(Photo via Twitter – @JourdanRodrique)

After Jourdan Rodrique asked Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton a question about one of his receivers running routes and Newton responded with a laugh, the female beat reporter for the team found herself in the middle of headlines on Thursday. After the incident, Rodrique initially tweeted to defend her stance:

The viral post brought attention to her Twitter page, and thanks to the “advanced search” option on the website, she too was exposed for making insensitive remarks. The 2014 Arizona State graduate had offensive tweets re-posted by other users from 2012 and 2013. Her dad made racists jokes while riding through Native American land:

She also trash-talked Dale Earnhardt Jr. using the N-word.

Rodrigue’s old post shows a level of hypocrisy. She was offended by Newton making a joke about her asking about routes, but she tweeted that she enjoyed listening to her father making racist jokes about Native Americans.

This doesn’t mean that Newton’s comments were any less offensive. Rodrique’s a professional at one of the most respected newspapers in the country and she should be treated as such.

However, Rodrique is no better than Newton. These tweets didn’t come from her developing days of middle school or high school; these tweets were posted a couple of years before she graduated college. So since she was an aware young adult at the time, she deserves all of the criticism she’s receiving, as well. Both parties apologized for their previous comments on Thursday. See the apologies on the next page.

Rashad Milligan

Rashad Milligan is a news reporter at the Douglas County Sentinel. He used to be the sports editor for Georgia State's student newspaper, The Signal. He placed first in the 2017 Southeast Journalism Conference Onsite Competition for Sports Reporting. He has also been featured on NBA.com and A3C.com

  • SAMUEL

    Professional athletes need to be cognizant of questions being ask by reporters Male or female. You have to conduct yourself like a professional on and off the field. Cam Newton gave Danon Yogurt an out with his sexist comments and they completely took advantage of it. He should of nipped it in the bud earlier than what he did.

    • Thee BossLadi

      There’s always a reason/excuse that says WE should know better or get what we deserve. Where’s this same reason/excuse for those that put US in the position to have to respond/do the things we do/say. I’m offended by her tweets, why isn’t she being removed from her post.

  • SpiceGirl

    what is done in the dark will some day find light……

  • Msknoitall

    I’m offended by her…she needs to be relieved of her duty!

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