Cam Newton taking heat over comment to female reporter

The star NFL quarterback made a snide comment during a press conference that has led to backlash from fans and sponsors.
1:18 | 10/06/17

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Reporter: Tonight Cal newton apologizing. What I did was extremely unacceptable. Reporter: The fallout was swift. This is my go-to protein snack -- Reporter: Dannon pulling all newton ads, Gatorade calling his comment disrespectful to all women, because of this exchange with a female reporter. Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes. It's funny to hear a female talk about routes. It's funny. Reporter: That reporter, 25-year-old Jourdan Rodrigue, shot back, I don't think it's funny to be female and talk about routes, I think it's my job. Newton drawing sharp criticism for the comment many found to be sexist. Rodrigue also in hot water apologizing for offensive tweets that surfaced this week. If you look at evething that has added up, the domestic violence issues, the national anthem controversy, they're having some trouble@with ratings. This is not something that the NFL needs. Reporter: But the NFL with nearly half its fan base now consisting of women saying the comments are just plain wrong and disrespectful. For "Nightline," I'm Paula Faris in New York.

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