This past week Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton, recently made remarks to a female reporter that made major headlines. When asking a standard question about one of his teammates he laughed and said, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.” Afterwards the reporter asked him to apologize after being offended, and Cam refused.
A few days later Cam Newton issued an apology on his Twitter detailing his mistake and leaving some well thought out quotes; “I’m a father to two beautiful daughters, and at their age I try to instill in them that they can be anything that they want to be.” Although it’s difficult to read someone’s true intentions from their facial motions, it is also impossible to trust someone based off completely what they say. In Cam’s case his previous actions speak much louder than his words.
Cam endorses a lucrative yogurt company called Dannon, that dropped him as their spokesperson after the sexist comments. Before this, Cam refused to apologize, but afterwards he was quick to do so.
Critics would argue Cam Newton makes over 20 million a year and one yogurt endorsement couldn’t possible have this impact. However becoming the spokesperson for this company was very competitive as Cam had to beat out three other NFL players, including Super Bowl winning QB Russell Wilson. Plus, let’s not forget this company doesn’t pay nothing, and money is money.
Cam Newton has had issues he has repeatedly been able to dodge whether in college or even in the NFL, like calling a female reporter sweetheart. One’s character will reveal itself eventually, especially when there is a camera shoved in his face nearly everyday.
Don’t forgive Newton just yet, because his apology doesn’t seem genuine considering what may have motivated his apology and his history with similar issues. Cam Newton is a great football player, every entertaining, and having a great season, but America should take his own advice when it come to Cam Newton, the person: “Don’t be like me. Be better with me.”