In an attempt to win back the support he lost after his questionable comments earlier this week, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sported a "Rosie the Riveter" button on his hat while boarding the team's Saturday flight to Detroit.
Cam boarding for Detroit ✈️ pic.twitter.com/8WPOc7zkTV— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) October 7, 2017
“Rosie the Riveter” was an image featured in a campaign by the U.S. government to recruit female workers during World War II. She has become a symbol of feminism and women’s rights.
Newton came under fire Wednesday for laughing at a question from Charlotte Observer writer Jourdan Rodrigue about receiver Devin Funchess and saying "it’s funny to hear a female talk about routes." Rodrigue was less than amused and said she approached Newton after the news conference to address his remark but claimed he didn't apologize.
Less than 24 hours later, Dannon distanced itself from Newton, who endorsed the company's Oikos Greek yogurt.
Newton eventually tweeted an apology Thursday in the form of a video that was nearly two minutes long, saying his "degrading and disrespectful" comments were wrong.
"To be honest, that was not my intentions," Newton said. "If you were a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you.
"I'm a man who tries to be a positive role model in my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others. I take ownership to everything that comes with that. What I did was extremely unacceptable."
The Panthers face the Lions at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.