Charlotte Observer journalist Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton about his teammate Devin Funchess, including "the physicality of his routes" and his "truck-sticking," to which Newton replied: "It's funny to hear a female talk about routes … It's funny." He then added that the wide receiver “Fun is coming along, man. This is a big game for him."
Rodrigue tweeted afterward that "I don't think it's 'funny' to be a female and talk about routes. I think it's my job," and others agreed: Newton's remarks promptly propelled his name into the top online trends, with many commenters calling his words sexist.