Cam Newton apologises for "degrading and disrespectful" comment

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton issues an apology for an "extremely degrading and disrespectful" comment he made to a female reporter.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has apologised for a comment he made to a female reporter that was perceived as sexist.

The 28-year-old smirked and claimed that it was "funny to hear a female" talk about American Football when questioned by Jourdan Rodrigue, a reporter for the Charlotte Observer.

In a video posted on his Twitter account on Thursday, Newton 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.

"During this process I lost sponsors and countless fans. I realise the joke is on me. Don't be like me. Be better than me."

The Panthers will take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

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