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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: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:39 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos


As a professional journalist you have to use the phrase "grown ass man" in an article? Don't get me wrong. I am not hte least bit offended by he use of formerly unnacceptable words in print. I think our society has devolved enough to where that is readily accepted.

But as a "professional" journalist, you should at least use some uh dat, u know, muh fuh grammar sh*t.

So is only his ass grown? Is he a man grown from someone's ass? or is he an assman that is grown?

BTW, why did you chime in and say "We want to keep it that way..."? Are you and Jerry tight?

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:33 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Hell, Newton might want to skip the tattoos just to be unique.  Long ago, tattoos were unique and counter-culture.  Now they are as common as water. EVERYBODY and their grandma has one.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:30 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Freeman, I wish you boss would tell you to not write such stupid articles. Maybe Scam and Terrell can go out and get some tats together. If Scam doesn't like the rules then go to work somewhere else. What fans do and what players do are two different things. My office has a dress code, and yes, you can have a tat, but when someone else is picked to be the face of the organization, don't whine!

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:29 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I don't think Richardson was demanding that Cam not express himself, but Cam should listen to the owner's "advice".

Cam has Hollywood looks and is already a marketing machine.  He can make mega-millions in endorsements/entertainment, but needs to present the right image.  No visible/outrageous tattos or piercings.

Freeman is an awful writer as is most of the Sportsline staff.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:27 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Hey, Freeman, I don't know if you have noticed, but the players in the NFL don't exactly have a reputation for being professionals especially over the last 5 to 10 years.  It seems like I don't go a week without seeing something on the news about a player(white/black doesn't matter) getting in trouble with the law.  You want to be treated like a grown-ass man, act like one then.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:26 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

There is of course a difference between your employment and Cam Newton's; you are replaceable while Cam Newtown is not.  This key difference is the entire reason for NFL's labor troubles.  If Cam Newton wants to get a tattoo, I say go get one.  What is Richardson gonna do if he does... fire him?  Richardson is the absolute epitome of giant ego among the owners.  For some reason he seems to think that it's his role that is the most important to the team and that the players are replaceable.  I just don't get it.  It seems as though good-ole fashioned paternalism is still prevalent in today's discourse.  I also wonder if Richardson told Clausen the same thing when he was drafted?

Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:20 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Is this really news?  With all of the training camps and preseason games in full swing, who really cares about this?

My boss is allowed to tell me how he WANTS me to live my life away from the office.  I am allowed to work somewhere else if I choose. 

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:20 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

One point that everyone is missing is that if we don't like the dress codes at our jobs, we can find another job (not really in this economy...poor millionaire NFL players...).  For NFL'ers, they are under contract, and they do not get to choose where they go (unless your last name is "Manning" or "Elway").  They can't ply their trade anywhere else without permission from the team that has contracted them.  It is a little different than a regular workplace dress code.

That being said, Freeman, it must be a slow day for you.  I also "felt the vibe" of insinuating that NFL owners are analogous to "slave owners."  You seem to throw that around a lot in your articles, and you really shouldn't.  The players who play for the "slave owner" NFL team owners make millions, and can chose to retire at any time.  An actual slave owner didn't pay anything and would kill those trying to escape from their "contracts."  

Slow your roll on the racially charged comments like this, please.  It is not arrogance when a business owner requires his employees to dress and look a certain way.  It is business.

I wonder what you would have said if Carolina picked up Robert Gallery in free agency and Richardson had made some comments like this to him.  Would you have been as outraged?  I'm not sure you would be, to be completely honest.

Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:15 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Wow, Mike you are totally off base.  Most places of business (specifically that deal directly with the public) have some code of conduct in which they need you to look or act in a certain way.  Newton is going to be the face of that business.  As Newton's boss/employer, Richardson has every right to ask or enforce those rules if Newton wants to be employed there.  I work at a business which even goes to the extent inwhich I can only have a limited amount of facial hair (no beards), haircuts a certain length, and yes, even no facial piercings (which includes earings because I'm a male.)  It has nothing to do with 'having no rights'.  If you do not want to follow the rules then you can go work for someone else.  Its that simple.  Sadly, we live in an 'era' in which most people think that the rules don't apply to them for whatever reason. Especially athletes. 

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:06 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Did you ever do the same article about Steinbrenner's no-facial-hair rule? Doubt it. So shut up.

Also, funny thing: the lead-in to this article states that Richardson doesn't own Cam's body.

Actually, YES HE DOES. He owns the team and every player on it.

Everything I've ever read and heard about Jerry Richardson tells me he is a deplorable human being.  Nevertheless, he owns the team.

  And as is customary, Freeman has missed the mark.

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