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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: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:30 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Everyone trying to equate this to jim crow laws in the south need to check up a little bit. So does Freeman. There are numerous employers in this country and around the world that have certain dress codes that apply to piercings, hairstyles and other body modifications. Can they get away with it? Certainly they can. They are a business and people that work for them whether they be flipping burgers, standing watch in Iraq or a professional athlete, are EMPLOYEES. It can be listed by that employer as a condition of employment. Provided those conditions are not applied differently to different players.

I don't necessarily agree with it however, as the guy signing the checks, if that condition is applied across the spectrum of the team, then so be it. The first time he lets some other player on the team grow hair out from under the helmet or get inked from fist to ears or looking like Rodman with piercings, that condition goes out the window. Regardless of who is supposedly the "Face of the franchise"

And when Newton gets the suggested tat, he can add to the front of it, "My former employer" just so he acknowledges up front.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:29 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Jerry Richardson would like to live in the 1930s,when things were better.....

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:28 pm

Employers make the rules - nothing new!

   Admittedly this is not the most non-controversial subject that Mr. Freeman can bring up . . and assuredly there will be views from one extreme to the other . . as there are those that have tatoos/earrings and those that do not.
   The Military has its (written) dress/appearance code; government civilians have (mostly unwritten) their appearance perimeters; educators, lawyers, doctors, etc. all have acceptable appearance standards.  And none mentioned are making the millions that many of the professional sports participants garner in just one year.
   However, the deal should be done up front and the expectations should be clear . . if the owner has in his own mind what a 'model' for the franchise should be, then so be it.  He who writes the check should have a voice in how the employee portrays the 'company'.  It has been this way for some time now . . except that the primadonnas of the sports world look upon it differently . . much too often.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:20 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Jerry is the owner!!! He is not his agent.  Get a clue!!!

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:11 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Freeman followed his useless Tebow article with another equally useless article.  There is nothing wrong with what Richardson asked or requested.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:09 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

As an employer, he has a right to tell his employees what is acceptable and what is not. I think all Richardson did was telling Cam that he represent the franchise and therefore he must look presentable. I don't think Richardson cares if he has millions of tattoos as long as it's not on his face. Freeman, if CBS tells you they don't want you to have any piercings or tattoos visible when you come to work, you'll do it too because they're you're employer plus you need the job, so stop acting like a thug. That's the whole problem with America today, it's the "ME FIRST" generation and clearly Freeman is one of them.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:05 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

Amen to that!.  Richardson is writing the checks and Newton is getting paid to play a game.  Do what the owner wants!

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:05 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

As Cam Newton's agent, Jerry Richardson has every right to try to mold Newton into whatever public figure he thinks is best for Newton's short term and long term marketability. An agent's responsibility goes beyond simply getting an athlete a large contract. In Essence, it isn't simply, "Show me the money.". It's HOW Richardson 'Shows him the money.' And there isn't a better image , short term or long term, than a clean-cut image.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:02 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

If this is the best story you can come up with I mean who the bleep cares? whats next what kind of toiletries a baseball player uses. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers both are non stories. Jerry Richardson is a buffoon.

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:59 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

I have both tats and earings. If I was to go to a job interview I wouldn't wear my earings. The tattoos I have are shoulder and back. I can see where the owner is coming from as far as tattoos, but an upper arm or out of sight tattoo shouldn't be a problem.  Getting a sleeve can be a bit much when he wants a QB that may be the face of the franchise to look clean cut. Just look at the Yankees, they aren't allowed facial hair other then a mustache and thier hair can't be longer then a certain point. This was George Steinbrenner's way. This is what the owner wants as far as Cam Newton is concerned, he should do as the owner say because he writes the checks. Just like any other job that doesn't want you to look a certain way. If he had the tattoos before hand the owner couldn't say anything.

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