Panthers Owner Richardson Decrees to QB Newton – “No Tattoos or Piercings”

By Panthers Gab Columnist Trey Woody

Apparently Jerry Richardson sat down with Cam Newton about certain expectations for his appearance on the team. Newton was asked if he had any tattoos or piercings to which he replied, “No sir, I don’t have any.” Richardson then promptly 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.” In any other profession that holds a dress code like this could be expected, but this is the NFL. How does a chosen form of expression really affect a player’s performance?

Not only does Cam have the team, the fans, and all of the organization’s hopes riding on his performance, but now he has to deal with making sure he doesn’t tarnish his clean-cut appearance? Hogwash. To Jerry Richardson’s credit, it does make sense to want the face of your organization to have a distinguished look about him. However, I do not think it is fair to ask such a thin. Especially from a player who has yet to become what all of footballdom has already bestowed upon him.

Does anyone really think it matters if Cam gets a tattoo or two? Maybe he prefers to keep his simple doo instead of growing a mane? Who knows. What do the fans really think about it?


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4 Responses to “Panthers Owner Richardson Decrees to QB Newton – “No Tattoos or Piercings””

  1. jimmy says:

    I have no problem with it, Cam is nothing more than an investment and employee of the NFL, whatever they want, he needs to comply. People that don’t agree would never be able to succeed in the business world.

    If you can’t comply, you can’t contribute.

    • rob says:

      another white owner telling the black guys to look one way and the white guys can look any way. that how u run a business, what business world do u work in?

  2. Louis S says:

    Tell a player how you want him to look is not gonna fly…Are these the expectations for the entire team? I don’t think so!!!

  3. So what if the guy gets a few tattoos, 95% of the nfl rosters
    have a few tattoos. As long as his on field performances are not affected so what!