In the video, Newton said his "word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful":
During his weekly availability with the media Wednesday, Newton said "it's funny to hear a female talk about routes" when Rodrigue asked about Devin Funchess' route running in Carolina's 33-30 win over the New England Patriots.
GQ's Jay Willis shared a transcript of Rodrigue's question and Newton's response:
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Newton's comments were "just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league," per Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera also said the three-time Pro Bowler "made a mistake," according to ESPN.com's David Newton.
The Charlotte Observer's Scott Fowler reported Rodrigue approached Newton after the press conference to allow him to elaborate on his statements and whether he believed a woman couldn't understand tactical nuances of football.
Fowler wrote that Newton told Rodrigue that she "wasn't really seeing specific routes when watching the game, she was just seeing if somebody was open." According to Fowler, Newton then said he should've directed his comment toward reporters in general.
ESPN.com's Darren Rovell reported Thursday that Dannon has begun pulling any advertisements that include Newton. Newton still has an endorsement deal with the company, though.