(Reuters) - Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who had already lost a sponsor for a degrading comment he made to a female reporter, apologized for the incident late on Thursday.

Newton was dropped by sponsor Dannon for the incident when he was asked a question by reporter Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer and smirked before saying: "it's funny to hear a female talk about routes."


He later used Twitter to post a video apology.

"After careful thought, I understand that my word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful to women," Newton said. "If you are a person who took offense to what I said, I sincerely apologize to you.

"I'm a father to two beautiful daughters, and at their age I try to instill in them that they can do and be anything that they want to be.

FILE PHOTO: Sep 24, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) watches the game on the big screen from the sidelines during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

"During this whole process I've already lost sponsors and countless fans, I realize that the joke was really on me. And I've learned a valuable lesson from this."


(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)