There is no way to sugarcoat this one, Cam Newton is an idiot.
Newton was in the middle of what was an uneventful, and by all means normal, press conference when a female reporter asked him a question that inexplicably raised Newton's eyebrow.
Panthers beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue, a female, laid the ultimate softball for the Carolina QB to smile, nod and maybe even toss in a "Yes" with this line:
"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 seeing him truck sticking people out there?"
Here was Newton's response.
Cam Newton: "It's funny to hear a female talk about routes"— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 4, 2017
Totally unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/CpHm7pTTqF
To say that in response to a legitimate question for @JourdanRodrigue is so backwards and disrespectful to her and to women— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) October 4, 2017
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.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) October 4, 2017
While the comment itself is inexcusable, and that he continued this afterward, the fact that Newton even just impulsively blurted that out without even thinking of the repercussions goes far beyond highly questionable.
Newton will undoubtedly address his remarks on a public platform, but the damage is done, and it's a very disappointing look for one of the top faces of the league.