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Michael Rapaport has called out “f—boy male reporters” who were up in arms about recent comments made by Cam Newton, which many have called sexist.
During the Carolina Panther’s press conference on Wednesday afternoon, the quarterback laughed at a female reporter when she asked him about wide receiver Devin Funchess: “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes,” he responded to her question.
“Cut to, the feminist movement is in an uproar, they are offended, ‘why would he laugh?’ It’s so disrespectful,'” Rapaport said in a video, posted by Barstool Sports. “Then you got some of the f—boy male reporters saying, ‘that’s not funny, he should know better than that.’ You, f—boy male reporters, you think doing that is going to get you some p—- or some phone numbers? It’s not, OK? You know what he meant!”
Rapaport then went to explain that if he went to a “pantyhose convention,” it would be “a little unusual for me to be asking a question about a pantyhose thread count.”
In a statement to TheWrap on Wednesday night, the female reporter who had asked the question, Charlotte Observer beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue, said: “I did my job as an NFL beat writer and asked Cam Newton a question about one of his receivers. I was dismayed by his response, which not only belittled me but countless other women before me and beside me who work in similar jobs. I sought Mr. Newton out as he left the locker room a few minutes later. He did not apologize for his comments.”
Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said in a statement that he had “spoken with Jourdan and Cam and I know they had a conversation where he expressed regret for using those words.”
Watch Rapaport’s video below.