It's simply not ok to belittle anyone based on gender."We have shared our concerns with Cam and will no longer work with him."Newton's marketing agent, Carlos Fleming, told ESPN's Darren Rovell that Dannon has not terminated the agreement and has no grounds to do so, and that the brand has advertising with Newton that is still running.The Association for Women in Sports Media said in a statement that it "is very discouraged by Cam Newton's disrespectful remarks and actions directed to a female reporter during today's Carolina Panthers press conference.
Dannon, which had an endorsement deal with Newton through its Oikos yogurt, issued a statement Thursday that it would "no longer work with him.""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," the statement read.
"It is entirely inconsistent with our commitment to fostering equality and inclusion in every workplace.
"She argued that he didn't know what she saw nor how hard she had studied football, and that maybe the two of them needed to have a deeper conversation."Newton said that maybe he should have said it was funny to hear 'reporters' talk about routes and that, if she actually did know about them, then she knew more than most reporters," according to the Observer.
"Then he gestured toward the locker room, still filled with her colleagues."Rodrigue, whom the Observer reported had introduced herself to Newton last October on her first day with the newspaper, asked him if he knew her name.
Rodrigue released a statement through The Charlotte Observer via email saying that Newton did not apologize when they spoke after the news conference.