Ok, normally I talk about how great it is to explore great places on that 30 Plus Teams Tour of some city to see some sporting event, no matter what it is.
This time, though, I have to speak out on a remark made to one Jourdan Rodrique, who just happens to be female and a reporter covering the Carolina Panthers football team .
She asked one of the players a perfectly honest question about one of his teamates.
No, she didn’t ask which Kardashian was he dating, nor was she asking if the player is going to kneel for the National Anthem .
SHE ASKED A FOOTBALL RELATED QUESTION.
The person who she asked was quarterback Cam Newton , who is not only one of the faces of the National Football League, but a player who a lot of young football fans look out to.
Without getting too technical for you non sports fans, or those of you who read this blog and don’t know that much about American Football, what she basically asked Cam to do was describe his teamates’ physical style of play and running what’s called routes or the quickest way to score points.
You might have thought that Ms. Jourdan was at Comedy Night at the Apollo Theater, not at the weekly Carolina Panthers media day.
For some reason, Newton thought her question was ha ha funny, and even said so.
‘It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.”
It’s too bad no one else found it funny, and it’s even SADDER that not one of her male colleagues had the cajones enough to come to her defense.
Which brings me to why I care .
I was Jourdan Rodrique back in the day.
I had to go into a locker room and interview hockey players.
I can honestly say that I didn’t go through what she went through, even though I had three strikes against me covering hockey.
I was a female , I was American in a sport dominated by Canadians and Europeans.
And oh yeah, I was African American . Not too many of those in hockey.
But not ONCE were any of the players rude nor did they call me out of my name or use the N word.
One player even remarked to a teamate, “Answer her questions because she really knows her hockey.”
We like to think we’ve progressed when it comes to females doing any type of work that’s supposed to be done only by males.
Cam Newton’s reaction to a perfectly football related question asked by a female reporter shows us that we haven’t learned a damn thing.