N CAROLINA – Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has landed in hot water after a flippant response he gave to a feminist sports reporter. When asked by reporter Jourdan Rodrique if one of his receivers enjoyed the way he makes passes at them, Cam sheepishly laughed and said, “It’s funny to hear a female talking about me making passes.”
Rodrique used the code-word “routes” in her question to Newton to “try to make it sound like I knew what I was talking about,” but Cam knew what she meant. “Does a dude enjoy when I make passes at him? What the hell kind of question is that anyway? How should I know? Who and when I make passes at people is my business.”
The misunderstanding has already been costly to Newton. The Dannon Company, whom Cam had been a spokesman for until yesterday, released a statement from their own spokesperson, Karla Blitzen: “Mr. Newton’s comments to Ms. Rodrique were sexist and must not be tolerated in 2017. If we were to continue using Cam as our spokesman, every time a male customer popped the top on one of our Oikos brand yogurt products, they would become sexists by association. We simply can’t condone that.”
Rodrique is herself under fire from the incident. First, from having to apologize for racist tweets she made 4-5 years ago and, secondly, from using the dog whistle term “routes” which is also a derogatory word these days, since many illegal immigrants follow routes to sneak into the country. She should be ashamed of herself.