Panthers Owner To Cam Newton: No Tattoos, No Piercings

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Panthers Owner To Cam Newton: No Tattoos, No Piercings
 

 

Appearing as guests on PBS’s Charlie Rose (thanks for the head’s up, SportsBusiness Daily), Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Panthers owner Jerry Richardson talked about a variety of issues. I’ll be posting some of the most interesting aspects of their discussion right here.

The first one relates to the pre-draft meeting between Richardson and quarterback Cam Newton. Though the topic was addressed by Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer in April, it’s worth repeating.

Richardson, who said that Newton “was dressed perfectly” for their meeting, was blunt. “I said, ‘Do you have any tattoos?’” Richardson told Rose. “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.”

Interjected the host: “You sound like a Lombardi.”

Said Richardson, “No, I just sound reasonable to me.”

The fact is that, over the years, Richardson has drafted and signed plenty of players who have tattoos and piercings, including tight end Jeremy Shockey. Apparently, Richardson is willing to tolerate those things when it comes to men who won’t become the face of the franchise. For someone like Newton, whom Richardson said has “athletic ability unlike anything that I have seen in quite a few years,” Richardson presumably wants him to do nothing that would potentially alienate the mainstream paying customers.

Regardless of the motivation, there’s something troubling about Richardson’s position. Though Newton can’t be disciplined for getting a tattoo or a piercing or multiple of either, Richardson has made his wishes clear — and he’d likely be unhappy if Newton defies them.

But Richardson isn’t Newton’s father. Newton is a grown man, and he can do whatever he wants by way of decorating his body with ink or ice, or by growing his hair as long as he pleases. The notion that teams would try to make players into non-threatening billboards seems more than a little heavy-handed, even if it’s done in the name of “growing the pie” to the benefit of teams and players alike.


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 7 years ago '10        #2
peeyump 15 heat pts15
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if he doesnt have tats by now he probably doesnt plan on getting any.
 7 years ago '07        #3
shaans27 18 heat pts18
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Didn't see this...
 7 years ago '04        #4
refuze 342 heat pts342
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ol conservative a.ss motherfu*ka
 7 years ago '11        #5
tonio25 4 heat pts
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"Yeah and were gonna need you to bleach your skin too Cameron"
 7 years ago '07        #6
dionedre3000 
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You know me personally I think people should be decent about there appereance and what not but too me a tattoo and earrings don't define a player on that field. Aslong as a player stays out of trouble and more or less comes to work and does his job then it's all good. Atleast it should be.
 7 years ago '04        #7
refuze 342 heat pts342
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it's all about the appearance to the public because he's their franchise quarterback. they don't want no thug
 7 years ago '04        #8
HotBYoungTurk 13 heat pts13
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F*ckin' Slave driver pickin' out his slave.... they have no right to tell him what he can do to his body. I don't have any tats or piercings either, but i be damn.. if i want one, aint nobody gonna stop me from getting it..

Pic-a-n*gga a$$ owner...
 7 years ago '04        #9
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That last part of the article about appealing to the "mainstream paying customers" sounded like "we don't want white people to think you're a thug".
 7 years ago '11        #10
tonio25 4 heat pts
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Tattoo's and earrings make you a thug?
 7 years ago '07        #11
dionedre3000 
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 refuze said:
it's all about the appearance to the public because he's their franchise quarterback. they don't want no thug
Not towards you but since when does a tattoo and earrings define a thug?
 7 years ago '06        #12
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That sh*t is overkill.
 7 years ago '05        #13
StateProperty88 34 heat pts34
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 dionedre3000 said:
Not towards you but since when does a tattoo and earrings define a thug?
to businessmen...for quite sometime now
 7 years ago '04        #14
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these NFL executives are all about the money and public appearance. when you got millions of fans supporting your team, they want their players to look as socially acceptable as possible. not saying i agree with it but i understand the points they're trying to make. cam newton is a fresh start for that franchise and his public image is extremely important.
 7 years ago '04        #15
HotBYoungTurk 13 heat pts13
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in regards to the tattoo situation..

Tattoos don't make u a thug... now there are certain instances that some tattoos are inappropriate.. ie on the neck, hand, face, where they cannot be covered up.. but to say NO tattoos at all is over the top.. I'm sure he just doesn't want to see them, but he sure as hell didn't word it that way according to the report.

piercings.. anybody can get those..Not thuggish though, unless u got some 1 inch wide earring on ur ear thats cliffhanging on ur ear just to stay on. to me it's a lil feminine though.. why u feel the need to accessorize to make u think u look better? that's my take on it.

and what the hell.. this is carolina.. they aint makin no money like that..
 7 years ago '06        #16
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sh*t ain't alright. fu*k these people who set the these "standards" of being socially acceptable in today's society.

Tattoos, body piercings, hair styles have been apart of the worlds culture for THOUSANDS of years. That sh*t represented manhood, a right of passage, or symbols of honor and bravery for many. How dare these narrow minded individuals try and suppress these types of expressions.

Ain't nothing new under the sun. Black folks been black folks since the beginnings of time. fu*k whoever fear us because we don't look, act, and dress like them.

Do you and be you Cam. Open these hater's minds.
 7 years ago '07        #17
Pistol Peter 33 heat pts33
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fu*k outta here..i wish my boss would tell me some sh*t like that
 7 years ago '05        #18
Lil Jay 05 19 heat pts19
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Random Thought here, but what if this owner owned a basketball team and LeBron James was his franchise player. Would he tell him the same thing?
 08-24-2011, 08:28 AM         #19
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lol he want him a good ol clean cut house negro and cam say yes sir like a sucker....his contract is already signed...
 7 years ago '08        #20
AC_89 237 heat pts237
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Thats borderline cism
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