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."