I follow professional football — not closely — because I am a Tom Brady, Patriots fan.
Mostly, I concentrate on Brady, the greatest living and playing professional football player in the history of the sport, and the Patriots, who are just about the same.
When I saw on television news Cam Newton, a Carolina Panther, apologizing on air for how he treated a female sports writer with things he said that others considered deplorable, I was fascinated.
He’s a bad boy in professional football.
Here is what the female sportswriter said:
“I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well. Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards. Does that give you a little bit of enjoyment to see him truck-sticking people?”
Here is Newton’s reply:
“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like that,” he said. “It’s funny.”
This comment set off a firestorm. These comments were called controversial. The comment was hardly controversial. It didn’t rise to the level of an insult, let alone a crime.
This is an instance of overt political correctness intersects with the harsh reality of the modern world.
Newton discovered again one cannot say anything that has even the slightest connection with misogyny or in this case, with s statement that was very close to the truth.
Dannon Yorgurt dropped Newton as a sponsor and spokesperson.
Gatorade called Newton’s comments objectionable and disrespectful to all women and said they do not reflect the values of the Gatorade brand.
Watching and listening to Newton’s apology for this statement was made all the more excruciating realizing the level of the crime he had committed against women.
What crime? What insult?
Ergo — in the world we live in, most women could not have been insulted by Newton’s rather tepid response to an inside type football question that most men would not understand let alone women who have no knowledge of football — which is a group much larger than those who do understand about football.
This statement might be construed as an insult.
Were all women insulted by a statement that expressed Newton’s belief that not all women could have understood what the female reporter was asking?
I’m a man and a football follower and I didn’t understand what the reporter was talking about.
Should I be insulted that Newton believed all men understood her question (which they didn’t) but that he made the comment about all women not understanding the question?
“Its funny to hear a female talk about routes like that.”
Millions of “females” take little to no interest in professional football and understand almost nothing about the game except its outcome.
In this respect, most “females” are like me.
Why don’t I feel an insult was cast by Newton? Is there something wrong with me? I don’t think so.
Newton has been a bad boy before.
But this imbroglio in the words of the literary great is: ” Much to do about nothing.”
And nothing can be made from nothing — except on television with fake news by our major news outlets.