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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: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:50 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Newton is going to be the face of the franchise, Richardson just needs to have it in the contract.  It's funny when Frieman said he's "not a head of state".  I wish our current head of state could grow the...  it takes to lead a team.  I'm suprised Newman has done as well as he has, I didn't think he had a chance this year.  He's a nice looking man - no I'm not a gay white guy - listen to your boss Cam and you will be ringing in the endorsements.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:50 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Sorry, Freeman, you're off base here.  Way off base.

There are alot of things that people "want".  Jerry wants Cam to portray the far more profitable far more marketable squeaky clean image.  Cam wants a starting job and millions upon millions (upon millions) of dollars to play a game.

Noplace in this article did you indicate in any way that Richardson made a demand.  There's nothing of a contract issue, nothing of an insistence.

If you put it in a contract, hey, it's there - but there'd be compensation for it, and even then Cam would need to sign it.  And let's be blunt here - if such a contract were presented, the NFLPA would go nuts over it.

Let it go, it's no big deal.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:48 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

If this is part of his contract requirements and Cam signed it then the owner has every right to expect it.  If it not in contract then Cam can choose if he wishes to get on the wrong side of the guy writing his paycheck, then Cam may suffer consequences.  That's just life.

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:46 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Your an idiot!  Race had nothing to do with this article. 

Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:45 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Piss poor arguement...  You work for a bank!  I was in the Marine Corps for 13 years and had standards I had to adhere to.  It's all about perceptions and professionalism.  I'm not saying Richardson can't tell his players this, I am saying it's wrong and from an era where being gay or black was wrong.  I agree, if you work in a professional setting then yes, those things you can dictate because you are basically an ambassador to the company.  However, this is football!  Football players can be permanentaly deformed from football and people Richardson would cast them aside because they can't play anymore.  Now you want to tell a football player you can't enjoy life the way you want to?  Nah, I totally disagree.  This is my beleif, if you lay your physical body on the line for your company, you should be able to do to it what you want, as long as it doesn't effect your purpose for that business.  This whole no tattoo or earings in the professional envirnoment is based on one thing.  Customer perception of that company.  If you walk into a "bank" lets say, and you see a bunch of emo people with tatts and earings, you most likely won't do business with them.  I see the point in that environment.  THIS IS FOOTBALL!  People aren't going to stop liking Cam, if he ever develops into a good QB which is a totally different discussion, just because he has earings or tatts.  That's like saying, a tattoo parlor's employee staff shouldn't be tatted up with earings and all kinds of crazy stuff in their bodies.  It's all relative, and what's relative in football is this, young guys play a physically demanding sport that is basically controlled mayhem.  You want these guys to be animals when they attack the ball but then be princesses when they are off the field.  Wake up conservative is dynamic and change is always around the corner, get with the program and get out of the 50's mentality.

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:44 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

All Teams have dress codes! The Yankees have one of the strictest dress codes in the business but we don't call them racist?

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:42 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

uhm, i don't think he played the race card here. He played the rich powerful guy card. Read before you type.

Since: Aug 22, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:42 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

The Panthers are paying Newton $22,000,000.00 guaranteed.  The money is not just because Cam is expected to play football.  It is also because he is expected to represent the franchise and bring money into the organization, which is owned by Richardson.  The NFL is a business, not a gracious charity for athletic thugs.  The organization that is paying him handsomely can expect Cam to represent the organization in a positive manner.  That is how business works. 

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:42 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I can see being a business owner wanting to project your image in a positive manner.  Someone with tattoos or with pairings doing your face to face business transactions or who speaks publicly for your company could have a negative effect.  However, this is football!  Who was the face of the franchise before Cam Newton?  Only guy I can think of is Steve Smith, and oh yeah, he does have tattoos.  And he's probably the only Carolina Panther that I enjoy watching, he's a hard nose football player who isn't scared to get hit or dish one out himself.  I think Steve Smith represented football and the Carolina Panthers extremely well, even with his tattoos.  I can't think of many NFL players without tattoos, except maybe the Manning twins or their cousin Mr. Brady.  Oh, all white guys, that's right....  So, maybe go hire Bill Romanowski to be the face of your franchise, I don't think he has any tattoos.  He'll just spit in peoples faces and beat up his own teammates, but I never saw him wear an earring, so he should be perfect.

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:40 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Is it wrong to want to protect your product in terms of marketing and perception? People covered in tattoos certainly turn me off, and many other people as well, whether some of you like it or not.  People do not say "Look at that guy's bare arms. He looks awful without any tattoos." But a lot oif people do say "Look at that guy's arms all filled with tattoos, and ugly ones at that. That looks awful."  Like it or not, there are still a lot of negative connotations associated with tattoos, especially when one has them filling almost every visible portion of the arms, legs, and neck. If one cannot skip the tattoos to earn millions of dollars, then one is an idiot. Get the tats when you're done playing. I don't have any problem with Richardson wanting Newton to stay "clean" so to speak. Businesses have every right to protect their image. Some of you young folks may not understand that - yet. But you likely will at some point.

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