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SBD/August 24, 2011/Franchises
Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson Likes Newton With No Tattoos Or Piercings
Published August 24, 2011
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OUT OF BOUNDS? PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Mike Florio notes Richardson "has drafted and signed plenty of players who have tattoos and piercings," including new TE Jeremy Shockey. Richardson appears "willing to tolerate those things when it comes to men who won't become the face of the franchise." But when it comes to Newton, Richardson "presumably wants him to do nothing that would potentially alienate the mainstream paying customers." Still, Florio writes, "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" (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 8/24). YAHOO SPORTS' Chris Chase writes, "Yes, it's hypocritical because his team's star player for the past decade has tattoos all over his arms. It's not unfair though. ... You have to adhere to the rules of your place of business" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/24). But CBSSPORTS.com's Mike Freeman writes, "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 ears pierced?" (CBSSPORTS.com, 8/24).