On the heels of yesterday’s controversy involving Cam Newton and female reporter Jourdan Rodrigue, one of Cam’s advertising partners have decided to drop Newton from their roster. Dannon, the yogurt maker and seller released a statement this afternoon.
“We are shocked and disheartened at the behavior and comments of Cam Newton towards Jourdan Rodrigue, which we perceive as sexist and disparaging to all women. It’s simply not okay to belittle anyone based on gender.”
The yogurt maker reportedly will still honor its contract with Cam, but will pull all of it’s advertising featuring the Carolina Panthers star quarterback as it’s pitchman. The comments that got Cam in hot water with the press, general public, and his sponsor came after Rodrigue asked Newton about the physicality in the routes run by Carolina wide receiver Devon Funchess, in which Cam replied “it’s funny to hear a female talk about routes…..it’s funny. Rodrigue took to Twitter minutes later to show her displeasure with Newton’s comments in a Tweet “I don’t think it’s funny to be a female and talk about routes. I think it’s my job.”
Cam Newton was in the wrong for his comments….clearly, but in today’s world, victim can sometimes become villain in the fraction of a second, as I’m sure Rodriguez learned today. A few Twitter users decided to dig up a few of Rodrigue’s old Tweets and found some disparaging and racist remarks that the reporter had once made. “The earth moves at 450+ mph thats 10 times triller than Nascar Dale Earnharts a bitch nigga” Rodrigue wrote in a Tweet dated 5/11/2013. In two tweets dated 8/10/2013, Rodriguez seemed to brag about how racist her father was and how proud she was of him because of that. “My dad is being super racist as we pass through Navajo land”….That Tweet was followed by confirmation of her being proud as she replied to a friend in the next Tweet. “He’s the best. Racist jokes the whole drive home.”
After Rodrigue was outed for her racist tweets, she took to Twitter to issue an apology this afternoon. “I apologize for the offensive Tweets from my Twitter account 4/5 years ago. There is no excuse for these Tweets and the sentiment behind them. I am deeply sorry and apologize.”
After claiming that Cam Newton never apologized or showed remorse after his comments to her, Rodrigue turned around and did pretty much the same thing. Sure, the words “I apologize” were in Rodriguez’s statement, but that was pretty much nullified when Rodrigue added that the Tweets were from 4/5 years ago. Pretty much stating that she should get a pass because the Tweets were old? I’m sorry Ms. Rodrigue, but there is no statute of limitation on racism. There is a lesson to be learned in all of this though. Two people can actually do wrong or have done a bad thing. Just because one is wrong does not always make the other person right.
Cam Newton has found himself in the middle of another controversy after comments he made to a female reporter on Wednesday afternoon. Newton was asked about wide receiver Devin Funchess’ embracing the physicality of routes and if Newton got enjoyment out of that by Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodriguez, to which Cam replied:
“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like….it’s funny”
Rodriguez obviously didn’t find much funny about Cam’s replies as she took to Twitter minutes later to express her view:
“I don’t think it’s funny to be a female and talk about routes. I think it’s my job. Rodriguez also added “I spoke with him after and it was worse. I chose not to share, because I have an actual job to do today and one he will not keep me from.”
It’s not clear what Newton and Rodriguez spoke about after the press conference. It’s also not clear if Cam apologized when the two spoke in private. The Association For Women In Sports Media (AWSM) released a statement on the situation:
“We are very discouraged by Cam Newton’s disrespectful remarks and actions directed toward a female reporter during today’s Carolina Panthers press conference. As a watchdog group, AWSM demands fair treatment and positive workplace environments for women working in sports media.”
The Tennessee Titans have signed free agent Quarterback Brandon Weedon to the team’s 53-man roster. Starting QB Marcus Mariota left Sunday’s game against the Texans with a hamstring injury. Mariota is listed as day to day. Backup QB Matt Cassel filled in for Mariota in last week’s game. Titans coach Mike Mularky said that it’s possible that the team won’t know Mariota’s playing status up until as late as Sunday. Translation: “Mariota is out, and Cassel is garbage. So we better go out and get somebody who we might be able to toss into the game if Cassel goes out there and throws five interceptions in the first half on Sunday.”
Brandon Weeden has played in the NFL since the 2012 season. He spent two seasons with the Browns (2012-2013), two with the Cowboys where he was mostly a backup for Tony Romo (2014-2015), and two season with the Houston Texans (2015-2016), where he played in a total of six games. Weeden’s career stats are less than stellar (6,642 passing yards, 57.9 completion %, 31 TD’S and 30 INT), which made people wonder why the Titans decided to pass up the opportunity to grab up free agent Colin Kaepernik. It makes sense. In a system that’s catered to a mobile quarterback (Mariota), one can’t help but to wonder if Kap would be the perfect fit. Depending on if, and how long Mariota might be out of action, the Titans may need something that’s a little better option than Cassel and Weeden to hold down the fort until Mariota returns. That’s just my take on the situation. Those two options are not going to be enough if the Titans hope to remain competitive in Mariota’s absence. Once again, just my opinion. But, hey, maybe the Titans organization and coach Mularky know something that I don’t. It’s possible, but I seriously doubt it.
From the moment the ball was kicked off inside of the NFL’s smallest stadium and Chargers home field, Stub Hub Center, you could tell that there was something strange going on. The Los Angeles based crowd seemed to be rooting for the wrong team. Don’t get it wrong, being an Eagles fan for many years, I’m well aware of how well our fans travel. But what went on in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon was downright embarrassing….at least to the Los Angeles Chargers organization. It was apparent from kickoff that the crowd was predominantly made up of Philadelphia Eagles fans. As the game went on, that fact became more and more apparent. The crowd erupted into loud applause every time the Eagles did something good. The crowd loudly booed every time the refs made a call against the Eagles. And the crowd went into a frenzy, reminiscent of home games at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philly, every time the Eagles scored. Watching this play out on television was a strange sight to behold. I can only imagine what it must’ve been like in person.
The Eagles got off to a quick start when Carson Wentz hit Alshon Jefferey for an 8 yard TD pass. Eagles rookie kicker Jake Elliot added two 40+ yard field goals before the home team woke up. When they did, Phillip Rivers showed everyone in the stadium why he is still one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the league. Rivers connected with Tyrell Williams on a 75 yard catch and run that quickly turned the route back into a game. Eagles kicker, Elliot added another field goal for the Eagles, this time a 53-yarder, helping the Eagles to regain some momentum, making the score 16-7. The Chargers added a field goal of their own right before the half, making the score 16-10 going into the break. The Eagles went up 26-17 in the 4th quarter, when Wendell Smallwood punched it in from 3 yards out. The Chargers responded quickly with a controversial 4 yard strike from Rivers to Hunter Henry in the back of the end zone to cut the Eagles lead to two with just over 6 minutes left in the game. I still say Henry didn’t possess the ball before his momentum took him out of the back of the end zone. It was still a hell of a catch, nonetheless. The Chargers never got the ball back. The Eagles ground game, led by Lagarrette Blount (16 carries 136 yards) pounded the Chargers into the ground. The Eagles have discovered that they can RUN the ball over the last couple of weeks, and they took advantage of that knowledge at exactly the right time as the ground game put the Chargers away with an impressive, time consuming, and clock draining final drive. The win moves the Eagles into sole possession of 1st place in the NFC EAST at 3-1. The 2-1 Redskins travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs tonight. The Chargers drop to 0-4 with the loss. They join the Cleveland Browns and New York Giant as the only three teams in the league who have not won a game this season.