As a reporter with the Boston Globe, Visser was first assigned to cover the New England Patriots more than four decades ago, before female reporters were even allowed in locker rooms.
She was at the forefront of a generation of women who challenged team and league rules, fought for access and fair treatment. The bigger picture is society has really come around to understanding that Cam Newton was in the wrong.
In many ways, Newton’s remarks felt like they came from a different time and place. That’s really a huge leap from where I started, where there wasn’t even a ladies’ room.” Cindy Boren contributed to this report.
“I am hoping that this is attributed to Cam Newton’s youth and that in years to come he will see how ill-founded his comment was,” Visser said.
“We are shocked and disheartened at the behavior and comments of Cam Newton towards Jourdan Rodrigue, which we perceive as sexist and disparaging to all women,” Michael Neuwirth, senior director of external communication, said in an email.
“It is entirely inconsistent with our commitment to fostering equality and inclusion in every workplace.
The Dannon statement noted the company perceives Newton's comments as "sexist and disparaging to all women. It's simply not ok to belittle anyone based on gender.
We have shared our concerns with Cam and will no longer work with him." Newton hasn't issued an apology.
We have shared our concerns with Cam and will no longer work with him.” Gatorade, the sports drink company he endorses, issued a statement condemning the remarks but did not drop Newton from its roster of athletes.The NFL released a statement on Wednesday saying that Newton's response to the question was "just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league." But it doesn't appear there will be any punishment handed out to Newton."I think there are conversations going on at the club level with the appropriate people, with the Panthers," NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said in a conference call Thursday.It's funny." He then added that the wide receiver “Fun is coming along, man.This is a big game for him." Rodrigue tweeted afterward that "I don't think it's 'funny' to be a female and talk about routes.
“Because for the 40 years that I have covered the NFL, the first 15 years were people agreeing with Cam Newton.” The backlash against Newton intensified Thursday, one day after Jourdan Rodrigue, the Panthers’ beat reporter for the Charlotte Observer, innocuously asked Newton a question about one of the team’s receivers, referencing the “physicality of his routes.” Newton smirked and responded, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about ‘routes.’ ” [Jenkins: ‘I’ll tell him how babies get born, if he will tell me how to turn on a car.’] After he was dropped earlier in the day by one of his sponsors, Newton issued a video apology Thursday night, saying “my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful toward women.” “To be honest, that was not my intention,” he said, “and if you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you.” He acknowledged he lost “sponsors and countless fans,” adding that he’s “learned a valuable lesson through all of this.” [Watch: Newton apologies for his remarks] Newton had drawn a sharp rebuke from journalism circles, and a league spokesman said his comments were “just plain wrong and disrespectful.” “They do not reflect the thinking of the league,” Brian Mc Carthy said.