Cam Newton faces backlash after sexist comments about women who ‘don’t know how to allow a man to lead’
Cam Newton is looking for another NFL job, and he may have damaged his chances of finding one this week.
The former Panthers and Patriots quarterback appeared on the “Million Dollaz Worth of Game” podcast where he voiced his thoughts about how a woman should act.
“I knew what a woman was,” Newton said of growing up in a household with both his mother and grandmother. “Not a bad b—.”
NFL quarterback Cam Newton complained about women who “can’t cook” and “don’t know when to be quiet.”
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) April 11, 2022
What did Newton mean by that? He tried to explain, but ended up putting his foot farther into his mouth.
“There’s a lot of women who are bad b—es,” Newton said. “And I say b—es in a way, not to degrade a woman but just to go off the aesthetic of what they deem is a boss chick.”
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Newton didn’t stop there. He also took time to describe his ideal woman and used several misogynistic stereotypes in doing so.
Now a woman for me is, handling your own but knowing how to cater to a man’s needs. Right? And I think a lot of times when you get that aesthetic of ‘I’m a boss b—, Imma this, Imma that.’ No baby! But you can’t cook. You don’t know when to be quiet! You don’t know how to allow a man to lead.
Newton quickly came under fire for his comments, and several notable female sports personalities criticized his sexist remarks.
Ooops… then again, not for Cam. True colors always reveal themselves, time and again. I prefer to keep negativity off my feed, but this is DISGUSTING. No need “to be quiet” here… https://t.co/JVSLHnnReC
— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) April 11, 2022
It’s particularly unfortunate that Cam Newton feels this way considering many of the people in the media and in sports who’ve publicly spoken about the bias he’s dealt with throughout his career are women who refuse to be quiet. 🤷🏼♀️ https://t.co/UnyAnHVfko
— Tanya Ray Fox (@TanyaRayFox) April 11, 2022
I would just like to know if Cam is well versed in changing tires, yard work and building things since he has a clear grasp of what the feminine and masculine dynamics of a relationship are 🤣 as it relates to the 50’s of course. Show us your man card. It’s just honestly comical https://t.co/L9bfvnVQLa
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) April 12, 2022
The same man who laughed at a female reporter for a valid question said something misogynistic? I, for one, am shocked https://t.co/Ab88qc9M9Q
— Alexa Ross (@AlexaRossTV) April 11, 2022
This isn’t the first time that Newton has made sexist comments during his NFL career. When he was with the Panthers in 2017, Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton a question during a press conference about Devin Funchess embracing a more physical route-running style. Newton found that question amusing.
“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes,” Newton said with a laugh, per the Observer. “It’s funny.”
Newton drew heavy backlash for making light of Rodrigue’s football knowledge. And his statement drew so much attention that the NFL felt the need to denounce it.
“The comments are just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Pro Football Talk in 2017. “They do not reflect the thinking of the league.”
Newton apologized publicly for his 2017 comments shortly after making them. However, given his comments this week, he may not have learned much from the previous controversy.