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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: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:10 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I 100% agree JK!!!!



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:10 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

"this author needs to go to college, or return the assocaites degree he's stolen."

RACIST!




Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:09 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

'grown ass man' this author needs to go to college, or return the assocaites degree he's stolen.



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:09 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

RACIST!




Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:09 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Yawn...there's a good chance Richardson's comments were racially motivated since black men represent the majority of tattoo and ear ring wearing men. How is being an athlete in a PROFESSIONAL league/business and different from the guy working at any other private business? Virtually every working professional has a dress code. DEAL WITH IT.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:09 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

...haven't the Yankees been doing this for years?  I mean, Jerry Richardson comes off more and more like the crotchety old man sitting on his porch yelling at kids to get off of his lawn each time he talks, but this isn't exactly without prescident.



Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:07 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

So it's okay for Yankees to have their codes of dress and appearance but not for an owner of the Panthers to have the same?





Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:05 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I'm honestly torn on this.

  • 1)  The freedom-loving rebel in me says "there's nothing wrong with tattoos or earrings, who cares?"  Really, if you are placing morality/immorality on a tattoo or earring, you're probably over 50. Now, what the tattoo says, that's another matter.  That would determine whether the tattoo is one you'd want or not want. That being said, as an American, my first reaction is "my company can not tell me what I can or can not do outside of work.
  • 2)  That being said...  NFL players WANT to consider themselves partners with management.  If you want to be part of the ownership, be treated like ownership, get paid like ownership, then you need to follow the rules of ownership.  In other words, owners play the politically correct role.  Owners give up any potentially negative aspects of their lifestyles (or do their best to hide them) so as to not offend the customers.
  • 3)  Another thing to consider:  What does his contract say?  Did he sign it?  If so, then, sorry, no tattoos or earrings.  You are GETTING PAID to not wear earrings and get a tat or tats.
  • 4)  In the specific case of Cam Newton:  who knows if he even wants a tattoo?  As someone said below, I think it's a bit stereo-typical to assume he wants one.  What if he doesn't anyway?  Then this becomes a complete and total non-issue, anyway.

    So then, the question becomes a personal one, better left to Cam Newton and Richardson. They both seem happy, nor have either complained about this situation.  So why an article?  Oh now wait...not CREATING issues would seem to put writers out of jobs!  Tongue out



Since: Jun 20, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:05 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Newton knows what to do now, if he wants to get traded.



Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:03 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Panthers, like all the NFL teams, are a private company.  Management can place all of the restrictions they want on their employees.  If the employees do not want to abide the organizational statutes, they can quit.


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