Cam Newton: NFL quarterback apologises for comment to Jourdan Rodrigue
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has apologised for a comment he made to a female reporter.
Newton, 28, said it was "funny to hear a female" talk about football when questioned by Jourdan Rodrigue, a reporter for the Charlotte Observer.
In a video posted on his Twitter account on Thursday, he said: "My word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women.
"If you are a person who took offence then I sincerely apologise to you."
Yoghurt maker Dannon had earlier said it will no longer work with Newton following his remarks.
"During this process I lost sponsors and countless fans. I realise the joke is on me," added Newton.
"Don't be like me. Be better than me."
In a response to Newton's original comments, Rodrigue said in a statement: "I was dismayed by his response.
"I did my job as an NFL beat writer and asked Cam Newton a question. His response not only belittled me but countless other women before me and beside me who work in similar jobs."
"There is no excuse for these tweets and the sentiment behind them," she said.
The NFL condemned Newton's comments as "plain wrong and disrespectful" and "did not reflect the thinking of the league".
What was said?
The Panthers, who play the Detroit Lions on Sunday, held a news conference in which Rodrigue asked Newton: "I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well. Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of these routes and getting those extra yards. Does that give you a little bit of an enjoyment to see him kind of truck people?"
Newton, who smirked while Rodrigue spoke, replied: "It's funny to hear a female talk about routes. It's funny." He then went on to answer the question.
Who is Cam Newton?
The quarterback was selected by the Panthers as the first pick in the first round of the 2011 draft, after winning the 2010 Heisman Trophy.
He became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 400 yards on his debut and went on to become the first rookie to break the 4,000-yard passing mark.
At the start of the 2015 season, Newton signed a contract extension worth more than $100m (£75.8m) and then led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50, where they lost to Denver, but he was named the NFL's most valuable player of the campaign.