It’s been almost a full day since Cam Newton decided to show the world he was a massive prick (AGAIN), and still no apology to reporter Jourdan Rodrigue or the rest of our gender, who he insulted.
Cam Newton: “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.”
— Max Marcilla (@MMarcilla98) October 4, 2017
ICYMI, this is what Jourdan asked:
“Cam, 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?”
And this is how Cam responded:
“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.”
He even laughed a little. You could also see him smirking while she was asking the question, as if it was funny that a woman was even allowed to speak about football at all.
It’s funny? Devin Funchess had seven catches that game that he could’ve highlighted, and his answer was about the fact that a woman was asking the question? Her gender had nothing to do with the question.
You know what else is funny? It’s funny to hear Cam Newton, who ranks 25th in the NFL in total QBR (43.3) talking about routes.
This isn’t even Newton’s first brush with public sexism. He called a female reporter “sweetheart” back in 2012 when the Panthers were 1-5. He’s five years older, but clearly no wiser.
Rodrigue was quoted as saying that Newton has not apologized, and she also wrote on Twitter, “I spoke with him after and it was worse. I chose not to share, because I have an actual job to do today and one he will not keep me from.” She’s a consummate professional, and he’s a little boy playing with a ball. Ah, sports.
As a female sportswriter and sports fan, this entire thing pisses me off. It’s so hard to be taken seriously in this industry. By virtue of having different body parts, most men assume I have no interest in or knowledge about the thing I do for a living. I shouldn’t have to defend my own mind and ability to do my damn job, but I’ve had to so many times. And I know I’m not alone. At a charity event this summer, I commiserated with two fellow female writers about the double standards and ridiculous treatment we receive in this world that we have chosen to be a part of.
Sports are supposed to be unifiers, bringing people together to root for something, to escape real life and feel like we’re a part of something bigger than us. Instead, women have to fight just to truly be a part of the game. Men want us to look pretty on the sidelines or in cheerleader uniforms, ask innocuous questions and flirt with players. They assume that we have nothing of value to say, and when we open our mouths and actual intelligence comes out, it’s met with shock, disbelief, and mockery.
Cam, you’re a sexist and a douche. It’s 2017, and while this country might be going nuts, most of us in our right minds have no plan to go backwards, so the kind of quiet, subservient, weak woman you’re clearly into will be very hard to find. The rest of us ladies would like to remind you that we are smart, confident, beautiful creatures who are better than you in every conceivable way. Fun fact: when you’re a gross sexist who mocks women for being good at their jobs, women won’t want to sleep with you. They definitely won’t want to bring children with your DNA into this world and create new little baby sexists. So when you’re washed up with these “glory days” of actually having people who want to hear what you have to say far behind you, just know that we “females” will still remember this. Don’t you know? Women never forget anything.