Cam Newton has taken heat before in his NFL career, but it’s typically been for things like celebrating touchdowns (which we defended) or refusing to answer questions after losing a Super Bowl (understandable, even though it was the wrong decision). This week, though, he turned a new leaf and it’s not a good look.

During the Carolina Panthers regular media availability after practice on Wednesday, a female reporter named Jourdan Rodrigue from the Charlotte Observer asked a pretty routine question Newton’s wide receivers. His response was the laugh at the fact that a woman would ask a detailed tactical football question:

Rodrigue: “I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well. Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes, and getting those extra yards. Does that give you a little bit of enjoyment seeing him truck stick people out there?”

Newton: “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.”

Maybe Newton didn’t see the damaging nature of his comments, but Rodrigue wasn’t amused. Even after she tried to clear the air with him afterwards, the situation didn’t improve.

The follow up conversation was apparently not recorded, but here’s a description of it from the Observer‘s Scott Fowler:

After the news conference, Rodrigue wanted to find Newton and talk about what he said. She did catch up with him briefly. The conversation, according to Rodrigue, was not taped but went something like this.

She asked the quarterback if he really didn’t think a female could understand routes.

Newton said she wasn’t really seeing specific routes when watching the game, she was just seeing if somebody was open. She argued that he didn’t know what she saw nor how hard she had studied football, and that maybe the two of them needed to have a deeper conversation.

Newton said that maybe he should have said it was funny to hear “reporters” talk about routes and that, if she actually did know about them, then she knew more than most reporters. Then he gestured toward the locker room, still filled with her colleagues.

Rodrigue ended by asking Newton – whom she had introduced herself to on the first day of her employment with The Observer in October 2016 – if he knew her name after she had covered the team almost every day for the past year.

Newton said he did not.

“Jourdan Rodrigue, Charlotte Observer,” she said, and then walked away.

A team spokesman later said that Newton had “expressed regret for using those words” in his conversation with Rodrigue. Unfortunately, those claims were immediately refuted by the female beat reporter, who has been covering the team daily for over a year now.

This is all very bad for Newton and the Panthers. It’s quite stupid to believe that a female reporter can’t fathom the X’s and O’s of football. It’s even stupider to call out a female reporter for simply doing her job, and doing it well.