Cam Newton wants women to believe they can do anything men can do — at least, that’s the message he seems to be sending days after making a sexist remark to a female reporter.
The Panthers quarterback was sporting a hat with a Rosie the Riveter pin upon his arrival at Ford Field on Sunday morning. From the iconic “We Can Do It” poster, the character became a symbol of female empowerment during World War II, when many women worked in factories to take on jobs previously done solely by men.
Newton, whose Panthers face the Lions in Detroit, has shown contrition after initially laughing at Charlotte Observer sports reporter Jourdan Rodrigue for asking a question about Devin Funchess embracing the physicality of routes.
“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like … it’s funny,” he said during a Wednesday press conference.
Cam Newton wears a pin sporting a symbol of feminism.
Media backlash followed, Dannon dropped him as a sponsor, and Newton went on to apologize and admit the joke was on him.
“I understand my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women. And to be honest, that was not my intention,” Newton said in a video posted Thursday. “And if you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you.
“I’m a man who tries to be a positive role model in my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others. And I take ownership to everything that comes with that. What I did was extremely unacceptable.”