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The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Posted on: August 24, 2011 5:57 am
Edited on: August 24, 2011 7:20 am
OPENING HIT: I had forgotten about this and was reminded after reading an item in Now, I remember just how arrogantly owner Jerry Richardson behaved when he met quarterback Cam Newton.

Let me explain. In a recent television interview Richardson recalled his interview with Newton. At one point he told Newton: "Do you have any tattoos? He said, ‘No, sir.  I don’t have any.’  I said, ‘Do you have any piercings?’  He said, ‘No, sir.  I don’t have any.’  I said, ‘We want to keep it that way..."

“We want to keep no tattoos, no piercings, and I think you’ve got a very nice haircut," said Richardson.


Richardson's point is: Newton is the face of the franchise and the face of the franchise shouldn't have tattoos or piercings. Some of you will agree with this. Actually, most of you likely will but I find this stunning and part of the trend of football today in which players have decreasing rights from owners and the commissioner.

A dress code is one thing. But telling a grown ass man what he can do with his own body is way over the top.

Newton is a football player, not a head of state. He's not leading Microsoft. He's a freaking quarterback. Who cares if he has his ear pierced?

And let me ask this: how many Panther fans do you think have tattoos or piercings? Or NFL fans in general? I'm guessing it's not an insignificant number. Are Panthers fans who have a tattoo the dirtbags Richardson apparently thinks they are?

But again, this is the era we're in. When an owner can tell a prospect whether or not he can get a tattoo.

Next up for Richardson: he instructs Newton on who he can date.

My hope is that Newton gets a tattoo that reads "Jerry Richardson told me not to get this."

Category: NFL
Tags: Panthers

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:58 pm

Wrong and Right

Freeman is both wrong and right.

He's right in the sense that yes it is wrong to ask Newton to not have any tattoos or piercings.  But it's only because so many of the other players already have tats and piercings, so you can't single out one player and impose that rule on him alone. 

Freeman's wrong that teams shouldn't be able to tell a "grown ass man" what he can't do with his body.  Don't forget, it's a job, a workplace, teams/owners can set whatever standards they want.  If players don't like it, then play for another team.  The Yankees wouldn't let Johnny Damon have a beard.  If a team wanted to, they could say no long hair.  They could say everyone must wear a bow tie on the team bus and airplane.  They could say we are only signing players who don't have tattoos.  It's like any of us - our employers have rules.  Where I work, tats must be covered, no earrings for men, no hats, must be clean shaved.  It's not telling a grown ass man what to do, it's standards at the workplace.  And whether you agree or not, many people thing guys covered in tattoos look like thugs.  If an owner wants his franchise QB to not look like a thug, that's fine with me.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:57 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Next up for Richardson: he instructs Newton on who he can date.

Stay away from the white women!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:54 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

i'm from alabama and this kinda remind me of when i was told not to drink at a certain water fountain

Since: Aug 28, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:50 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

George Steinbrenner wouldn't allow excessive facial hair, beyond a mustache. Never heard much outrage about that.

Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:40 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I have to disagree with you free, this is a business. I work on a sports website where I cannot say or do certian things bc its company policy. This isnt something new, the Yankees have done this for years. Business is business and as the owner of the team he has the right to make certian restrictions. He didnt say he couldnt get one just make it hiden. Cam is suppose to be the face of that orginization now and he wants a clean image. I do not see the big deal in this.
Now players might not want to come and play for an owner like that but the Yankees have not had a problem getting players to play there. Everything you do represents your family, work, and you. If thats what it takes to play a game for millions of dollars then thats what it takes. I do not want to hear many people complain, if you do not want to deal with it I hear McDonalds is hiring.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:40 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Cam Newton is a grown man, playing a game for a team that must conform to league rules just like Newton and the owners. The owner can require coats and ties on the team plane and he can impose sanctions for public misbehavior like public drunkenness, Dui's and sexual assaults. What the player does with own body, on his own time, in or out of the season is his business, unless the act of getting tatted, pierced or physically altered interferes with his ability to play. If owners want to cut players with ink, fine, that's their right. If a guy plays well, other owners with common sense will take advantage of the player's talents. Pro football teams are not schools or institutions of religious instructions or pursuit and are not, strictly speaking employers of the players. They are contractors, free to be a member of a team or not at their discretion. Owners can not demand adherence to a preferred religion any more than they can mandate what a person does to his own body on his own time. The proper image of a football players is a person who respects the game, plays hard within the NFL rule book, obeys laws in public and private behavior and doesn't engage in behavior in public or private that damages the team. Tattoos  are a ubiquitous feature of society, you see them on men and women everywhere.It is strictly a matter of personal tastes As long as the player does his best on the field, is law biding and not criminal, neither you or the owner have the right to put your noses up a players nether reaches. Jerry Richardson takes care of team business, period. Cam Newton can fly to New York and marry a gay lover if he chooses and Richardson can only stew in his own juices, but he cannot forbid or sanction the behavior, unless he simply wants to cut him from the team.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:28 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

look while I agree someone shouldn't be judge on their looks the reality is people are all the time. To put it simple look a denis rodman he never got many endorsements compared to peyton manning's clean cut look. He is actually doing newton a favor if he's clean cut not alot of peircing or tattos he will get alot more endorsements for instance look at tiger woods he had ton's of endorsements all based on him being a great golfer and family oriented type guy, then everyone finds out how unfamily like he really was and all the endorsements are gone. It's also good for newton to look like the all american good old boy since the were serious questions about his behavior in college its good for the image of the team and his pockets. So I just don't see the big deal I guess if your a sports writer you need to write something so you get paid but come on dude who cares.

Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:27 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

the only racist here are you one mentioned race until you did. Calling the author of the article a "small black tool" is racist.

Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:27 pm

cam newton

a huge nFL bust

ryan leaf gonna be

Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:25 pm

based on your comment, you would disrespect your

Based on your comments you would disrespect your employer?

just because a person is a athlete does not exempt them from the rules, but you think so?

go get yourself a Mike Tyson facial tatoo, report to work, see what happens with your arrogant ass

I hope you get a facial tatoo and report to work

thus elominating another arrogant Internet writer who spews crap!

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