Cam Newton, quarterback with the Carolina Panthers, has drawn a lot of criticism after laughing at a question from a female reporter at a press conference.

When asked by Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue to assess the development of one of his team-mates and his ability to run physically demanding routes, Newton responded with a giggle.

"It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like — it’s funny," the 28-year-old Newton said in response to a question about wide receiver Devin Funchess.

The reporter was unimpressed, tweeting after the press conference and later releasing a statement where she revealed that Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, refused to apologise.

"I don’t think it’s ‘funny’ to be a female and talk about routes. I think it’s my job," Rodrigue wrote on Twitter.

The Panthers also released a statement, which said Newton had "expressed regret".

"I have spoken with Jourdan and Cam and I know they had a conversation where he expressed regret for using those words," a spokesman said.

"We strive as a department to make the environment for media comfortable for everyone covering the team."

Jourdan is not the first female reporter to experience sexism in the workplace, Austrlaian television journalist Mel McLaughlin was last year asked out for a drink by West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle, who told her "not to blush, baby".

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