Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is trying to backtrack after making sexist comments during a podcast appearance in April. Newton attempted to clarify those comments Friday, saying he was "taken out of context."
Newton spoke about those comments in a YouTube video addressing the controversy. The video, which spans just over eight minutes, features Newton sitting at a desk speaking directly to a camera. The video features a few cuts, but Newton is the only person who speaks.
In the video, Newton said he does not have a "sexist mentality."
"I know my heart," Newton said. "I know my intentions. I never once had this sexist mentality. I never had this dictatorship mentality toward women. This mentality that women are beneath me. Because that's completely false."
Newton questioned why people used a small portion of a much longer interview to call him out, implying context was lost without people listening to the entire podcast. He added that he should have gone more in-depth on the topic that received criticism.
"Did I make a mistake by not going into depth of a certain topic? Yes," Newton said. "I should have said, on top of what I also said ... not only should a woman know when to be quiet, a man also should know when to be quiet."
Newton then attempted to explain what he meant. He later called out people for calling him out "when their personal dynamic is not as strong as they are making it out to be." He then asked those critics to highlight all the good he does in the community and with his kids.
Cam Newton in hot water over sexist comments
Newton found himself in trouble following an April interview on the "Million Dollaz Worth of Game" podcast. During that interview, Newton talked about women who "don't know how to allow a man to lead."
“Now a woman for me is, handling your own but knowing how to cater to a man’s needs. Right? And I think a lot of times when you get that aesthetic of ‘I’m a boss b***h, Imma this, Imma that.’ No baby! But you can’t cook. You don’t know when to be quiet! You don’t know how to allow a man to lead,” Newton said.
He said he wasn't a fan of a "bad b***h." Newton later said he did not use that term to degrade women. He said he was referencing a "boss chick."