Cam Newton thinks it’s ‘funny’ to hear female NFL reporter use common football term

“It’s funny to hear a female talk about ‘routes,’ ” said Cam Newton, who is in his seventh season with the Panthers. (Bill Sikes/Associated Press)

Cam Newton is taking a lot of heat Wednesday, and with good reason. The Carolina Panthers quarterback exhibited blatant sexism in his response to a reporter’s question during his weekly press session.

Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer asked Newton this question: “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 kind of truck-sticking people out there?”

As soon as Rodrigue said the word “routes,” Newton began to smirk. The 28-year-old quarterback, in his seventh season with the Panthers, then told the assembled media, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about ‘routes.’

“It’s funny,” Newton repeated, before actually getting around to answering the question.

Plenty of folks, in the media and elsewhere, did not think there was anything particularly funny about the question, and certainly not about Newton’s reaction. The quarterback’s comments would have seemed ludicrously outdated, at best, if he were speaking to any

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