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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 Profootballtalk.com. 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.

What?

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
 
Comments

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:19 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Really, this is a story? That's the problem with the Internet... anyone feeling compelled to write something does.... In the "old" days, you had to actually pay for ink... Dumb story all around. Until Richardson fires Newton for having a tatoo, it's not a story.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:12 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

It's sad how people STILL put so much emphasis on how a person looks as opposed to thow they perform. 


I think this says it all.  The argument here isn't whether or not it's LEGAL for Richardson to say or act on this.  The issue is that we should be beyond that by now.  




Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:04 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

CBS does not actually pay Freeman.....do they?  Hey Mike, when many die, and you are boss, you can make the rules! Not saying you dont have the right to disagree, only that what you think does not matter to anyone but you.



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:59 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

give us a break richaedson hes a grown man with rights this is not the 60 s



Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:57 am
 

Public image & your job

Some jobs DO get to dictate elements of your public image & personal choices. I'm a teacher at a religious school. What do you think happens if I was seen at or going to a strip club? Of course this raises questions of 'personal freedoms' - but, Cam can always quit. It's his choice. If he owner wants to fire him for a tatoo - so be it. I think it's silly & matters little. I'd be more in support of contract clauses that penalize players for arrests or legal issues. Now THAT would be interesting...



Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:54 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

mikepdx

blah,blah,blah,blah,blah

It's sad how people STILL put so much emphasis on how a person looks as opposed to thow they perform.

And heres a new flash, some people are content with 75k a year if it means they dont have to take it up the brown hole unlubbed so it can seem like they are important or "doing something".

My 75k gets me a new BMW every 5 or so years. It allows me to travel around the world, have a nice home, good food and drink. Nice clothes. But most of all at the end of the day I can say 100% with out a doubt that I am a man of my own will not giving up anything i dont want to. Can you? I doubt it.



Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:53 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

If you want your team to act like professionals, they should look like professionals.  Proper appearance helps instill discipline.  Why do you think the military wears uniforms and has strict appearance standards?



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:50 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Clarification:  So, Richardson was recounting a private interview that he had with Cam.  This is something that he probably should have kept to himself, or just shared that he feels that Cam is a high character "fine young man."  That's all.



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:46 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

This is a tough call.  The answer is in an example:  George Steinbrenner, of blessed memory, former owner of the NY Yankees enforced a strict code of no facial hair and short haircuts.  He acquired Johnny Damon from the rival Red Sox, with whom Johnny was allowed to have the hair style of Sasquatch.  Johnny chose to cut his hair and played ball for the Yanks.

Richardson's mistake was saying this publicly.  This is a conversation that should have taken place privately pre-draft and pre-signing a contract so that both parties knew what they were getting into.  That is the respectful way to handle owner preferences for player appearence and decorum.

Saying this publicly is a bit disrespectful and possibly awkward for Cam, if he wanted tatoos or piercings.  Race is always a factor in our country, unfortunately,  but age and employment status (employer vs. employee) are the main factors here.

Peace out!! and...

Go Dolphins!!



Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:46 am
 

You don't have to be white to be racist

I can expect to get fired if i walk into work with a blue mohawk and ear plugs.
The Boss has every right to make appearance part of his organization's standard as long as the rules are for eveyone - you don't like it, find work elsewhere. this author is a small black tool


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