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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: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:04 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

First of all, Richardson is saying that he would disapprove ... not that he is demanding that Cam does not mark up his body.

Second of all ... Newton, for all intents and purposes has been given the reigns to a multi-milliion dollar company. he's the face, the spokesman.  why would Jerry not want him to look clean cut?

honestly, a small inconspicuous tattoo is fine ...anything more and you are starting to look like a convict or gang banger.  you want to pay someone like that 10's of millions of dollars?

hell no



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:03 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

To keep citing other businesses and their respective dress codes is a false equivalence-the examples don't match. Do other businesses have cheerleaders?
 Not really, they are the faces of a franchise and the sport. They see a WHOLE lot of more face time than any normal business man especially some joe schmoe who only gets seen by a hundred people a day. So there would be mroe of a reason to do so to a guy that is seen by millions. I'm all for a good tattoo, defacing your body almost completely is a bad decision no matter how you see it.



Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:03 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

My employer, a Fortune 500 company, says I can't have earrings or long hair either. I have no problem with that. I'm in a customer facing position and do they want some dude with with long hair, earrings, tats on the arm or even a stained collared shirt representing their company? Of course not. They are paying my salary, just like Jerry is paying Cam's far more lucrative salary, so I don't see a problem with it. And someone else mentioned the Yankees policy about no facial hair. Is anyone complaining about that? That's more ticky-tac IMO than telling someone not to get tattoos or earrings.



Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:02 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I don't know Jerry Richardson or what really makes him tick, but Mike Freeman's high school freshman mindset ("telling a grown ass man what he can do with his own body is over the top") doesn't say much for the writer. 

Wake up, dude!  This is Newton's employer.  The one who is paying him millions of dollars.  If his dress code includes no piercings and no tatoos, then that's the way it is.  If he doesn't like it, well, there's always the CFL. (I know.  It's a bitch that he's stuck in a multi-million dollar per year job with few real options on employer selection.)  If a teacher starting at $35,000. a year is subject to such expectations, then Newton (at 160 times that pay) can be too. 

This is not without precedent.  Professional athletes have often been expected by some employers to wear their hair short, shave, etc. (think Johnny Damon as a new Yankee)  I'd imagine Newton isn't America's only professional athlete who has been asked to go without tats or piercings, either.

So, Mike, whether it's a personal problem with Richardson or just a slow news day, as 9th grader might say, get a real problem.



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:00 am
 

No Vader, another way to look at it is....

....to see that football is in the entertainment business, it's an entertainment endeavour and fall outside of the normal mores, that normal businesses impose on their employees. I just wrote it and I'll write it again-this is a sport in which MEN IN COLORFUL UNIFORMS, HELMETS AND BRIGHT SOCKS RUN AROUND TACKLING AND HITTING EACH OTHER WITH THE IDEA OF ADVANCING OR STOPPING THE ADVANCE OF A LEATHER BALL.

It is not, therefore, another business-your analogy to a doctor's office and dress codes is false.



Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:55 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Disagree...be your own man Cam and live how you want.  If you are a respectable nice person who knows how to conduct himself in a interview and on the field then people will pay you no matter what you look like.  Thank god you're not an outstanding football player who is deformed, they might not let you post-game interview and keep you locked up in a cage... "I am not an animal"



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:54 am
 

Some of you white dudes are TOOOO sensitive.

You can as upset as you please at the mention of the words "race", "white", "black", and "racial implications", but it is what it is-SOME white fans forget that football is a SPORT in which men in colorful uniforms run around tackling each other. To keep citing other businesses and their respective dress codes is a false equivalence-the examples don't match. Do other businesses have cheerleaders? Mascots? So to keep saying "well, in my business", "at my job", is to use false analogies and equivalences, because football IS NOT your job or your business, as it were.

Oh yeah, and this super-sensitivity that whites have toward any mention of any racial angle or aspect of any story-well....get over that or don't, but this how YOUR race made it, not mine-so don't get mad. YOUR race is the one that set up this society and demarcates issues by race-not mine....grow up.



Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:53 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Wow, Monty88, way to prove Jerry's point.  Whether you like what Jerry said or not is completely irrelevant.  Unless you happen to get into a job where you can work from home or you go into business for yourself it is likely that you are going to face a dress code.  Don't like it?  Tough.  Don't let the door hit you on your way out.

Another way to look at it is lets say you are a doctor of some kind and I go into your office.  I see you with your tatoos and your piercings and looking completely unprofessional...I'm not coming back.  I'm not going to even let you see me because I want someone that looks the part.  You might be the best doctor in the world but, like it or not, you are judged by your appearance.  Is it right?  No, but the truth is the truth.

At one point in my life I felt the same way that you did.  However, I grew up and realized that there's a reason that certain dress codes are in place.  There are reasons why certain looks and behaviors are not tolerated in a work environment.  As someone who hopes to go into business for himself some day, I would prefer to have clean cut and professionally dressed employees working for me.  They are supposed to represent my company and be the face the customer sees on a day to day basis.  I certainly don't want to have slobs working for me with hair hanging in their faces and tatoos and piercings every where.  It's not professional, period.

You strike me as the type that would proclaim to be "non-conformist."  You do realize the irony in being "non-conformist" right?



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:53 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Kind of kills your credibility as a writer when you use the phrase "grown ass man." Really?

I have to chime in with those who mention the Yankees and their policy of no facial hair... that's part of the body and I don't hear anybody up in arms about that. It's simple. One guy has a company, you want to work for him, he has rules that he expects his employees to abide by, you want to get paid, so you follow them. No big whoop... move on.




Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:52 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

This is an ignorant response and counterproductive.  If you have a legitimate arguement on the subject cool, but right now, you're taking up our oxygen.  America wouldn't be what it is today without our fortunate and unfortunate history so lets get off that ignorant thinking that people belong elsewhere.  If that were the case we're all foreigners and should all leave except for the American Indians.  I feel sorry for me because I'm German/Russian/Norwegian.  Although, Norway has some pretty hot chics, I hear...


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