Days after Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton caught heat for scoffing at a female journalist's questions about the passing routes of wide receiver Devin Funchess at a Wednesday press conference, a proud dad in New Jersey shared a speech by his daughter on Twitter that could bring any quarterback to their knees.
In the video, Reese, 7, is holding up diagrams of several different types of routes – and slips in one drawing of her own, a unicorn – and lays it all out, curtly, to Newton.
"This one's called a comeback route ... this one's called a flat because it goes a little up and over," she says, as if talking to a younger sibling, while holding up hand-drawn diagrams with the routes named in black marker.
Her long hair pulled back in a ponytail with curls springing out, she illustrates a point for clarity when describing a “curl.”
"This is a curl. My hair curls when it rains ... This one's called a dig. This is a unicorn. It's a very good unicorn."
Most adorably, she’s in an oversized Philadelphia Eagles jersey. (Her dad told NBC 10 Philadelphia he’s a season ticket holder.)
The controversy began when Panthers star Cam Newton told a sports reporter, Jourdan Rodrigue, "It's funny to hear a female talk about routes."
Rodrigue, who writes for The Charlotte Observer, covers the Panthers extensively as their beat reporter. Newton followed his jab with what many interpreted as a disgusted grimace, adding, “It’s funny.”
Eagles fan Eric, Reese's dad, thought the only thing that was funny was a famous football player suggesting women can’t follow the technical aspects of the game. (The family asked NBC that their last name be withheld.)
Eric told the station he's always annoyed when people look down on female fans. He said he even learned the game from his mom.
Newton's comments spread widely and in response to queries, Rodrigue tweeted later that day that she didn't think it was "funny" to question the player. "It's my job," she wrote.
That night even the NFL decried Newton's remarks. “The comments are just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league ... they do not reflect the thinking of the league," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told NBC Sports.
Then on Thursday Newton lost a sponsor when Dannon cut ties with the player, at which point the Panthers coach admitted, “Cam made a mistake.”
That same day, Newton posted an apology video on his own Twitter account.
Reese's video went live on Friday and is already a viral sensation, with 3,500 retweets.