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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: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:48 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Employee dress and grooming codes exist in all jobs.   Even the most outlandish over the top jobs can have standards.  This is not some injustice.  All employers can tell their employees how to dress and groom.  If the employee does not like it, he or she can resign.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:48 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

If you work for a big comapny, they have very similar dress codes.  Take a big bank for example, can't have tattoos showing (cover them up), men cannot wear earrings and have to be clean cut (can have a beard, but must be groomed, hair has to be neat and orderly).  Why can't the NFL owner, who pays this guy much more than this bank pays me have a similar request?  If he doesn't like, get another job.  The owners put up a lot of money to run these clubs and the athletes think they should own the franchise just because they play a sport for the owner.  Goes back to the whole holdout issue.  The players make alot of money, but should be happy they make what they do.  Wait until attendance drops because everyday people cannot afford the tickets, the owners will get their money (that's what rich people do), the players will be broke and looking for a job flipping burgers.  You are the face of a multimillion, if not billion $ franchise, get on board, play your part, make your millions, then when you retire do whatever you want to. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:45 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

What does it say in his contract?  End of story.

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:45 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

This is one of the silliest things I have read lately, rigjht up there with the Thayer Evans article about Cam being put in time out in elementary school! If he wanted tattoos or piercings, I rhink he would already have them, and I don't think people who don't know him should assume that he wants them. At Auburn he seemed to go more for the preppy look, and he seems ro be a sharp dresser. It's not as if he has said he wanted a tattoo and Mr. Richardson told him he couldn't get one. I have read that his high school coach had a dress code for the players and instilled in them the importance of dressing for success. Assuming that a young black man desires tattoos is borh age and racial stereotyping

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:44 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

It's interesting that this converstation has somehow decided to correlate morality with tattoos and earrings... I'm sad for all of you who jump to that conclusion.  Then again I see rampant racism, hatred and a general lack of morality all over this site.  And those are usually the first types of people to jump on someone else's character or morality.  So I guess I shouldn't be too surprised.

Since: Oct 21, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:41 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

its between employer and employee.  not a big deal and none of our business.

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:39 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

The last thing Jerry Richardson will be worried about in a couple of years will be whether or not Cam Newton has tattoos or piercings. Much more troubling to him will be the millions of dollars he will know by then that he had thrown away on yet another spread formation SEC QB who can't read defenses.

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:37 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I think if the Panthers are paying this guy millions of dollars they should be able to set some standards in the way be looks. You say they don't own his body, yet fire fighters are not allowed to smoke even when they are not on the clock. At my job the company has disciplines people for posting stuff on facebook on their own time from the comfort of their own home. If businesses are allowed to get involved in our personal lives then why should the Panthers not be allowed to get involved in Newton's?

I think its important to know that a lot of pro football players act like animals and do things that lead to the public humiliation of the team than drafted them. Looks to me like Richardson is just trying to keep a tight leash on his players. In my opinion thats a good thing.  

Since: Mar 31, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:36 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

This reporter has obviously not worked for a "boss" or a company. ANY company has every right to say: You can't wear such and such, or you can't do such and such. The NFL is no different. Heck, look at the NY Yankees....they made Johnny Damon trim his hair and beard when they signed him, so what's the difference. The answer is: NONE!!! Way to go Mr. Richardson, I wish there were more people like you in the world.

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:35 am

One Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Some of you people are insane. He is not trying to control Cam in any way. Say Cam goes out and get inked today and buys a pair of golf ball size diamond errrings. You think Jerry Richardson keeps him from starting or playing a game from here on out?? Will he be fined by the organization?? Has a blind man not ever trip up?? Noo!! What's wrong with maintaining that traditionally clean QB image? Name 1 HOF QB that's tatted...

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