Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is probably not laughing now after losing an endorsement due to making fun of a female reporter.
The Panthers player told a female reporter, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny,” at a press conference this week. After the remark he laughed in a condescending manner at her.
Fans were not pleased with his comment and Oikos yogurt (a Dannon brand) dropped their endorsement deal with him.
Newton has endorsement deals with Under Armour, Microsoft, and Gatorade as well.
In a statement to the press, company spokesperson Michael Neuwirth said, “We are shocked and disheartened at the behavior and comments of Cam Newton towards Jourdan Rodrigue, which we perceive as sexist and disparaging to all women. It is entirely inconsistent with our commitment to fostering equality and inclusion in every workplace. It’s simply not ok to belittle anyone based on gender. We have shared our concerns with Cam and will no longer work with him.”
ikos Yogurt has already pulled Newton ads from its official YouTube page.