A Charlotte Observer reporter who accused NFL star Cam Newton of making a sexist comment toward her was reminded that her milk isn’t clean. Jourdan Rodrigue apologized on Thursday for racist tweets she sent in 2012 and 2013.
“I apologize for the offensive tweets from my Twitter account 4/5 years ago,” Rodrigue said in a Twitter statement late Thursday. “There is no excuse for these tweets and the sentiment behind them. I am deeply sorry and apologize.”
Rodrigue sent the racist tweets when she was a college student and intern.
In 2013, she tweeted: “My dad is being super racist as we pass through Navajo land… He’s the best. Racist jokes the whole drive home.”
In another tweet, she referred to NASCAR driver Dale Earnhart as a “bitch ni–a.”
Rodrigue made headlines on Wednesday when she complained that the Carolina Panthers quarterback insulted her knowledge of sports plays.
Newton, 28, was heavily criticized for telling Rodrigue that it was “funny to hear a female” reporter ask a question about passing routes during a press conference on Wednesday.
Black Twitter bombarded Rodrigue’s Twitter feed with retweets, saying she overreacted to Newton’s joke because she is racist.
Charlotte Observer editor Sherry Chisenhall issued a statement regarding Rodrigue’s racist tweets.
“The Twitter posts are regrettable and we wish they hadn’t happened. We don’t condone the posts or the messages they convey. We believe Jourdan is deeply sincere in her apology and regret about those tweets.”
Rodrigue apologized the same day that Newton conveyed his regret about the “sexist” remark in a video posted to Twitter.com.
“The fact that, during this whole process, I’ve already lost sponsors and countless fans — I realize that the joke is really on me,” he said. “I’ve learned a valuable lesson from this.”
He also urged youngsters to “be better than me.”
Do you think Rodrigue is really sincere about her racist comments? Can a racist ever change her stripes?
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) October 5, 2017
— Cameron Newton (@CameronNewton) October 6, 2017