Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to sell team after allegations of workplace misconduct

18 December, 2017, 03:38 | Author: Cary Erickson
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In the report, the Panthers owner allegedly asked female staffers to turn around "so he could admire their backsides", on his way to his office.

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced on Sunday that he would be putting the team up for sale.

"Politicizing the game is damaging and takes the focus off the greatness of the game itself and those who played it", Richardson said in the statement, via

Reports surfaced Friday that the franchise's 81-year-old founder would be subject to an internal investigation.

The Panthers issued a statement on Friday saying the team had started an investigation of Richardson.

The SI story, if true, I believe will serve to oust Richardson one way or another from the team that he founded and which he has owned since the Panthers began play in 1995. The NFL said through a spokesman that it will conduct the investigation and expects to retain outside counsel, but declined further comment.

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According to Sports Illustrated, at least four former Panthers employees have received "significant" monetary settlements as a result of inappropriate workplace conduct by Richardson, including "sexually suggestive language and behavior, and on at least one occasion directing a racial slur at an African-American Panthers scout". The process was going to be overseen by limited owner and former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles.

The announcement comes hours after the National Football League said it was taking over an investigation into workplace misconduct allegations against Richardson.

The first game the team will play following the news comes next Sunday when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "We talked about it - one of the things we talked about is you respect who is he for who he has been for you, more so than anything else", Rivera said. When my brother passed, he was a tremendous help in getting me out to Reno, Nevada for the funeral and getting me back.

It has been a whirlwind year for the Panthers organization. The employee reportedly left the team earlier this year with a confidential settlement.

Then, as the Panthers were preparing for training camp, Richardson unexpectedly fired general manager Dave Gettleman, who has led the team to the Super Bowl just two years ago and replaced him with former general manager Marty Hurney.



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