Cam Newton apologizes for response to female reporter

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Thursday night apologized via video on social media for what he called an “extremely degrading and disrespectful” choice of words in response to a female reporter’s question the day before.

The video came about nine hours after a spokesperson for Dannon Oikos Yogurt said the company no longer would use the 2015 NFL MVP in its commercials and advertisements and would begin pulling those immediately.

It also came after Carolina coach Ron Rivera said his quarterback “made a mistake” with his conduct.

Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton during Wednesday’s news conference about wide receiver Devin Funchess embracing the physicality of routes and whether Newton got enjoyment out of that.

Newton laughed and responded, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like … it’s funny.”

Rodrigue confronted Newton after the news conference, but he did not apologize, the reporter said in a statement Wednesday.

Panthers’ Newton laughs at female reporter

Cam Newton laughed at a female reporter

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