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Have you been wondering what former Seahawks third-round pick John Moffitt has to say about the sexist Cam Newton reaction to a female reporter? No? Me neither.

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Like most of you, I forgot who he was and needed a Google refresher to be reminded of his career in Seattle and his apparent affinity for public urination. Perhaps he knows no one has thought of his short, uninspired career since he retired four years ago; that may explain why he outdid anything Newton could have said to get our attention.

In a bizarre Facebook post on Sunday, Moffitt wrote:

Women don’t know football- most guys barely do. Stop coming into male spaces and demanding respect.. guys care about the substance of things not the [sic] appearence. Just because networks like a sexy sideline reporter for you to look at doesn’t mean cam is sexist for questioning the authenticity of her game knowledge- he was laughing because she was fed that question like most of her kind are. If women are so knowledgeable with a game they can’t play let them do play by play or color commentary.. but no, and women don’t even see that it’s not cam but the network that’s sexist, or just can’t lie about the truth. Women don’t really know the game- they are incapable. Yet in this society where a women can do anything a man can do and men can do nothing this is a rock and a hard place. Personally, I thought it was funny too!

Quite the neanderthal.

After he received some backlash, he wrote: “if it didn’t make sense or hit a nerve, it wouldn’t get attention”. Uhm, it did hit a nerve, but not the one Moffitt thinks.

No one was wondering what Moffitt thought about the Newton saga. But now that his sexism is spreading, we should briefly address it: he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. This is a third-rate offensive lineman who quit the sport because his opponents hit him too hard. I know plenty of women — one in the office next to mine — that knows more about the sport than this guy ever will.

I’m not one for accepting political correctness and I’m OK with someone pushing the envelope when they have a good point to make. I imagine his defenders, if there are any, will try to claim he’s just telling it how it is, political correctness be damned. Not so much. Moffitt isn’t making a good point. It’s just a string of baseless stereotypes forming a barely coherent thought and it plays into silly and offensive pretenses that should be dismissed as ludicrous the second you talk to any of the smart women who work in sports journalism.

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