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Panthers QB Cam Newton claims former team owner never said he couldn’t get a tattoo

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton got his first tattoo on Monday, six months after Jerry Richardson sold the team.

That kind of falls right in line with the rumor that Richardson would not allow Newton to get a tattoo when he first came into the league in 2011, but Newton squashed that story on Instagram:

“He NEVER said I could NOT get a tattoo or grow my HAIR,” Newton posted Thursday on his Instagram story after news about his tattoo surfaced, per David Newton of ESPN.com. “I was free to do WHATEVER I wanted to do! I should have said something the first time this came up years ago but I can not let this fly this time! I KNOW FOOTBALL SEASON IS OVER AND REPORTERS ARE SCRAMBLING FOR NEWS STORIES BUT THIS AIN’T IT! Stop with the s—s! 1OVE.”

So, apparently, it was just a coincidence.

The ink Newton ended up getting was a small tattoo on his left hand.

Newton is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he threw for 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while completing 67.9 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 94.2.

He was shut down for the final two games of the season due to shoulder issues that had plagued him throughout the entire second half of the year, resulting in a dip in his overall numbers.

As a matter of fact, nine of Newton’s 13 picks came after Week 9, where he proceeded to throw an interception in six straight games—including a four-pick day in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 2—before the Panthers decided to rest him.