NFL star under fire for laughing at female reporter's question

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton smiled at a question from Charlotte Observer sportswriter Jourdan Rodrigue and said, "It's funny to hear a female talk about routes."
3:42 | 10/05/17

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We begin with the outrage over cam newton's comments to a woman reporter, the Carolina panthers quarterback laughing when she asked a legit question and Paula Faris has more. Good morning, Amy. You know, cam newton is one of the most popular players in the NFL but he often finds himself in hot water for abruptly walking out of a super bowl press conference or calling a female reporter, quote, sweetheart, however this time he laughed at another female reporter and this morning, no one is laughing back. He's a former league MVP known for avoiding defenders on his way to the end zone. Touchdown. Reporter: Playing in the super bowl and scoring big endorsement contracts like this one from Oikos. New Dannon Oikos triple zero is my go to snack. Reporter: But this morning cam newton is on the defensive after this exchange with a female reporter during the team's latest press conference. I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well. Devin Funchess seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and making -- getting those extra yards. Does that give you a little bit of an enjoyment to see him sticking peek out there in it's fun in I to hear a female talk about routes. It's funny. Reporter: That reporter, Jourdan Rodrigue, a panthers beat writer calling out his remarks on Twitter writing I don't think it's funny to be a female and talk about routes. I think it's my job. Newton immediately drawing sharp criticism for the comments many found to be sexist. Online and on the air. Ignorance and sexism. That is what we saw today from cam newton. Reporter: She said it dismayed me and those before me and who in similar jobs. There are more women in the sports media and that's where we are in this country so cam newton is completely out of touch. Reporter: In a statement the NFL said the comments are just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalts who cover our league. And the panthers tell ESPN that newton later spoke to the reporter and expressed regret for the remarks but rodr. Gue said I sought Mr. Newton out as he left the locker room a few minutes later. He did not apologize for his comments. One reporter in the room said there was dead silence after his response. Nearly half of NFL fans are women. It's perhaps their most important fan base and demographic. A narrative they don't need right now. Paula, you used to cover sports. I did. You have any similar stories. I covered sports for a decade and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately you hear this every now and then I was told women don't belong in supports or you won't make it unless you show your goods. Those were spoken to me. It's an unfortunate sentiment but not the majority sentiment which is respect from your colleagues, from the team, from the owners and from the players. But I think anybody, any player in that locker room who understands it's a job. It is a job. You're there and the qualifications -- the questions -- I don't want to be in the locker room for any longer than I have to be. The way that cam said it was in a way, well, how would you know? You've never played the game. I got to say, 90% of the reporters have never played the game either. The male reporters, so I think we -- myself I looked at it as someone who is trying to do their job who may understand parts of the game in a different way that I do. What's the countdown clock to cam's public apology? It's ticking. It is ticking. All right, Paula, thank you very

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