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Why Cam Newton’s sexist remark to a female reporter is not funny

Over the years, Cam Newton has been outspoken about racial equality, but his comments today show he doesn’t care about gender equality.

This afternoon, Newton showed his colors when Carolina Panthers beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue asked him about wide receiver Devin Funchess:

“I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers playing well,” Rodrigue said. “Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards. Does that give you a little bit of enjoyment, to see him kind of truck-sticking people out there?”

That’s a perfectly normal question — a good one, in fact — but when Rodrigue said the word “routes,” Newton smirked and looked at the podium before delivering this response.

“It’s funny to hear a female talk about…routes,” Newton said, snarling on the last word. “Like…it’s funny.”

With a patronizing smile, he went on to answer the question, but the damage was done. Newton is facing a mountain of backlash on social media for his remarks, and apparently, his behavior was even worse when she addressed him afterwards.

The Panthers quickly put out a statement confirming that Newton and Rodrigue spoke and that he “expressed regret for using those words,” which she denies. After scrolling through Twitter, I’m certain that Newton does feel regret over the exchange, but not for the right reasons. His smug delivery of what he thought was a hilarious joke suggests he won’t change. Tomorrow, I’m sure he’ll do damage control and everyone will move on to the next thing to be outraged over, which is its own sad reality, especially because this is a very real issue.

Sexism is hardly a new problem, particularly for women who cover sports, and the fact that society isn’t past it in 2017 is unfortunate, but not surprising. Newton’s comments are a disappointing reminder that, for female reporters and women in general, there will always be men out there — whether it be players, coaches, or even colleagues — waiting for a chance to look down on you, doubt you, or in this case, laugh.

But Newton’s comments are also wrong. I’m hardly an X’s or O’s expert when it comes to football nor do I pretend to be, but thankfully, the industry is flooded with women who are, many who know more about routes than most male reporters or even Newton himself. I can think of two in our own backyard in Jen Smith and Christi Thomas. The only reason Newton found that question funny is because it was asked by a woman, which speaks volumes.

A few months ago, a man on Twitter dismissed my opinion about growing concerns over head trauma in football because I’m a woman, so therefore I could never understand the true value of football. That’s the most absurd argument I’ve ever heard. Are political reporters only worth listening to if they’ve been politicians themselves? What about people who write about space; do they have to be astronauts to understand? Why is it so easy — and important — for some men to belittle women’s thoughts on sports? Is it insecurity?

In many ways, it is an excellent time to be a woman in sports media. Now, more than ever, women are getting lead roles on major networks. Beth Mowins just called “Monday Night Football.” Doris Burke will be the first female full-time national NBA game analyst this season. Kara Lawson is now a primary TV analyst for the Washington Wizards. Just today, ESPN announced it has hired Katie Nolan, who will probably get her own show and podcast, and it’s about time.

But, in other ways, the fact that female sports reporters still have to deal with men questioning their intelligence feels inevitable. And it’s not funny.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

144 Comments for Why Cam Newton’s sexist remark to a female reporter is not funny

  1. Kevin C
    8:42 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Just as Jourdan felt disrespected and insulted by Cam’s ignorant comment…and rightfully so…I’m equally insulted that KSR/Mrs. T.T. felt it was necessary to point out how/why it isn’t funny.

    Where are all of the articles slamming our “President” for the various stupid, insensitive remarks he makes, on a daily basis? Are you simply afraid of him, or is it just easier and more convenient to jump on the slower-moving bandwagon, than it is to step in front of the self-proclaimed Trump Train?

    • Seven Ate Nine
      8:46 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      And here we see a moral busybody complaining about being morally busybodied

    • Because KSR ALWAYS sticks ta sports! 😜

    • Luether
      11:58 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      Could Jourdan Rodrigue’s comments be judged racist? Why not?

    • BBNDan7
      5:51 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Because she said nothing about race or skin tones……..dumbass

    • BBN in H-Town
      10:38 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      1. This site focuses on sports–namely University of Kentucky sports. Keep your ignorant, uninformed political rants to yourself.
      2. It isn’t difficult to find what you seek, considering you can go to about any news site and find 1k articles per day lambasting the POTUS.

      You sound like a bitter, unstable troll.

  2. SwaggyCal9
    8:44 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    I thought it was funny…. Why does it have to be about gender inequality? It’s the NFL. I would do the same if my wife starting talking about routes guys were running…. Not in a negative way….. People are too sensitive these days

    • ukkatzfan
      8:50 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink


    • Dr. Leo Spaceman
      8:58 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      So you don’t think women should be football fans? Or that they should just not have any understanding of the game? There are tons of male football reporters who have never played the game but you don’t see them getting mocked for asking a question. It’s unbelievably disrespectful and condescending. Which part is the funny part?

    • MadHatter
      11:47 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      Have you ever watched a nick saban press conference. He’s an equal opportunity shamer of dumb questions. Cmon man

    • Baize
      9:06 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      This is a load of bull crap.
      She’s a reporter that based off her question is very good at her job. This is a lot different than your wife, who I’m guessing does NOT professionally cover a NFL team, asking a question about routes. The reporter asked a good question and was belittled because of her gender for no reason.

    • Mathlete
      9:07 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      How would you feel if someone talked down to your wife like she was an idiot when she started talking about something she’s good at just because she’s a woman?

      That’s why it’s a gender issue.

    • Kevin C
      9:17 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      I stand corrected ; apparently this article was written for morons like SwaggyCal9.

    • kjd
      8:15 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      You obviously consider yourself not to be a moron. Then don’t try to hijack the thread with your anti- Trump agenda.

    • notFromhere
      9:21 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      Yes. Male reporters are given a hard time for asking certain questions as well. mocked, laughed at, and scowled at. People that can’t handle it need a different job.

    • Mathlete
      9:54 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      @notfromhere – male reporters get mocked for asking dumb, lazy questions like “how do you feel after losing the Superbowl?”, not insightful, informed questions like hers. There was no reason for him to smart off at her like that

    • JTHinton
      9:25 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      So it’s ok for male writers to get mocked, but not women? There’s a difference btwn equality and feminism

    • east-ky-boy
      10:52 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      Well said my friend

    • callitlikeiseeit
      3:32 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Maybe a female reporter has never asked him about routes before so he did find this funny that one did ask? GEEZ everyone gets so upset at anything people say now days.

    • wesmorgan1
      12:01 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      SwaggyCal9, does that mean you won’t mind if someone says that to your wife if she offers a question or opinion in public?

      The simple fact is this – the NFL doesn’t issue “male press” and “female press” passes.

      Ditto for NFL officials and coaches – they’re all “coaches” and “officials.”

      Newton needs to grow up.

    • notFromhere
      7:53 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      @Waahthlete- they get made fun of for many many things. You’re panties just don’t curl when you hear them.

      An out of shape reporter gets mocked for talking about work ethic, while one that is carrying an extra 150lbs gets a jab for asking about drive or being in shape, and a reporter who is always negative gets verbally or figuratively slapped down for asking intelligent but leading questions that suit their agenda. Sometimes, they get put in their place because someone hears their question wrong.

      You are welcome to believe otherwise, but that just leads to foolishness in the face of the facts. Belief does not equal truth, and feeling does not equal justification.

  3. Duuuuuude
    8:49 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    For what it’s worth, I think you’re a great writer. You’re the best writer on KSR by far!

  4. MegatonRange
    8:57 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    “facing a mountain of backlash on social media”

    What is that, 5 people with 10,000 Twiiter accounts each? If you turn off your phone, is the “backlash” still there? Just wondering…

    • dgtuk
      9:04 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      Careful Megaton….TT will come after you! Not a great comment but hardly the moral outrage projected by Miss TT. Think the sun will rise tomorrow. But first of course someone has to get Cam’s mind right! Thought police will be out in full force…..

    • KTR2786
      10:52 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      Facing a storm of snowflakes is more like it.

  5. ukkatzfan
    8:59 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    I think that a site that shows the advertisement by “Top Buzz”(one where girl in tight sweats shows her a$$ that I probably seen right before reading this article) shows college girls as fans of the day and is virtually Sports Illustrated meets Maxim should avoid complaining about sexism. KSR was built on sexism.

    • Seven Ate Nine
      9:19 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      I believe KSR uses GoogleAds, which means the ads are tailored to your browsing history.

    • Kevin C
      9:27 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      Exactly. If you want to be effective when speaking out on a specific injustice, you can’t cherry pick. She’s trying to speak out against sexism, while ignoring the very things you pointed out, because her job depends on it. The virtual “soap box” she’s using to denounce sexism, might as well be a stack of Juggs magazines, with a rolled up Playboy for a megaphone.

    • BBNDan7
      5:53 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Seven ate nine is right, so all you did was expose yourself moron

    • ukkatzfan
      12:00 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      I am a moron ? Why is that? Does it have to do with my low IQ ? I didn’t expose myself. I just aint got nothing to hide.

    • Catsby80
      8:09 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      UkKatzFan isn’t wrong tho. This site has used “UK Fans of the Day” for years as one of its articles and it constantly shows 20 something year old girls usually in little clothing. That has absolutely nothing to do with googleads.

    • Realme
      11:31 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      I agree that KSR, like sports in general has its’ share of sexism. They used to have “KSR girls” at tailgates back in the day. I’ve always wondered if that stuff doesn’t bother Tyler, or if she overlooks it because sometimes you make choices for your career. Tyler is an extremely important part of KSR. As a woman I wouldn’t enjoy it as much without her. If she wants to write an opinion piece about something she probably has a ton of experience with, good. Don’t read it if it doesn’t interest you.

    • ukkatzfan
      12:22 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      BBNDan7. Top Buzz looks like it is an app that involves .gifs. Yes I use gifs on facebook like they are going out of style. I had no idea how ads are decided. I ain’t that up to date on my internet advertising knowledge. I am less sexist than most that write for KSR. KSR is a sexist website. They sell UK sports using sex. If KSR was a magazine, it would be Sports Illustrated meets Maxim. If it was a restaurant, it would be a sports bar meets Hooters. (I have never been to a Hooters, can you say the same thing?) If you feel the need to call me a moron, please do. If you feel the need to call me worst, please do. Just don’t associate me with U-6 or Coach-2 and I don’t care.

    • WV Wildcat
      4:22 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      So did you not find Newton’s comments to be sexist? Do you disagree with TT’s point? Or are you just avoiding the actual issue by focusing on the ads run by the website on which the article appears?
      It’s one thing to acknowledge the problem and then go on to point out how KSR itself should take a look in the mirror and address its own arguably sexist practices. It’s quite another to just dismiss the complaint out of hand because you think certain of KSR’s practices are themselves sexist. That is a classic case of the deflection tactic called “whataboutism.”

  6. KatsKlaws
    9:03 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Routes? I don’t get it ….why is that funny?

  7. catsarerunnin
    9:03 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Poor Kevin is insulted. He needs a hug and a fuzzy kitten to help soothe his daily pain.

    • Kevin C
      9:28 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      If you weren’t, then that obviously means you either agree with Cam, or the article was aimed at you. 🙂

    • notFromhere
      7:57 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      He’s not getting those hugs, is he, carsarerunnin? Tough day for Kevin. Tough day for the exposed nerves of the world

  8. UKUKUK1865
    9:04 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    There are not enough hours in the day for me to be morally outraged about all the things everyone with a twitter account wants me to be morally outraged over. It is all nothing more than white noise at this point.

    • notFromhere
      9:11 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      And drowns out any real conversation people should be having

    • Kat4Life
      1:10 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Why is it only white noise ?? What’s wrong with black noise ??? You gotta issue with blacks ??

    • WV Wildcat
      4:23 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      So, should we not call out and address sexism in the workplace because it’s just all too much for you?

    • notFromhere
      5:11 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      No. Call it out.

      When a male has to pass more difficult test criteria as a female for the same job, shout it out! When a man isn’t getting paternity leave figured into his salary, let’s hear it!

      When a man can’t get ribbed by a star QB for not having run an “NFL route” in his lifetime, lets start a convo. Til then this is just thin skinned whining. Not that it isn’t expected these days

    • WV Wildcat
      5:50 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      notFromhere Please highlight for me all of these “more difficult test criteria” that men have to pass. I’ve not heard of those. I agree with you that paternity leave is an important benefit that should be available to all workers. And please list for me all of the many times in journalism where men’s questions are dismissed simply because they are men. Or just keep pretending that you are really the victim.

    • notFromhere
      7:59 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Wvgnawildcat- you’ve shown you can use a keyboard. Try Google. I’ll never be your beast of burden.

  9. notFromhere
    9:08 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Why wasn’t that set to music? I could hear the violins as I read every word.

    It’s funny to hear people talk about things, when they haven’t been seen or imagined doing them. If you have that kind of chip on your shoulder maybe beat writing a male sports league or team isn’t the gig you can handle.

    Tyra banks would giggle and would tell you she would, if she saw Tom Arnold modeling high fashion, women’s clothes. Doesn’t mean she’s a jerk. It means it seems funny to her.

    Get over yourself already people

    • wesmorgan1
      12:05 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Actually, I first learned of the incident through tweets from other reporters. Her colleagues took professional offense before she did. I wouldn’t accuse of having a chip on her shoulder when even her professional competitors took up for her.

    • WV Wildcat
      4:30 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      There are tons of male models in the high fashion industry and plenty of men who cover the women’s fashion industry (not to mention women’s sports), you dolt. Your comment betrays your own misogyny in believing that women are simply not cut out for sports reporting. The reporter can handle the gig, that is, she does a good job of gathering information and writing articles, which is her job. She shouldn’t have to just put up with someone dismissing her intelligent question strictly because she is a woman. Attitudes like yours are exactly the problem TT is calling out.

    • notFromhere
      5:05 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah. Her “colleagues” are part of the problem. They complained about the free food they were getting at UK events and actually said, “…if they treated us better, they’d get better coverage…”

      Whiners defending whiners doesn’t add weight to this. You shouldnt have to know a real journalist or be a journalist to understand, but maybe some people do.

      There is a difference, “dolt” (really?), between Tom Arnold and “tons of male models in the high fashion industry.” If you can’t read for content through your tears of oppression, maybe you should get a translator.

  10. david8577
    9:10 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    No two humans, regardless of sex, race, etc. are equal. His comment makes him look like kind of a jerk, I guess, but is anyone else tired of all day long people claiming to be victimized?

    • notFromhere
      9:12 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink


    • east-ky-boy
      10:53 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      You’re right! Crazy!

    • WV Wildcat
      4:47 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      So, people should just ignore when their capability in the workplace is dismissed out of hand for no other reason than their sex? Women should just put up with it and shut up?

    • notFromhere
      8:03 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Is she capable of running routes against NFL DBs and LBs? Impressive. Anyone can ask a question, and anyone can find it funny that they ask it. Unless they’re facing the Spanish inquisition or germs. Gestapo.

  11. notFromhere
    9:13 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe she’ll sue KSRadio since they posted about it… Would have as much weight as the Higgins suit

  12. Steady
    9:24 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    She got her panties in a wad, so to speak?

    • Kevin C
      9:37 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      That’s better than getting a wad in her panties, I’d think.

  13. Wakecrash
    9:25 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    A lot of stuff beyond Cams stupid and unfunny comment.
    As far as reporters at press conferences, I don’t really care, however i want commentators and announcers with experience playing the game and I don’t know of any female football leagues. Perspective is a big part of it, and those that have it and those that don’t is obvious. Not a question of intelligence, it is a question of experience.

    • Skeps
      11:22 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      Agree 100%

    • wesmorgan1
      12:11 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      “I don’t know of any female football leagues.”

      You haven’t looked. There are 3-4 women’s leagues in the US today, the oldest of which was founded in 2000 and is fielding 15 teams for the 2017 season.

      There’s also the International Federation of American Football, which has held two Women’s World Championships, both won by the USA; the most recent WWC involved teams from six nations.

    • WV Wildcat
      4:54 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      So, I take it you discount anything said by Al Michaels, Joe Buck, Ian Eagle, Greg Gumble and the rest of the majority of football announcers who didn’t play the game? Oh, you don’t? I wonder why that could be.

  14. tfordstyle
    9:25 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    does the crying ever stop

  15. UKantstopus
    9:51 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Is it me or have we as a society become EXTREMELY sensitive about everything??

    • Mc12
      9:54 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      That’s identity politics. A ploy for votes. Divide and conquer. It’s men vs. women, white vs. black, religion vs. religion, young vs. old, gay vs. straight. This has picked up like no other the past 5 years and is extremely divisive

  16. Here’s the thing: as long as there are men and women, there will be sexism, on both sides. You know why? Because men and women are people, and people aren’t perfect. Case in point: has there been a sitcom with a dad who wasn’t a total doofus in the last 30+ years? If so it’s rare.

    Look at the National Protest League. If you’re going to refuse to stand for the anthem until this country is perfect, you’ll be kneeling until judgment day. Try to make it better? Of course! Just realize nothing will ever be perfect, that’s all.

    • WV Wildcat
      4:34 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Hmmm. You sound an awful lot like you don’t want anybody to do anything about the problems identified by TT and the NFL protesters. And please tell me more about how dads being portrayed as doofuses on tv (which I agree is a problem) is equivalent to women being paid 3/4 of the money for the same work and being subject to widespread and disproportionate domestic violence and sexual assault, among a host of the other widespread impacts of our society’s misogyny.

  17. KYcats11
    10:01 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink


  18. 8xchamp
    10:24 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Well most people feel that way, even though they can’t say it.

  19. counterbalance
    10:33 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink


  20. KTR2786
    10:50 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Oh my god…..the horror……the horror……

  21. Rise
    10:56 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Kind of hard to take these athletes serious on racial & sexism issues when you hear the N word and ho coming out of their mouth every sentence. Not really setting a good example. They should be role models. Instead they are just being hypocrites. They just put on a show in front of a camera.

    • WV Wildcat
      4:49 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Way to get some nice subtle racist digs in on an article calling out sexism.

  22. east-ky-boy
    10:56 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    My goodness. We are the United States of the OFFENDED. You can say or do whatever you want unless it’s conservative or pro trump then you’re a racist, sexist, over religious bigot. I’m from Pikeville. I’m a hillbilly. I tell hillbilly jokes. I’m 5’ 8”. Im the Office midget at work. Lighten up America! Geez!

  23. turdyshmurda
    11:01 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    No one cares about your liberal bull shi—t. You’re the worst blogger in KSR. So someone please fire her already.

    • AdamN
      12:56 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Yet you’re here reading her article? I know for a fact that at least 1 person cares about what she has to say. So you sir, are a liar.

    • KY Teacher
      9:49 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      You are exactly what your name implies, a turd.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:51 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      That is absurd; the fact that someone expresses an opinion different from your own does not reflect upon their competency or quality of work.

    • Kat4Life
      1:08 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      I’ve got to stop you there turd boy…..say what you want about TT’s sensitivities, but never call her material poorly written…..she is the best KSR has, with the possible exception of my boy Drew who is absolutely funny as sh*t at times…….

    • WV Wildcat
      5:52 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Didn’t realize that addressing blatant sexism in the workplace was a liberal vs. conservative issue. Although, when the figurehead of the modern “conservative” movement (which isn’t conservative in a political sense at all) runs around calling women pigs and brags about grabbing puss*&s without permission, you’ve got to get in line.

  24. catdaddyd
    11:12 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Gender equally, quit having the nba support the money pit wnba. Do away with title IX. Let the free market work. Here’s an example, I’d rather have Kara Lawson announce a UK game over Dick Vitale. Well now I’m against old people, I give up.

    • Billy Mays Here
      12:35 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      I actually love Beth Mowins and how she calls games. I will watch a game with teams I don’t care for just because she’s calling it. So, I guess I’m against men. Seriously, she’s great at her craft and entertaining. Like Gus Johnson. Every play he calls like it’s the greatest thing he’s ever seen. It has nothing to do with anything but sports. I wish we could just be sports fans again and not political pawns.

    • Catsby80
      8:14 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Billy – did you really just compare Beth Mowins to Gus Johnson?! That is blasphemous. I can’t believe I just read that.

    • wesmorgan1
      12:15 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      “Let the free market work” – HAH! If professional teams had to return all the tax incentives and local financing they’ve received for their arena/stadium “homes”, how many teams/leagues would fold?

      Ditto at the collegiate level – Yum! Center TIF funding, anyone?

    • WV Wildcat
      4:58 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      The difference is that you are evaluating their work based on its quality. If you say that you think male reporter X is better than female reporter Y because X gets better information and is a better writer, that is not sexist. However, if you, like Newton, dismiss the work of reporter Y out of hand simply because she is a woman then you are being sexist. See how that works?

  25. MadHatter
    12:03 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Isn’t your name sexist? Mrs. TT

  26. AdamN
    12:16 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Everyone is all about freedom of speech when NFL players take a knee during the national anthem. But the same people get offended by an NFL player making a comment about women. A bit hypocritical, no? Does freedom of speech only apply if it doesn’t directly affect you? By the way, I believe both instances are wrong.

    • Billy Mays Here
      12:28 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      1st Amendment 2017: Your rights end where my feelings begin.

    • wesmorgan1
      12:18 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      There’s a difference between a general protest directed for/against a cause and remarks/actions directed toward an individual, don’t you think?

    • AdamN
      12:43 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      There is absolutely a difference between the two. I am not attempting to compare the actions themselves, only the justification being used for why the action is acceptable. When you ask someone why they think it’s ok to take a knee during the anthem, they’re defense is “because freedom of speech”.

    • AdamN
      1:09 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      *their not there’re

    • AdamN
      1:11 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      I’m done
      I’m typing all this on a phone

    • WV Wildcat
      5:04 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      The 1st amendment, which prohibits the government from infringing on our speech, has nothing to do with either the NFL protest situation or Cam’s comments. The judgment is coming because of the CONTENT of the speech. Here, the kneeling players are saying “we think something needs to be done about the high level of institutional injustice and violence towards people of color in our country.” Cam is saying “I dismiss your intelligent question about football strategy simply because you are a woman.” Do you really not see the difference there, and why people might react differently to those two statements?

    • AdamN
      1:55 am October 6, 2017 Permalink

      This is going way over your heads. You’re still comparing the two actions. Again, I am aware they are very different. I am also aware that freedom of speech is not relevant to players taking a knee. But none of what that is related to the argument I am making. Let me make it as simple as I can for you… if you justify one action by basically saying players can do/say whatever they want, then the same reasoning should be applied to anything else they do or say. If it applies to one action, but not the other, then that makes you a hypocrite. Are you with me now?

  27. Billy Mays Here
    12:26 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Insult the entire flag, the anthem, the military, the overwhelming majority of the NFL’s fan base, and most of the nation on a weekly basis . . . and it will be promoted, applauded and defended.

    Insult one female . . . diatribe and pitchforks.

    It really only matters when something you care about is trodden upon, I guess.

    This is indicative of present society: knee-jerk reactions and being deeply offended at anything we are told to be offended by. In the Western world, with all of our luxuries and blessings, we’re at the point where we tell people why to be offended and where to be offended and they will show up with signs ready to go with violent outrage. I’m tired of being lectured to on things I didn’t do, wouldn’t do and don’t support. But being born with a Y chromosome means one is intrinsically unjust and evil.

    This has little to do with sports or men. Cam Newton is a jerk and would think that, regardless if he played in the NFL or worked at a car wash. There are jerks in every walk of life. Male and female. I’ve witnessed women say very degrading things to other women and men, as well. It didn’t make me think what a victim I am. Do you think straight men who are hair stylists, wedding dress designers or fashion designers don’t have to fend off negative comments about their sexuality or not possibly understanding what it’s like to be a woman? The fact that Cam Newton is an NFL player makes him the pervasive thought of all men and athletes? That type of benighted stereotyping is precisely what he is doing. So what if Cam Newton said that, thinks that, believes that? So what if there are others who do, too? The majority–i.e., most people–do not hold those views. Sports is our escape. Most, if not all, are tired of being force-fed politics in our sports.

    If this is the worst that Jourdan Rodrigue, or any female sports reporter, has to put up with, she is lucky. Women in Saudi Arabia just got the “right” to drive an automobile . . . in late 2017! Moreover, Ms. Rodrigue is doing what she loves so I am certain it will not stop her and she will be successful. Yet, she has no idea what real discrimination is like, just as no current multimillionaire NFL player has any idea. If they are interested in learning they ought to reach out to a man we just honored at UK whom 50 years dared set foot as a young black kid–and the only one at that–into Oxford, Mississippi just because he wanted to play college football, too. That game was at the very school where a couple of years earlier Medgar Evers fought to desegregate and was ultimately murdered in his front yard in front of his children and wife. I am sure there were scum at that game that wanted to kill Mr. Northington, and probably would have. No one wants to murder Ms. Rodrigue for asking Cam Newton a question. Modern moral outrage.

    • east-ky-boy
      8:12 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Well said. We are spoiled here in the states. Men get paid millions of dollars a years to catch a ball and claim they are oppressed so they show hate toward their flag and country and are held as hero’s for doing so. People get so offended over anything

    • wesmorgan1
      12:32 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      1) “Cam Newton is a jerk and would think that, regardless if he played in the NFL or worked at a car wash.”

      Given that Newton is employed by a league (if not a team) that has both female coaches and female officials, I’d say that open sexism is more significant than the “she’s just a reporter” folks might think. What do you think would happen if Newton criticized a female official simply because she was a woman? Well, last I checked, the NFL doesn’t issue separate press credentials for men and women…so why shouldn’t the same notions apply?

      2) “Insult the entire flag, the anthem, the military…”

      When I was a student at UK, I often presented the colors before UK football/basketball games. I’m a veteran from a family with a long history of military service. If I so choose, I’m eligible to join the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the American Legion. Guess what? Protests during the national anthem don’t bother me one bit, as long as they don’t interfere with the ability of others to participate as they see fit. Heck, the players protesting are less intrusive than are the fans who don’t even stand up, or who talk throughout the anthem. I often wonder how many of the people screaming bloody murder about the NFL protests were busy getting drunk or loud while I was presenting the colors in Rupp/Commonwealth…because I saw more than enough of both back then.

      One of the things that particular piece of cloth represents is freedom of speech. As a veteran, I won’t criticize people who exercise that right peacefully. In fact, I’m FAR more concerned about the notion that we should all be compelled to make public displays of patriotism/loyalty; any student of history knows how dangerous THAT path can be.

  28. blueballs80
    12:38 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Was a poor taste in words from Cam Newton and he should know better. It was sexist and degrading. This kind of behavior for lack of understanding is also exhibited from our current presidential climate so it takes an idiot to know an idiot but we cant cure their stupidity and their racist/sexist views because in this moment in time they have now both proven they are both stupid. You can fix ignorance but you can’t cure stupid.

  29. tfordstyle
    12:54 am October 5, 2017 Permalink


  30. LegggoooCats
    1:13 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Much ado about nothing, but the media lives to tear people to shreds, and they now have Cam in their crosshairs. He did nothing wrong, athletes AND coaches are much more rude than that in tons of press conferences. How about Popovich always being a dick, or K being a jackass? You spineless liberal leaches have no shame, and are now going after Cam because it hurt this poor woman’s feelings. You want gender equality??? Tell her bitch ass to take it like a man and quit crying.

  31. bigblueNate
    1:33 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    It wasn’t that deep Mrs. Tyler….. It was a joke that he probably shouldn’t have said out loud, but that is all it was, a joke.

  32. Professor
    7:11 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    You are right. It’s offensive and he shouldn’t have said it. Thank you for writing about this. Keep up the good work. I appreciate you, your work, and your perspective.

    ‘Till the battle is won…..

  33. John Henry
    8:13 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    I read this thread for entertainment value and I was not disappointed. I love to read an article by a liberal who is oppressed and down trodden. And no I don’t want one of your vegan sandwiches Miss Tyler so please don’t get up to make me one. The real solution for all of this oppression and disrespect is for women sports writers to have an old fashioned bra burning. They can use the same bonfire the men are using to burn NFL gear. Bring back bra burning.

  34. Sentient Third Eye
    8:26 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    His remarks sound to me like a guy momentarily reacting to something he rarely sees, so what’s wrong with that? It’s a normal, human reaction to unfamiliar stimuli. Now, if women reporters had been asking him about routes ever single week, then the comment would not have been normal, but as it is, no one can honestly take it as anything but innocuous without contorting logic.

    • Dee
      11:07 am October 5, 2017 Permalink


  35. Catcasey1
    9:01 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Never have thought much of him every scene his Auburn days

  36. Catsby80
    9:14 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    serious censorship on this article it would appear.

  37. secrick
    9:30 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Good God Tyler don’t be such a cry baby. You can’t say anything anymore. If he had done this to a male you would have said nothing and that is why you are so wrong.

    • BBNDan7
      9:55 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      But did he do it to a male? Has anyone in the history of sport ever said “it’s funny to hear a male talk about ____”. No, so crawl back in your hole, your ass is showing

    • KY Teacher
      9:56 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

      That’s the thing, if it was a male who had asked this question he would not have laughed, but simply answered it. The word “route” is a common term in the sport of football as anyone who watches it knows. Why point out that it was funny to hear a woman say that word? What was the purpose of that other than to show that he thinks less of women in the sports industry? But wait, you wouldn’t understand because you’re male and haven’t had to deal with sexism.

  38. Dee
    11:01 am October 5, 2017 Permalink


  39. Dragon
    11:20 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Ok not trying to sound like a total goon but cmon. Relax. If we want to be equal then why do women expect me to open doors for them or other chivalrous things? Why is hitting a woman a heinous crime? Why wouldn’t ir just be assault..jail time…and move on?
    I have been offended by people in certain professions that I never actually participated in. Most likely every male sports journalist has ran a route n football. Not too many gals…women play organized football or pickup games to know some small details of effective route running. Now I know that doesn’t mean you can’t dissect proper form and technique but I get what Cam is saying

  40. The Duder
    11:51 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    (Woman just gives birth to baby): Male Reporter: “I know you take pride in delivering your baby without any type of pain relief. Do you feel good about delivering this baby while enduring the extreme pain (that I am insinuating that I completely understand even though I have never been through it) that comes with child birth?” Woman “That’s funny to here a male talk about the pain of child birth….that’s funny”

    You see. There are lots of things that you just don’t want to hear from someone who has never done it. What this reporter thinks is more physical might be something Carolina thinks Funchess is failing at. A male telling a female about how her body feels and changes during child birth is not something they want to hear. Yes, there are male doctors who can tell you ABOUT child birth, but they CANNOT tell a woman how it FEELS or give perspective which is what this reporter is trying to do.

    Another major issue I have is that even though there are some women who are very educated in a sport, I really find their voices to be unpleasant calling them. It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me. That is not sexist, it is just my preference. This story is a non-starter bit it will gain traction because we are all tolerant of everything except intolerance.

  41. drbigblue
    11:53 am October 5, 2017 Permalink

    This is another case of where social media can make a big deal out of nothing. Grow up lady and just stick with the news.

    12:30 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    It’s funny to him to hear a woman talk about running routes, just like it would be funny for her to hear a man talk about labor pains. So what. Relax, he was only pointing out what he thought was funny. Lighten up. So some one can’t hear or see something they find funny and say thier mind, they are a sex is or bigot or the most overused word in the last 10 years, racist. Hell, I’d bet 99% of the people who claim these terms have never been oppressed as they claim. Very vocal minority tries to make everyone else feel bad because they have some kind of weird hangup or misguided guilt?

  43. wesmorgan1
    12:42 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Let’s bring this closer to home…

    How would you react if your daughter worked her tail off to get where she is, only to have some smug jerk say something that condescending in front of a national audience?

    • Kat4Life
      1:05 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      I would not like it, but I wouldn’t like it if my son were the “victim” either…….quit trying to make it a damned gender thing…..this country has gotten so obsessed with being PC that it’s reaching comical proportions…….

  44. Dragon
    12:43 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Hear, hear Ricksvd! This is me applauding you

  45. oruacat2
    12:44 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    As one who is sick and tired of made-up BS like “whitesplaining” and “mansplaining”, I also find this funny. I just wish he’d been even funnier by using “chicksplaining”.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      1:18 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Amen re: stupid made-up fake terms! The only ‘-splaining’ I ever want to see referenced from now on is when Desi tells Lucy she has some to do…

  46. Dragon
    12:56 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    I’d tell me daughter that he’s an A-hole and keep doing a great job.

  47. Kat4Life
    1:02 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Personally, I like Tyler’s articles, insights, sense of humor, and posts as much if not more than any sports writer in the business. That said, I was a bit disappointed that she made such an issue of the whole “women are picked on and treated differently” crappola……..don’t sweat it TT, men are pigs and always will be……

    • Sentient Third Eye
      1:18 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Mrs. TT is hands-down the best writer KSR has, but I disagree with her on this one.

  48. Realme
    1:20 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    It’s amazing how many people on here feel the need to tell Tyler what she can think about an issue, when you have not had her experience. If you have never been a woman writer in athletics, then just shut up. If you don’t like the article scroll past it.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:13 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      No one should care how anyone “feels”. It’s only what they think that matters.

    • The Duder
      4:23 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      @Realme. LOL. You just made everyone’s point. Don’t tell people or ask people about things if you’ve not had that experience. Exactly why Cam said it was funny. You are the same as Cam Newton Realme.

    • The Duder
      4:27 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      @Realme. You: “If you have never been a woman writer in athletics, then shut up.” Don’t you think that is the same thing as Cam finding it funny that someone that has never run a route asking about routes? Shouldn’t she just “shut up” to? Way to completely undermine your attempt at a point by doing exactly the same thing. Dolt.

    • MadHatter
      5:21 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      By Realme’s logic: If you’ve never played football, shut up. You’ve not had the experience of a male athlete playing football. So just shut up. If you don’t like it, scroll to another channel.

    • notFromhere
      7:42 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

      Duder nailed it.

      People will always find things funny. Things that are new, odd, or just hit them the wrong way.

      Those that are deeply offended by that reaction might want to do something where they don’t interact with people. If people were like that years ago, Jackie Robinson would never have broken the color barrier in baseball. He’d have been too busy being offended. He’d have much rather traded for a smile, a laugh, and remark like Cam gave the reporter.

      I know a few people that got a few backhands in interviews with coaches. No outcry, no tears, and no whining. They just went to work the next week.

  49. UKMKG
    1:36 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    Hard to take KSR’s moral lecture seriously when they use the “UK Fan of the Day” post to display young girls wearing next to nothing virtually every day.

  50. uktool
    2:29 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    I’ve seen this before…..he’s a racist!!

  51. loservilletard
    2:45 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    if the bitch can’t take a joke, then go make me a sa’mmich.

  52. tony69fio
    4:06 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t think the way he said that was very mature or professional. I don’t think it was the sexist thing I’ve ever heard either. In my opinion this Country has become WWAAAYYYY too politically correct. People, including me, get their feelings hurt………. MOVE ON

  53. MadHatter
    5:23 pm October 5, 2017 Permalink

    The double standard is atrocious

  54. agrimensor06
    4:22 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    Good grief, get over it. I don’t wine and complain every time I hear a woman make a derogatory remark about things that men do or don’t do, or do or don’t understand. We have got to learn to stop letting every little stupid thing someone says bother us and use it for the next movement.

    I think we’re living in a time that we can all admit that what Cam said was stupid and not fair, but seriously, who gives a sh#t?!?!

  55. agrimensor06
    4:25 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    I would like to add that I think Tyler Thompson is awesome in general. But again……good grief. SMH.