ECU student looking to get into sports journalism upset with Newton's comment

Aileen Hnatiuk

GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Cam Newton's controversial remarks to a sports reporter Wednesday has created a lot of buzz on both sides of the aisle.

One East Carolina University student who hopes to be a sports reporter after she graduates this spring expressed her concern at Newton's comment. Aileen Hnatiuk said when she heard Newton laugh at the question from Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue and comment "it's funny to hear a female talk about routes," she felt he could have responded differently.

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"I'm not going to judge somebody because they've never done it before," Hnatiuk said. "They could be studying it they could be doing flag football they could be doing things related to it."

Hnatiuk compared the comments to LaVar Ball, the father of NBA rookie Lorenzo Ball. He told reporter Kristine Leahey to stay in her lane when she questioned him on a radio show. Hnatiuk said she feels it's time to take a stand.

"I think they should say something back and stick up for themselves. I think that they're letting players and these guys that are high on the totem pole walk over them. I don't think that's right," Hnatiuk said.

Hnatiuk said a potential suspension or fine for Newton isn't necessary. She believes he's already done the damage himself. That includes Dannon dropping Newton as an endorser and Gatorade coming out against the words. The NFL also condemned Newton's comments.

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