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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 20, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:05 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Go get a tattoo on your neck and your nose pierced and see what your boss at CBS does.  What an ignorant ass post.



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:57 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Sorry, I hate to say it. But in the real world, this happens everyday. Why should sports be any different. They want to clean up the mess, try to get a good paying job with metel all over your face or gangster tats..sorry ass you are wrong. Look at the nba, and you see what is wrong there. You can tat your self, they dont have to hire ya.



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:56 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Newton is an employee of a buisness. That being the NFL and the Carolina Panthers. Lets get this clear if you work for say IBM your expected to show up in certain attire and act accordingly to best display your company.  Same can be said about the employees for the NFL and it's teams.  They write the checks that you are cashing.  If you don't like their policy quit.  It's that simple.  You as an employee have that right to work there or not.  I hear McDonald's is always hiring.



Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:46 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Just a million dollar slave……..so if he gets a tattoo
on his A** what are they going to do fire him. People in charge always come up
with these rule until you need someone look at the military and tattoos, when
you need people you take what you can get.  They been coming down on Newton from the start
how many player on the team have tattoo? I bet they would not say that to Luck
my bad he already looks like the face of the franchise




Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:38 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I bet if he does tell him who he can't date, Jessica Simpson is on the list!



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:37 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Wrong. like it or not Newton is the face of the organization and Richardson (who is paying him) has ever right to portray the image he wants.  (when traveling, why do some teams insist on their players dressing up?  They are just going on a play why can't they wear t-shirts and shorts).  If you own a company, you have a right to insist that your receptionist dresses appropriately, she is the first person customers see when entering a building.  Now picture her with a facial tattoo, skin tight paints with a whale's tail sticking out, a tramp stamp, no bra and a t-shirt that is 3 sizes to small with hand prints over her boobs and words that say: squeeze the Charmin or can't touch this or some other inappropriate saying.  As the owner you have the right to present the image you want not the image your employees want.  However Richardson should not have been such an A$$ and he should not have let it become public knowledge.



Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:35 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Another imbicilic journalist trying to tell the owner of  team what a player should or shouldn't do. He has very right to ask him not to have tatoos or earrings, you Mr Freeman have the right to expose your ignorance, this is after all still a free country, so far. Thanx for letting me know where you stand on such matters though, it makes it easier to skip your columns and opinions that way!!   




Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:35 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

You're angle isn't quite strong enough. You're trying to turn nothing into something and it's clear all troughout the article. See me after class.




Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:33 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Decreasing rights? How about this: they can have all the hardware and tats they like, but cut their salaries in half and the ticket prices as well. While over 9% of the country is out of work (and a much higher percentage in real terms), someone who is getting $22 million over four years to throw a ball should just do what he's asked to do by his management. They are investing in him as the face of their franchise and want to ensure some kind of return. There's nothing wrong with that.




Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:32 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

If an employee does not like what an employer asks them to do, the employee needs to get a new job.  When you get paid millions of dollars in the NFL there are lots of reasons to comply.  The correct response for Cam Newton when talking with the boss: "Yes Sir".



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