Fans should forgive Cam Newton for his comments like they forgive reporter for her racist comments

by Angela Davis |@jerseygirlsport |@ladyadavis When Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton takes the podium in a post game press conference, usually the headlines surround what he wore, but this time, it's all about what he said. His response to Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue in regards to 'routes' made him chuckle and he replied,
It's funny to hear a female talk about routes like ... it's funny."
Well, that comment had Rodrigue confront Newton after the press conference. She said he didn't apologize, and then the firestorm came immediately after. Cam Newton lost some sponsorships, probably some fans, and then he issued an apology. Women everywhere were outrage, siding with the reporter for what many felt was Newton's obvious sexist remark. His comment was stupid, even if he only mean it in gest, but I don't think he meant any harm. Then, we found out the reporter ALSO made some stupid comments. Actually, she made some racists comments on Twitter and they were brought to light shortly after she came into the spotlight.

Then she had to issue an apology.
from espn.com In the tweets, she made light of others' racist remarks and retweeted a racial epithet. "The Twitter posts are regrettable and we wish they hadn't happened," Observer editor Sherry Chisenhall said. "We don't condone the posts or the messages they convey. We believe Jourdan is deeply sincere in her apology and regret about those tweets."
So while people are still angry and talking about Newton's comments, we need to also be talking about this reporter. She was offended by Newton's comments but sorry-not sorry about the blatant racist remarks she made some years ago? What role does that mindset now play in how she reports the news? You can't be both a feminist and racist. Pick one. While Newton clearly made a verbal fumble, I don't think it was misogynistic or intended to be harmful. Meanwhile, Rodrigue's comments were deliberate and without care. I do think his comments represent a very present mindset in what will likely always be a male-dominated space. So, yes, while we understand women have advanced in all areas, we have to be honest. Men are probably no more surprised that we can talk about routes than we are that they can talk about their emotional selves. The truth is when this happens we probably all take a minute to let it sink in. Cam just chuckled at the reality in front of him. It was funny, maybe, because it was true. What do you think?

Author: Jersey Girl Sports

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