I think both sides got to walk away with an understanding of how each other felt, McCourty later said.

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It was clear to several, but not all, owners that there was a divide between race, age, class and social stature with the players, and it would be incumbent on owners to try to transcend it, whether they wanted to or not. Smith got a briefing on the players’ meeting with the owners on Wednesday morning as he drove to Cincinnati for a locker room session with the Bengals. He was frustrated. The crisis has been mentally exhausting for some players, taking a toll on their ability to perform their jobs.

Panthers director of communications Steven Drummond said in a statement that he spoke with Newton and Rodrigue and I know they had a conversation where he expressed regret for using those words. We strive as a department to make the environment for media comfortable for everyone covering the team.

Rodrigue said in a statement that Newton did not apologize.

Authentic Womens Kevin Bieksa Jersey This afternoon, I did my job as an NFL beat writer and asked Cam Newton a question about one of his receivers. I was dismayed by his response, which not only belittled me but countless other women before me and beside me who work in similar jobs, Rodrigue said. I sought Mr. Newton out as he left the locker room a few minutes later. He did not apologize for his comments.

According to a Charlotte Observer report, Rodrigue asked Newton afterward whether he thought a woman couldn’t understand receiver routes.

Newton said she wasn’t really seeing specific routes when watching the game, she was just seeing if somebody was open, the Observer reported. She argued that he didn’t know what she saw nor how hard she had studied football, and that maybe the two of them needed to have a deeper conversation.