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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 12, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:26 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Well, I see his point in not wanting him to get an earring. Having a gay quarterback couldn't be good.

But telling a grown ass man...

Since: Jun 14, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:16 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

WTF!? REALLY how bout steve smith? doesnt he have tattoos? jerry should open his eyes and look around like 90 percent of the nfl has a tattoo. to cam newton i say in the words of coach kine from the waterboy  "What momma dont no wont hurt her!"

Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:15 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

He's paying Cam and therefore has the right to request him to be tattoo/peircing free.  Cam doesn't really have to follow the suggestion.  It might had been better had Richardson said, "if you want a piercing, don't wear it on the field or in press home or on the town, it's up to you but I'd rather you not.  As for tattoo's, stick to ones you can cover up with a shirt or pants.  You will open up more marketing opportunities if you follow that advice."

Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:14 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Has he looked at Steve Smith lately?

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:11 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I don't see how this story is any different from the Yankees club rules.  When Johnny Damn left Boston for New York, a haircut was required for Johnny to play in the Bronx.  No one made a fuss, it was club policy and George Steinbrenner was clearly the one in charge, not his players. 

There are only 2 differences I see here and they shouldn't matter what-so-ever.  One, the Panthers don't have the history the Yankees do.  That doesn't mean that the Panthers can't have the rules the Yankees have.  Nothing wrong with wanting a nice professional appearance of your marquee players.  If Cam doesn't want to follow club rules, I'm sure he's good with paying club fines or whatever else the TEAM OWNER decides.

Second difference, and I'm not doing the legwork to verify, but Freeman is quick to come to the defense of the African-American athletes on his blogs, while the rest of the sporting world seems to go undiscussed.  If he feels as though the owner of a team shouldn't have any say in how the faces of his company should look, act or behave, then we should be able to find a similar article by Freeman about Johnny Damon and his hair, Big Ben and his "girlfriends" or any other poor choice a non-African-American athlete has made in the last few years.  Bet you won't find it.

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:10 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

There are very few professions in life where you can tat up and pierce everything and be taken seriously.  Actor, musician to name a couple.  Newton is an employee of Richardson and whether someone likes it or not, there are rules when a person works for someone.  Do not like the rules move on.  I love how journalist or opinion givers think since they believe a certain way then they need to spin an article to relfect badly on a person.  Tattoos might be more accepted in society today but not everyone likes them.  They are entitle to believe that.  This article tries to spin the owner is or a slave owner or unreasonable.  Guess what, maybe you wrong Freeman.  Maybe you are on the wrong side of the arguement.

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:10 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

As a person of Color I do get the Jest of your position, and would agree that at "one" time it may have been a troubling comment.
Having said that? I'd say...With "ALL" due respect? Mr. Newton is "NOT" obligated to render his services to the NFL. There's the CFL?
Then there's the AFL? I do believe there's another, whose alphabites escape me right now. Then there's the "Private" Sector? I do 
realize athletes are exploited in College, but they also have the oppurtunity to "LEARN" during their College experience. If they choose
not to? Sadly that was "their" choice. But even with "some" college, you can land a management position at Wal-Mart. It's not everyday, 
or any person who can make "MILLIONS" playing a sport? A dangerous one, but a sport just the same. If an owner came up to me
with that kind of money? I'd shave my wife's head. If she let me that is? But one line would probably handle that situation? Darling,
Go out and buy "WHATEVER" you want. =)

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:10 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Typical Freeman column. There are rights and there are priviliges. Some deal with the law and some deal with employment. Let's not confuse the two. Maybe it should be asked if he has a conceal and carry permit. Would that be too far fetched to ask?

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:10 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

They write the checks that you are cashing.  If you don't like their policy quit.  It's that simple.

As you can tell from my earlier post, I agree with you, except it is not that simple.  In the "real world" Newton could quit and maybe find a job in the same field with a competor.  In the NFL, he is not free to do so.  Im sure the Raiders would take him.  In fact the scarier he looks the more they would want him.  Unfortunately he is not free to say screw you richardson i'm working for Al.

Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:06 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

A touch of good ol slavery.  That is what the NFL reminds me of.  You buy somebody to work for you and you own them in every aspect of their life.  Are QBs allowed to wipe their own ass with the hand they throw the ball with?  If so why, I would think these owners(notice the word owners) would not have their players subject theirselves to injury in any form.  If I were Cam I would get a ton of clip on piercings and painted on tatoos just to let him know he donesn't own me.  He bought me to play football and thats what I do for my pay. My opinion is that Slavery reveres its ugly self in alot of sports and nobody seems to notice it or they just come to deal with it because OH YEAH WE WANT TO WIN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP.  Let the players be themselves and maybe you'll get what you want instead of the players having to play the game on eggshells.

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