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NFL spokesman: Panthers in ‘conversations’ over Cam Newton situation

The fallout from Cam Newton’s sexist remarks about a question from a female beat reporter during a Wednesday press conference not surprisingly has continued into Thursday. However, according to NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart, any potential punishment for Newton due to his comments will come from the Panthers, not the NFL.

“I don’t want to anticipate the league stepping in here,” Lockhart said, via Pro Football Talk.

Lockhart, in a media briefing Thursday, indicated “conversations” are occurring within the Panthers organization regarding the best course of action to take in the wake of Newton’s controversial comments, during which he said it was “funny to hear a female” ask a question about Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess’ route running.

Jourdan Rodrigue, the Panthers beat writer for the Charlotte Observer, was the media member subjected to Newton’s remarks. She weighed in on the ordeal via her Twitter account.

The Panthers later issued a statement of their own.

Lockhart on Thursday reinforced the NFL’s original statement on the matter from Wednesday, where the league condemned Newton’s remarks as “just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league. They do not reflect the thinking of the league.”

“Everyone on this call knows the level of sophistication of our sports journalists,” said Lockhart during the media briefing. “Gender plays no role at all in that. The statement [from Newton] was just wrong, and the people on this call know it is wrong because you have first-hand experience.”

And still, at this point, nearly 24 hours after Newton made his remarks, a personal apology — or at the very least some kind a statement — from the Panthers quarterback remains lacking.