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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 22, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:45 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Mike... This is what's called being a grown up.  I'm an Aerospace Project Engineer.  I'm constantly interacting with customers, executives, etc.  I don't have any tattoos, and I've recently stopped wearing my earrings at work (full disclosure:  I WANT a tattoo, but I will get this on my arm or back where it can't be seen normally).  When you become a professional, looking like a professional comes with the job.

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:45 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Just an old man trying to make sure the world fits his view of it. It's funny when employers take their personal opinions and try to make it company policy. Qualified, skilled employees just ignore it, knowing it has nothing to do with doing a good job.
Sure, this is correct, if you lay tile, hang drywall, work in a warehouse, or cook in a restaraunt, aka jobs that you never face prospecting or current clients. Noone cares about Tattoos on a lineman. You're disqualified and gain inhibitors when you have visible tattoos or piercings when building rapport, mainting a trusting relationship, and prospecting. A tattooed individual typically has a rebellious character, a lack of confidence in their natural self, the lack of respect for their personal image, and identity issues. I say typically, because there are always exceptions, but if these are correct for the typical "tattooed" then any tattooed individual is vicariously labeled from initial perceptions. %7 of communication is the words said, %38 is the tonality of those words (how they are said) and %55 is Body language alone. You can't control the body language of a tattoo or the perception of them from your prospect.  

Since: Jun 5, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:43 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Bottom line is this;

When you work for a company you conform to their dress codes and rules. If you don't want to conform then don't work there.

Cam could have told Richardson in the interview that he will do whatever he wants to do, but he didn't because he wanted paid. Several NFL teams have dress codes that are enforced. Many of these codes dictate how long your hair can be and so on...

Nothing new here or racist...

Just an author lacking a real story so he tries to stir the pot with an opinion hit article. I don't see any bling hanging down from Freema's ears or any tattoos on his neck or forehead. And if he did have do you believe CBS would be publishing his articles on their site. I doubt it would fit with the image CBS wants to portray...much like the Panther's Richardson.

Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:39 am

Good for him. no mre Thugs!

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:34 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

It's Richardson's team and he's the guy signing the paychecks If he says he doesn't want his QB with piercings or tats then so be it. Believe me, if I'm getting millions to play a game for a living and my boss asks/tells me not to do something I'd have no problem with that.

Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:33 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Even though they are paying Cam handsomely, he may have to follow guidelines an regulations.  I too work for an angency that requires we look a certain way, but it applies to EVERYONE...regardless of our salaries!! Steve Smith (WR) was the quote unquote face of the Panthers before Cam and I believe he has both earrings and tats.  I guess Richardson just knows who he can and can't say certain -ish to!! I think the whole tat thing can get out of hand (especially in the NBA) but hey if Cam didnt have it in his contract then how can you limit the guy??

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:33 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

This might be the most ridiculous thing I've ever read.  You actually think that owner's telling players how to look is a new trend?  Have you been living under a rock?

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:33 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I am in no way a stickler for dress codes or "presentation" codes or being professional, I am a designer and artist and wear messy clothes all the time. That said, an owner/boss has every right to hand down rules for how workers present themselves if they feel it is for the betterment of the company. If Freeman showed up with purple hair and a lip-ring, I'm sure his boss would have something to say about it, and we wouldn't see an article saying how stupid it is. What's really stupid here is the disconnect between pro sports and careers in general. They are professionals who WORK for a company. Therefore the company, or the team, can definitely tell their employees what to wear or how, generally, to look and act. We act like these guys play the game, get paid, and have absolutely no responsibility other than that. They are employees, just like you an me, and have a boss who can enact rules. The fact they are millionaire athletes who tend to have tattoos shouldn't change our perception of the employee-employer relationship. If you're complaining about this, where's the article complaining that us desk job folks can't get all the tattoos, wear sweats to work, and have facial piercings?

If it is because its a rich white guy telling this to a young african american, then you are bringing race into it where it most likely isn't necessary. If someone is becoming the face of a franchise, you want him to present himself in a professional manner. end of story.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:31 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Who gives a ****! He shouldn't even be in the NFL!

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:31 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Freeman, you're rediculous. All your articles are "The White Man is taking it away from the Black Man." It makes me sick that you continue to imply these in your writing. We all learned during this "lockout" that the NFL "Is Business." Get off your "decreasing rights" crap. Then to take it as far as saying Richardson "apparently thinks" that all people with tattoos are dirtbags?! Unbelievable. Tattoos are becoming more frequent, but if Cam Newton, or anyone else in any business roll, has to "represent and define" their company and their professionalism, tattoos and piercings are giant barriers in presenting the organization in a positive image. Yes, I'm saying that piercings and tattoos are a negative image. You're a fool to think otherwise. 

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