Cam Newton apologizes for sexist remark made to female reporter

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton told his young fans "don't be like me."

    Story highlights

    • Cam Newton says his words were "degrading & disrespectful"
    • Quarterback has been condemned by NFL
    • Newton has also lost a sponsor as a result

    (CNN)Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said the "joke is on me" as he apologized for a sexist remark he made to a female reporter.

    The 28-year-old has lost a sponsor, been condemned by the NFL and attracted intense criticism from around the world for the comments he made at a news conference Wednesday when a reporter, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer, asked the player about the passing routes of receiver Devin Funchess.
      "It's funny to hear a female talk about routes," was Newton reply, laughing and smiling before repeating that it was "funny."
        Rodrigue said later on Twitter: "I don't think it's 'funny' to be a female and talk about routes. I think it's my job."
        One of Newton's sponsors Oikos yogurt said Thursday in a statement that it was "shocked and disheartened" by the quarterback's behavior and would no longer be working with him, while the NFL said Newton's comments were "plain wrong and disrespectful."