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.
Mark Sailing, who starred on the hit show “Glee” as Noah “Puck” Puckerman from 2009 – 2015, has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and faces four to seven years in prison, with 20 years supervised release when sentenced.
Variety (@variety) reports that Sailing will also be ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution to each of the victims who request it. Sailing will also be required to register as a sex offender upon release from prison.
Sailing was first arrested for possession of child pornography in December 2015, when his home was searched by the Los Angeles Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.
The plea agreement filed with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California says Sailing plead guilty to “one count of felony possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.” The filing states that more than 50,000 images and videos of child porn and erotica were found on his laptop, in addition to about 4,000 images and 160 videos of child porn found on his USB flash drive.
An Alaska watchdog group found that prisoners in one of the state’s correctional facilities were sexually harassed by female staff, according to a new report.
The Hill (@thehill) reports that the investigation was launched after an inmate filed a complaint that claimed female staff members placed him and other inmates on a dog leash and paraded them through part of the jail naked. He also said he was placed in cells that had no running water, blood on the walls, and feces inside. The incident took place in Seward’s Spring Creek Correctional Center. The inmate said the people who were initially assigned to investigate the complaint, were the same officers who had committed the act. One of the accused was a lieutenant, who wrote in her 2013 report that the inmates had misused state clothing on the day in question. She wrote nothing in her report about the dog leash. When asked how the inmates had misused state clothing, by the Ombudsman, who is currently conducting the investigation, the lieutenant was unable to provide specific details.
The ombudsman’s report provided multiple recommendations, including the adoption of a body camera police for the Department Of Corrections to record interactions between inmates and staff. Ombudsman, Kate Burkhart told the New York Times
“The ombudsman doesn’t have enforcement power, but the governor and the legislature certainly do. If there’s evidence that a state agency isn’t following the law, then putting the governor and the legislature on notice that it’s happening, so that they can react and hopefully resolve the problem, is important.”
It’s not clear if the investigation is still open and ongoing. It’s also not clear if anyone has been fired, reprimanded, or will be criminally prosecuted for the dog walking accusations.
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.”