Sponsor cuts ties with Newton after sexist remark to reporter

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Jeremy Brevard / USA TODAY Sports

Yogurt company Dannon is working to distance itself from Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton following the former MVP's comments toward a female reporter at Wednesday's press conference, according to A.J. Perez of USA TODAY.

"We are shocked and disheartened at the behavior and comments of Cam Newton towards (Charlotte Observer reporter) Jourdan Rodrigue, which we perceive as sexist and disparaging to all women. It is entirely inconsistent with our commitment to fostering equality and inclusion in every workplace. It's simply not OK to belittle anyone based on gender. We have shared our concerns with Cam and will no longer work with him," reads Dannon's statement, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.

After NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Newton's marketing agent Carlos Fleming said the company "is still using Cam Newton in advertising," Dannon clarified the situation.

"The agreement has not been terminated; however, we will no longer work with him and are removing advertising with him in it," a second Dannon release reads, according to James Palmer of NFL Network.

Newton is yet to publicly address the comments, with Rodrigue refuting the Panthers' claim of a private apology between the two sides.