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Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton apologises for 'degrading' comment to female reporter after losing sponsorship deal

Mirror logo Mirror 06/10/2017 Liam Prenderville
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NFL star Cam Newton has issued an apology over his "degrading" remarks to a female reporter.

Newton has been criticised for comments made to Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue in a pre-match news conference.

After being asked about a receiver, Newton replied: "it’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.”

The Carolina Panthers star has been dropped by sponsor Dannon and has taken to Twitter to apologise for his comments.

"After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women," Newton said.

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”If you are a person who took offence to what I said, I sincerely apologise to you.

"I‘m a father to two beautiful daughters, and at their age I try to instill in them that they can do and be anything that they want to be.

“During this whole process I’ve already lost sponsors and countless fans, I realise that the joke was really on me. And I’ve learned a valuable lesson from this.”

The Panthers are in action against Detroit Lions on Sunday.

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