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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: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:59 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Love it...I think Tattoo's look horrible and thuggish. Newton looks great all clean



Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:55 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I hate I had to go thru this crap just to get to my fantasy football. Freeman get real story next time.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:54 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Freeman you are a tool, how do you still have a job? This statement from Richardson is no different than ANY company who demands you cover tattoos on your arms with long sleeve shirts or like the Yankees who have the "no facial hair" restriction on their players. Get over yourself, owners of businesses have a right to have their employees adhere to a dress code. 



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:53 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I'm done with Freeman.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:53 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Wow, an impressive attempt to draw up controversey as well as show a profound lack of knowledge of what it is like in the real work place, where dress codes do include the removal of piercings and the covering of tatoos. Bt since proffessional athletes have more rights than us, then it's considered treating them like property? It wasn't until I started forming my comment that I realized how close Freeman was to calling NFL owners Slave owners. Freeman needs to be put out of a job. Freeman really needs to look at himself in the mirror and ask who really is the racist?  



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:51 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Remind me again, which one is signing the checks? And what's the the "But again, this is the era we're in" comment? Haven't the Yankees had rules about hair and beards forever?

Another example of looking the a "story" where there really isn't one. Pretty lame reporting



Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:44 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

First of all, this is a ridiculous news story. There has to be more pertinent and interesting stuff to write about. Now, that being said, let's throw out some scenarios that male this look asinine. In regards to telling a grown man what he can/cannot do with his own body...RIDICULOUS. If Cam wants to get tats he can...it is his body to destroy as he sees fit. I totally am against tattoos..the long term ramifications of them will pan out in time and we will see infomercials and commercials like the drug company related ones out now - "did you take Zoloft during your pregnancy and now have a child with....contact the law firm of Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe...etc etc etc". That being said, what if an owner tells his player that he MUST get tattoos to play here? He gets them and then gets traded to a team that bans tattoos...what then? I understand the "face of the franchise" issue and the appearances that reflect such a moniker and the owner has the right to want these things in his franchise, but he CANNOT legislate to a grown man whether he can have tats or piercings. If you don't want your players to have them then don't sign them. Tattoos and piercings and gauges etc etc are here to stay...learn to live with 'em or shun the purveyors of them. I personally HATE THEM... they are ugly and unsightly and make people look like walking fools, but that's my opinion to which I am entitled...but I would never say "you CANNOT have them" (except to my child).



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:40 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

".....instructs him who he date..."?  Where da white women at?   "...decreasing rights...."?  All footballers have the right to be as stupid looking as the please.  (ie T Pryor.....another "grown ass man"?)  For geeze sake, y'all, let's not try to improve on Scam's image.  Just another example of the man keeping a brotha down.  I luv it!!!



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:39 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Where I work I cannot have tattoos showing nor can I have earrings while I work.  This is no different.  Companies want employees who represent them in the manner that they want.  If I don't like it I can go work somewhere else.  If he doesn't like it he can choose a different profession.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:38 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I agree 100% Freeman. I had long hair in high school and had to cut it for basketball and baseball eventually I quit playing Basketball and I refused to cut it my last year of Baseball.


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