video below, it seems as if Newton expects the rest of the sports writers to laugh at his clip. No laughs are forthcoming, forcing him to then actually answer the question Rodrigue posed.
Still, Rodrigue admitted on Twitter that Newton’s patronizing remarks were uncalled for.
I don't think it's "funny" to be a female and talk about routes. I think it's my job.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) October 4, 2017
She said she talked with the quarterback after the conference, but apparently it had little impact.
I spoke with him after and it was worse. I chose not to share, because I have an actual job to do today and one he will not keep me from.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) October 4, 2017
Rodrigue is getting support from fellow sports writers ― male and female.
Tons of respect for the way Jourdan Rodrigue has handled this. Just a really backward and disrespectful comment from Cam. https://t.co/O0zir6EM02— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) October 4, 2017
To say that in response to a legitimate question for @JourdanRodrigue is so backwards and disrespectful to her and to women— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) October 4, 2017
Next time, tell him it's "funny" to hear a QB who completed <53% of his passes last year talking about concepts like Completion %.— David Seigerman (@dseigs22) October 4, 2017
Ladies - do not feel forced into defending our sports knowledge. This is on Cam Newton - NOT ON US. Unacceptable in 2017 to go back to this— Laura Okmin (@LauraOkmin) October 4, 2017
Newton’s comments were especially tone-deaf considering women make up 45 percent of NFL fans, a percentage the league would like to increase.
No wonder the team attempted to release this “make nice” statement a short time later:
Rodrique later explained what didn’t happen during the meeting: Any kind of apology from Newton.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.