Professional football quarterback Cam Newton came under fire on Wednesday after he appeared to dismiss a female reporter’s question based on her gender. During a Carolina Panther’s press conference at Bank of America Stadium, Newton was asked a routine question about offensive schemes by the Charlotte Observer’s Jourdan Rodrigue. Newton, in reply, appeared to condescend to the female reporter, saying: ‘It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.’ Newton then takes a pause before repeating ‘it’s funny.’

Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue said she felt ‘dismayed’ and ‘belittled’ following the exchange

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