Newton was asked a question by reporter Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer and smirked before delivering a response for which he was immediately condemned.

"It's funny to hear a female talk about routes."

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The former NFL MVP was almost immediately dropped by sponsor Dannon for the incident.

He later used Twitter to post a video apology.

"After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women," Newton said.

If you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologise to you.

"I'm a father to two beautiful daughters, and at their age I try to instill in them that they can do and be anything that they want to be.

"During this whole process I've already lost sponsors and countless fans, I realise that the joke was really on me. And I've learned a valuable lesson from this."

The backlash has continued following Newton's controversial comments across the NFL.

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