Having now received an apology from Cam Newton, Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue has had to issue one of her own. The reporter, who covers the Carolina Panthers and was involved in what some called a sexist exchange with the quarterback during a press conference Wednesday, says she is "deeply sorry" after Black Sports Online discovered years-old racist tweets on her Twitter account. A racial slur was used in one May 2013 tweet, while two others described her enjoying racist jokes, reports USA Today. "My dad is being super racist as we pass through Navajo land," she tweeted in December 2012. Then, the following August, "He's the best. Racist jokes the whole drive home," the tweets read.
The Charlotte Observer reports the tweets were written when Rodrigue, 25, was in college. Rodrigue apologized in a Twitter statement Thursday, noting, "There is no excuse for these tweets and the sentiment behind them." Also Thursday, Newton apologized for his comments to Rodrigue, who had asked Newton about football routes only to have him tell her, "It's funny to hear a female talk about routes." In a video posted to Twitter Thursday, Newton said, "I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women. To be honest, that was not my intentions. If you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you." Newton lost his yogurt gig over the comments.