Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton faced backlash this week when he told a female beat writer he found it “funny” to hear her discuss routes.
As part of the fallout, the star quarterback lost Dannon as a sponsor.
Newton released a video Thursday on Twitter apologizing for his “extremely degrading and disrespectful” comments.
“After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women,” said Newton. “And to be honest that was not my intentions. If you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you. I’m a man who tries to be a positive role model in my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others. I take ownership to everything that comes with that, and what I did was extremely unacceptable.”
Newton noted that he is a father to two girls and he wants to inspire them to be anything they want to be.
“[D]uring this whole process I’ve already lost sponsors and countless fans, I realize that the joke is really on me and I’ve learned a valuable lesson from this,” he added.
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