Cealey’s Ideas: Ladies speaking sports activities is not ‘humorous’


Cam Newton is in huge hassle for what he stated to a feminine sports activities reporter.

KUSA – I discover it becoming that my first time in studio right here at 9NEWS is to speak about what I do for a dwelling, as a result of apparently individuals like Cam Newton assume it is comical when ladies speak about sports activities.

This is what occurred:

“I do know you’re taking a number of satisfaction in seeing your receivers play properly,” Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer requested Cam Newton through the Panthers’ Wednesday press convention. “Devin Funchess has appeared to actually embrace the physicality of those routes and getting these additional yards. Does that offer you somewhat little bit of an enjoyment to see him sort of truck individuals?”

Newton responded by saying “It is humorous to listen to a feminine speak about routes, like … it is humorous.”

Cam ultimately answered the query however I truthfully did not look after what he stated after that.

You see, I have been a sports activities reporter for 5 years now, overlaying the whole lot from log rolling to the NFL. However lengthy earlier than I made a decision to turn into a sports activities reporter on the age of 17, I used to be an athlete.

My sport was soccer however within the low season, I had to decide on one thing else to remain in form. My selection?

Flag soccer.

It is a varsity (and JV) sport in my residence state of Florida with greater than 200 women making an attempt out yearly.

We have now a daily season, a publish season, and yeah, we run routes identical to the boys do.

We do not deal with and it isn’t 11-v-11, however it’s legit. Belief me and my completely disfigured finger.

However my soccer previous is not seen to somebody like Cam Newton and what he noticed as we speak was a lady asking him a query. No matter it being a great query, her gender was one thing he needed to level out.

To be trustworthy, I am not likely mad at Cam — I am simply disenchanted.

He is been within the league since 2011 and he is been enjoying soccer for principally his whole life. But I assume he failed to understand the numerous variety of feminine sports activities reporters that encompass him day-in and day-out.

Consider me once I say, these ladies didn’t get their jobs simply due to their appears, however due to what’s up right here (head). It is also fairly darn robust to make it to a sports activities market like Charlotte with out placing in plenty of exhausting work.

And I am going to additionally allow you to in on somewhat business secret — a lot of the male reporters in that room have by no means ran a route of their life. However as a result of they seem to be a dude, they typically get a cross.

His remark and feedback like his are bothersome however certainly not are they new. I’ve witnessed this and handled it firsthand my whole profession as have a lot of the ladies in my career.

So will he write an apology? I do not know.

And I do not know if an apology will soften the blow again he is rightfully taking over social media proper now.

However what I do know is that ladies in sports activities journalism won’t let some remark from a franchise quarterback convey them down.

They will simply proceed to do their jobs. 

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