Red Smith

Nothing funny about Cam Newton's comments to female reporter

It wasn't funny.

Cam Newton thought it was. The charismatic quarterback of the Carolina Panthers was responding to a perfectly acceptable sports question from a reporter for the Charlotte Observer.

The question was about a receiver and his pass routes.

The reporter was a woman.

"It's funny to hear a female talk about routes," Newton said, "like ... " -- he gave a long, exaggerated smile and chuckled to himself -- "it's funny."

As he would later admit, the joke was on him. Newton was properly lambasted by the press and social media, admonished by his own league, and dropped as a spokesperson for Dannon yogurt.

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