Free-agent quarterback Cam Newton was a trending topic on social media on Monday, after he made a series of disparaging remarks about women during a recent podcast appearance.
The 32-year-old former Panthers and Patriots quarterback revealed some decidedly conservative stances on relationships and gender roles on Barstool's "Million Dollaz Worth of Game" podcast with hosts Gillie Da Kid and Wallo267.
“I had a perfect example of what a man was in my life, by my father," Newton said. "My parents have been together for 36, 37 years now, and it’s a beautiful thing.
“I grew up in a three-parent household -- my mom, my father, and my grandmother. And I knew what a woman was. Not a 'bad bitch.'”
Asked to expound, Newton complained about women who don't know how to let a man lead.
"A bad bitch is a person who's just, 'Girl I'm a bad bitch, I'm doing this, I'm doing that. I look the part, but I don't act the part.' It's a lot of women who are bad bitches -- and I say bitches in a way not to degrade a woman, but just to go off the aesthetic of what they deem as a boss chick.
"Now, a woman for me is, handling your own but knowing how to cater to a man's needs. And I think a lot of times when you get that aesthetic of, 'I'm a boss bitch,' it's like you know, you can't cook. You don't know how to be quiet. You don't know how to allow a man lead."
Newton has previously expressed sexist attitudes on at least one other occasion.
In 2017, he was criticized after he appeared to dismiss a female journalist from the Charlotte Observer. The reporter used the phrase "embracing the physicality of routes" while asking Newton a question.
“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like, it’s funny,” Newton answered.
Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, is again a free agent after a midseason reunion with the Panthers last season. He played for the Patriots in 2020.
His latest remarks were met with condemnations on social media: