— Cameron Newton (@CameronNewton) October 6, 2017
Cam Newton is sorry for making a sexist remark to a Charlotte Observer reporter.
The Carolina Panthers quarterback uploaded a video onto his social media profiles expressing remorse for belittling writer Jourdan Rodrigue.
“I understand my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women. And to be honest, that was not my intention,” Newton said in the video. “And if you are 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. And I take ownership to everything that comes with that. What I did was extremely unacceptable.”
At a Wednesday press conference, Newton laughed off a question by Rodrigue when she asked about “running routes.” His response spurred a nationwide backlash.
Dannon Yogurt severed ties with Newton as a sponsor Thursday as a result of the Pro Bowl’s comments, which he addressed in his apology video.
“The fact that during this whole process I have already lost sponsors and countless fans, I realized that the joke is really on me,” Newton said, adding that he’ll learn from this experience.”
“I’ve learned a valuable lesson from this,” Newton said. “To the young people who see this, I hope you learned something from this as well. Don’t be like me, be better than me.”
Ironically, Rodrigue, too, was saying sorry for things she once said on Thursday. Black Sports Online unearthed old tweets of her laughing at racist jokes and using the N-word, promptly leading to the 25-year-old asking for forgiveness.
“I apologize for the offensive tweets from my Twitter account from 4/5 years ago,” Rodrigue tweeted. “There is no excuse for these tweets and the sentiment behind them. I am deeply sorry and apologize.”
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) October 5, 2017