UPDATE: Cam Newton took to Twitter today to release a statement in the wake of his controversial comments yesterday:
"After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women. And to be honest that was not my intentions and if you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you. I'm a man who tries to be a positive role model to my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others. And I own…I take ownership to everything that comes with that and what I did was extremely unacceptable."
Newton added, "I'm a father to two beautiful daughters and at their age I try to instill in them that they can do and be anything that they want to be. The fact during this whole process I‘ve already lost sponsors and countless fans. I realized that the joke is really on me and I've learned a valuable lesson from this. And to the young people who see this I hope you learn something from this as well. Don't be like me…be better than me. And to the reporter, to the journalist, to the moms, supermoms, to the daughters, to the sisters and the women all around the world I sincerely apologize and hope that you can find the kindness in your heart to forgive me. Thank you."
The Carolina Panthers quarterback came under fire Wednesday for his response to a female reporter's question at a press conference. The Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue first pointed out that wide receiver Devin Funchess appears "to really embrace the physicality of his routes." She then asked if his progress gives Newton "enjoyment." The 38-year-old former league MVP smiled and said, "It's funny to hear a female talk about 'routes.' It's funny."
Newton then answered Rodrigue's question, saying, "Fun has come along, man. This is a big game for him, because of him being from Detroit. I know he wants this win extremely bad." Praising Funchess' "growth," he called him a "completely different player" than he once was.
After the Q&A ended, Rodrigue shared her frustration in Newton's comments via Twitter. "I don't think it's 'funny' to be a female and talk about routes," she tweeted. "I think it's my job."