Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue issued an apology after BlackSportsOnline uncovered a tweet from years ago where she wrote the N-word. The tweet was written when she was in her early 20s. She is now 25 years old.

The publication noted the hypocrisy that Rodrigue wanted an apology for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton saying something sexist when she had written something racist in the past. Still, BlackSportsOnline noted, it didn’t excuse Newton’s comment.

Rodrigue’s original tweet was deleted, but screenshot of the message still exist online. Because, as most know all-too-well, nothing can permanently be scrubbed from the internet. “The earth moves at +450 mph that’s 10 times than NASCAR. Dale Earnhart’s a b---- n----,” she said. 

In another series of tweets, she talked about racist jokes being funny. “He’s the best. Racist jokes the whole drive home,” she wrote. “My dad is being super racist as we pass through Navajo land.”

Some people called for Rodrigue to get fired, accusing her of being racist.

She promptly issued a mea culpa, but did not write what she did wrong. “I apologize for the offensive tweets from my Twitter account from 4/5 years ago. There is no excuse for these tweets and the sentiment behind them. I am deeply sorry and apologize,” she wrote.

While she said her tweets were from years ago, she poked fun at Newton in May. “Cam Newton as… Mr. Peanut,” she wrote.

Rodrigue made headlines Wednesday after she asked Newton about his football strategy. He grinned when Rodrigue said “routes” and let out a giggle. When Rodrigue finished her question he said, “It's funny to hear a female talk about routes. Like, it's funny.”

But Rodrigue wasn't laughing. “I don't think it's ‘funny’ to be a female and talk about routes. I think it's my job,” she wrote Wednesday.

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