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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: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:19 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Don't think it had anything to do with racism really. I agree with the guy before me, the thinking that tattoos and piercings are "taboo" is an older view. I'm 29 and grew up with tattoos and piercings, it's become A LOT more socially acceptable nowadays. Yes, Richardson is old school, he didn't MANDATE Newton get no tattoos or piercings.  Reading between the lines, he just prefers his "face of the franchise" to not be all tatted up and pierced. In the end, it's Newton's body. I think he will do whatever he pleases with his body. If Richardson has a problem with him, let him go and he'll play somewhere else. I think this whole article is making a big deal out of nothing.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:19 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

As a tattooed and peirced individual living in wisconsin where a huge percentage percent of people have tattoos;harley davidson mostly, i find this type of narrowminded thinking infuriating. I did live in the south for three years and i do understand where this thinking comes from as ass-backwards as it is. Although i did find the south to be totally offensive all together. The only thing worse than being tatted and pierced in the south is to be a tatted and pierced yankee in the south.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:18 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

obviously you can.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:18 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Can u blame the owner for wanting cam newton to be a face of a franchise.. like peyton manning or eli manning or aaron rodgers, josh freeman, philip rivers.. etc.
Not to generalize people with tats, but im sure that he wants Cam like those guys not like latrell sprewell or allan iverson if u know what i mean. Read bewteen the lines.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:17 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Freeman is being a racist here.  I bet if Richardson had told the same thing to Clausen last year, which he may have, Freeman would not have written an article about it and been whining and crying about it.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:13 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

It's absolutely stunning to me that ANY of you posting here thinks it's OK for an owner to tell someone whether or not they can have tattoos or piercings.  You can tell him he has to cover the ink up or can't wear earrings at games, practicies and official team functions, but you can't tell a guy not to have any tattoos or piercings.  What is he going to do?  Shower inspections?  And "I think you've got a very nice haircut"  What the?!?!?

Hopefully Richardson is just expressing his preference and not an order.

Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:07 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

You have to put our regulations in perspective though.  The only reason we are asked to hide tatts and not have peircings is because our governement doesn't want our military to appear as a band of animals.  Again, this goes back to perceptions of people who get tattoos and have peircings.  I am in no way saying that a boss can't have it in a contract to look a certain way.  I am saying to anyone, who has this dilemma presented to them, you do have a choice.  Cam would have gotten drafted and would have been paid the same amount of money with another team in need of a QB whether he was tatted up or not.  You have a choice.  For me, my issue is the context of the whole discussion.  Granted the only details I know are what is written in this article, but it doesn't take a rocket scinetist to understnad what is being relayed in those words to Cam newton, by Richardson.  He reportedly asks about tatts and hair, and tells him to keep it that way.  I'm paraphrasing but that's the gist of it.  You aren't buying an object you can change, you are paying a plyer for his skills.  If I were to hire Richardson and told him not to have white hair and make it shorter because it makes him appear old and I like it shorter, would that be right?  Is what I want going to affect his skills for whatever I am hiring him for?  This is silly, it goes back to trying to control people based on an old beleif system.  I am white and this is old school white people thinking.  Thank god I am 38 and wasn't raised around racism because it would be difficult to be unbiased had I been.  I can't wait for this mentality to leave our belief structure.  I'm not saying Richardson is an outright racist, so don't get your panties up in a bunch.  I am merely saying his comments and desires are based on an older era mentality from when racial biases were prevelant, and in some cases supported.

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:06 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I don't always(usually) see eye to eye with Freemans points of view.  All of you that are disagreeing with him and giving the "it's his office" or "if you worked in a bank you'd have to conceal them" give me a break.  This is'nt an office or a bank. It's a "game" played at an extremely physical level.  As long as you don't have "true" moral/legal issues, the only thing you get judged on is on the field preformance.
 I don't like the look of some of the NFL/NBA players that have over the top tats, it does'nt stop me from watching games.  It's Cams multi million body he should be allowed to decorate it if he wants.  If he does'nt that's fine too.
The last line is a bit immature though don't you think Mr. Freeman.

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:04 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I think this is blown out of proportion... It's evident that Cam could care less about tattoos given the fact he has survived through high school and college with, what I'm sure is a copious amount of peers, who are avid fans of tattoo/piercings. Mr. Richardson was simply saying, "you've kept it clean thus far, I think you should keep it that way". There's nothing wrong with wanting anybody (players, coaches, GMs, etc) who represent your franchise, who's also been clean throughout their careers, to maintain that consistently clean image. Is every player on the panther team tattooless? Hell no! And I'm pretty sure he doesn't think any less of them. He understands that Having a tattoo doesnt make you any more or less than a man and realizes how judgemental people, especially the media, can be. With that same note, would it be acceptable if Ron Rivera or GM Marty Hurney got sleeve tattoos? Probably not, so why should they be held to a higher standard than that of a player? They're all "grown ass men" and will do as they please despite the presumptions of anyone else. But, they respect their owner and take heed to his opinions. He could be chastised say if he mandated that every Panther player would not be allowed to have piercings and/or tattoos but that is certainly not the case!!

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:02 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

He's paid to play football. The employer can dictate how th employee dresses, but tatoos. What, wa she NOT going to draft him? He drafted Cam for his ability, if I were Cam I'd say just that. Now, if he wants to pay a bonus to keep him tat-free then that's one thing. But are there not other Panthers who have tats and earrings? So this policy is just for Cam? Freeman is right, it was a condescending racially motivated remark from a old school, arrogant, old man with money. Yet the idiots in this country who have nothing, will defend jerks like this forever. That's how stupid middle america is.

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