Blog Entry

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: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:00 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

sounds like the same thing the Yankees do with facial hair....mustache only.  owners can do what they want since they are, ya know, the owner.




Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:59 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

But telling a grown ass man what he can do with his own body is way over the top.
This may be the dumbest article I have ever read. Cam Newton has the right to do whatever he wants with his body, no argument there but Jerry Richardson also has the right to tell the grown ass man to hit the road if he can't abide the rules on Jerry Richardson's team (Not Cam's team, not the fan's team because they don't OWN it). 


 



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:54 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

He is the ower so he gets to decide how he wants his office to look like.  If you work at a bank and you boss says you need to wear a shrit and tie you do it, If you work for an upscale restaurant and the owner of that restaurant wants you to have a nice hair cut and wear clean new shoes you do it.  The owners of these teams should be able to run them however they see fit.



Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:52 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Are you kidding me?!  Grandma, is this you?  Did you sneak out of the 19th century again get online and send another dumb statement.  Darn it grandma, I told you, black people can vote and go to our schools now.  Also, hookers and bikers are nice people too.  Now granny, get off the puter and go back to your cave where you prefer to live.  It's perfect for you since it has no concept of evolving as people without judgement.

It's a good thing we evolved passed the days of moses and jesus, I would look terrible in a toga!



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:48 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Exactly why he should stay tat free.  Be a leader, not a follower!  I applaud Cam Newton for a decision he will appreciate in his later years. The bruises he may carry from an NFL career will look better than the smeared ink others will carry for life.




Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:48 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

First of all, Freeman is an idiot.  Now that I have that off of my chest, I can't see how people feel that Cam Newton's BOSS doesn't have the right to establish a protocol for appearance for his employees.  This is a BUSINESS, and in the BUSINESS world, your appearance and professionalism matter.  Your employer can prohibit visible jewelry, body art, etc if they feel doing so will be beneficial to the organization.  I love how athletes want to call it a business when they hold out, when they demand more compensation for their duties, etc- but the business analogy gets thrown out the window when they want to be insubordinate (showing up late for meetings, violating team rules, etc) or when they act like total idiots (Attention Zach Randolph).  

Freeman, a "Grown ass man" can act and dress as they want on their personal time, but an employer can create the parameters at work- even on a football field. 



Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:46 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Dumbest article i have ever read.  Seriously if sportsline was dumb enough to post this aricle to its web then i may have to use another site for FFootball because espn would never post this article. 



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:43 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

While I was in the Military, you had to abide by regulations. Some of these regulations inculded, puting in a formal request before I can get a tattoo, mandated hair cut styles I can use, etc. So Cam gets paid millions to be the face of a franchise playing a game, while we in the miltary get paid peanuts but are the face of our country. I'd say Cam can suck it up and play by the rules.



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:43 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

First of all, I have several tatoos, and though I don't sport the earings anymore both of my ears are pierced. That being said, my tats are concealed by normal clothing and I have refrained from getting a few where they would be more often seen. That's more of a personal choice than anything. I am a buiesness man who oversees dozens of employees at any given time, and we do have some rules about what image they portray. I'm fairly lax on these rules, and don't ask all of them to wear long slevees or an ace bandage to cover up ink, but there does have to be some descretion. However, I pay these people anywhere from $8/hr up to $60,000/yr to work 40-50 hours a week year round. If I were paying my investment (which IS what an NFL player is from a buisness standpoint) $12M/yr, I would reserve the right to ask them to uphold an image I set forth. Now, my version of that image and Jerry's may differ, but it's the same priciple. I ABSOLUTELY don't agree with his need to make that a public statement, though. "I own him and he'll do what I tell him, when I tell him" is what I take away from an interview like that, and it is demeaning, uncalled for, and completely unnescisary.

Ask what you will of your players...you certainly pay them enough to request that, but don't flaunt it. It just makes you look like a tyranical dictator. And no one wants to go to work for one of those.



Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:41 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Tattoos are for sailors, bikers, and hookers. Women should never deface their beautiful bodies with tattoos.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com