Carolina Panthers franchise quarterback, Cam Newton, has put himself on the lengthy list of professional athletes who have stuck their foots in their mouth.
In a press conference Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Cam if he enjoyed watching one of his wide receivers, Devin Funchess, embracing the physicality of the routes he runs. Cam went on to say he found it "funny" to hear a female talk about routes.
Okay, so a few of things to unpack here. First, I'm not sure what year Cam thinks he's living in that he finds it amusing a woman reporter, whos doing her job, would be asking him about an important facet of his sport. Second, calling a woman a "female" is also a bit dated; as human beings, I don't think it is fair to call a woman the same title we would give an animal. Lastly, Cam should know better than to not think before he talks. When I watched the clip of the press conference, it seemed as if he literally blurted out the first thing that popped in his mind as the reporter was asking him the question.
Women talking football is not a new thing. Hell, in the last four seasons alone the NFL has hired its first woman referee and full-time coach. I get the times are changing pretty fast but dawg, get with it and watch what you say. I'm not sure when Cam will realize his star only shines as bright as they, the media, allow it to. He has a habit of thinking sh*t is sweet after a win and forgets what he looks like in a mirror when it is all said and done. He must understand he is not given the same leeway as his white counterparts. He'll understand when he sees the backlash from these latest comments. See the clip from the press conference here.
Malcom X. Bowser is a writer, curator, and founder of Urban X.