UPDATE: Just doing my job, says female reporter after Cam Newton laughs at her question--on receiver routes
By Steven Kutz, MarketWatch , Rachel Koning Beals
NFL says comments 'just plain wrong'
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Wednesday laughed at Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue who asked about one of his teammates, saying it was "funny to hear a female" ask this particular question. It was about wide receiver Devin Funchess embracing the physicality of routes and how Newton felt about it, ESPN and other news outlets reported.
The exchange extended to a post-press conference one-on-one and, of course, played out in social media.
Rodrigue, with the backing of her paper's coverage and commentary on the exchange (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article177107336.html), said it's all in a day's work, but she was disappointed.
"Newton said she wasn't really seeing specific routes when watching the game, she was just seeing if somebody was open," the Observer reported. "She argued that he didn't know what she saw nor how hard she had studied football, and that maybe the two of them needed to have a deeper conversation."