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Jerry Richardson to Cam: No Tattoos, No Piercings

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The Panthers had a reputation for having thugs on the team in the late 90's after the whole Rae Carruth debacle, Fred Lane, Kerry Collins being racist, etc.

He knew Cam would be the unquestioned face of the franchise and he's trying to distance himself from those days. Nothing wrong with that. Even though tattoos and piercings in no way mean you're a thug, an old rich white man would have course associate the two. It's okay, he's writing the checks, he can do whatever he wants.

I'll remember to pay someone before making prejudice insinuations, thanks for the tip.

Because I love football for football, and not the drama, I really don't care. JR is a buisness man thinks of this team like so and as we all know most businesses you try and work for won't hire you with a bunch of piercings and tattoos. It's traditional and it's prejudice, but it's no the end of the world, I doubt anyone thinks have to listen to an old traditional man who doesn't even know what email is.

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wfnz straight up stole this topic from the huddle lol

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JR must not think too highly of this guy then:

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If this article from PFT is correct (which I doubt) we should assume JR doesnt approve of what DeAngelo Williams looks like. We should probably assume DeAngelo is a bad person too.

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wfnz straight up stole this topic from the huddle lol

Interesting because I heard them talking about it an hour before it was posted here and they had Florio already lined up to call in and talk about it.

Silly WFNZ....why you be so psychic?

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If this article from PFT is correct (which I doubt) .

Take it for what it's worth but apparently Jerry said it on TV....

http://mike-freeman.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/6264363/31514743

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.

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JR must not think too highly of this guy then:

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If this article from PFT is correct (which I doubt) we should assume JR doesnt approve of what DeAngelo Williams looks like. We should probably assume DeAngelo is a bad person too.

nah, PFT took a comment and turned it into something it isn't.

Cam came in a polished All American type guy.....Jerry would prefer he stay that way. Doesn't mean Jerry thinks less of Steve Smith.....who we know is his homie.

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JR must not think too highly of this guy then:

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If this article from PFT is correct (which I doubt) we should assume JR doesnt approve of what DeAngelo Williams looks like. We should probably assume DeAngelo is a bad person too.

Just because he would prefer that the face of his franchise maintain an old fashioned wholesome image doesn't mean that he expressly disapproves of tattoos and the like.

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This isn't about what he thinks about individual people; this is all about Marketing. No question that "clean cut" guys get a lot more in endorsements. Plus, Cam needs to rebuild his reputation a bit.

Tiger Woods gets around $105 million a year which is light years ahead of every other athlete. Keep working hard Cam.

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We did this already.

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Just because he would prefer that the face of his franchise maintain an old fashioned wholesome image doesn't mean that he expressly disapproves of tattoos and the like.

Michael Vick had cornrows and was the highest paid player in the NFL and had a HUGE contract from Nike. Larry Fitzgerald has dreads and just got QB money from AZ, and has endorsements with Nike as well. Truth be told, nothing wrong with clean cut and Cam is a guy that isnt into all that other stuff, but Charlotte is one of the few markets that is anal about it. This wouldnt even be a story or care in NY, ATL, LA. I dont think they're tripping off "image" like this in those markets. I think letting a statement get out like this is a slippery slope because they're players on the payroll who fit that bill and there are fans who have "tatts and piercings" who support the Panthers.

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Michael Vick had cornrows and was the highest paid player in the NFL and had a HUGE contract from Nike. Larry Fitzgerald has dreads and just got QB money from AZ, and has endorsements with Nike as well. Truth be told, nothing wrong with clean cut and Cam is a guy that isnt into all that other stuff, but Charlotte is one of the few markets that is anal about it. This wouldnt even be a story or care in NY, ATL, LA. I dont think they're tripping off "image" like this in those markets. I think letting a statement get out like this is a slippery slope because they're players on the payroll who fit that bill and there are fans who have "tatts and piercings" who support the Panthers.

people are taking this all too literal.

There is a difference between Larry Fitz and say a Steve Smith/Jeremy Shockey. JR would be fine if Cam presented himself like Fitz. JR was really paying Cam a compliment in his own way......NOT so much as telling Cam what he can't do. Jez.....

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Michael Vick had cornrows and was the highest paid player in the NFL and had a HUGE contract from Nike. Larry Fitzgerald has dreads and just got QB money from AZ, and has endorsements with Nike as well.

I get what you are saying KT. But look at the bigger endorsement pie. There are billions of dollars to be had out there outside of Nike and Under Armour. Who knows how many more companies outside of Nike would have given Vick endorsement deals if he was clean cut like Cam. American Express and Tiger Woods (pre-scandal of course) for example.

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