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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 6, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:06 am

Players have to stop calling team CEOs "owners"

Perhaps all player's unions in all sports should inform their membership to never again call team CEOs "owners" because that term CLEARLY has gone to the CEOs' heads.
It's aMAzing how conservative sports fans are... Every time a dust-up or issue occurs between an athlete or a team, owner, or league, the fans side with.....the team, owner or league.


This is going to have some racial implications. I would bet my left nut that all of the fans siding with Richardson are white. Now, does that mean that ALL white fans side with Richardson? No, but all that do will be white, I betcha'.

It's like with Obama, SOME, not all obviously, but SOME whites are so determined to see him in the wrong-he can NEVER be right, no matter if he is. That's how athletes are treated-no matter how right or justified they may be-some fans will never admit it.

Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:05 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

C'mon Mike, quit hiding and just come out and call Richardson a racist. He very well may be. Regardless, he's the owner of his business.

Like many other commentors have stated, you abide by the dress code or find another job. I don't exactly agree with Richardson, but I don't necessarily like the dress code of my employer either and I myself am a "grown ass man" as well. If I feel strongly enough that I'd like to have facial hair, visible tattoo's, or piercings, then I'll find another place of employment that allows it.

I didn't realize that a person couldn't know that MOST businesses have dress codes as well as a code of conduct for behavior. Take your head out of the sand Mike.

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

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I wonder if Cam was pissed his daddy didn't let him get any tat's with the Auburn $$$$$$$$

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:56 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Screw all you corporate ass kissers!  Cam ought to get Jerry's face tattooed right on his ass!  And @irregardless, if you were a hack writer you'd be right there in the "stupid race"!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:53 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

All over America people don't get jobs because of piercings and tattoos. And in many workplaces any piercings have to be removed and tattoos must be covered. I think a lot of businesses take it way to far, but if you are the face of a company they have the right to do certain things to protect their image, and this is among the things they are allowed.

My only issue here is that Cam cannot choose which team he plays for, so the "get another job" comments ignore that the exclusivity granted by the draft does mean it is not quite that simple. Were the tattoo/piercing policy league wide it would be different, but it's not leage wide. Of course, there is no evidence they actually are stopping him from getting a tattoo, so I'd say this is more a case of Freeman having a deadline and no good story ideas. 

Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:46 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I wonder if Freeman would feel the same way if he were offered a job on CBS TV, with those same restrictions. 

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:42 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I really believe Mikie Freeman is trying to top himself in the stupid category. Mikie, you are the undisputed champ of dumb. Of all the hack writers and bloggers out there, only Gregg Doyel comes close, but the distance is still so vast it is doubtful even he can out stupid you.

Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:39 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Richardson is his employer and can dictate whatever he wants in the workplace.  If Cam doesn't like it this is America and he has the right to get another job.

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:37 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

George Steinbrenner did this all the time, it is hardly new, and in the end if it keeps the checks coming players usually listen.  I don't have a problem with an owner not wanting a Dennis Rodman to be the face of the franchise.  

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:33 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

The name on the left hand side of check means the the name in middle works or him.  I personally think its more than acceptable.  He is getting paid to represent the team and town and fan (and owner).  Anyone respectable doesn't want ink in the kids eyes.......and even if it isn't kid's....let's say this millionaire you're paying gets some ink with a message or at a place that some don't agree with??  How is that different than buying a new car then getting a new bumper sticker permanatly attached with a message you may or may not agree with?  If you don't agree, will stay at your current job.  


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