Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson will put team up for sale

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson will put team up for sale

In a separate report Sunday, from Sports Illustrated, it was revealed that at least four former Panthers employees have received payouts from Richardson for sexual misconduct and at least one instance of directing a racial slur toward an African-American Panthers scout.

Richardson played for the Baltimore Colts for two seasons and became the first former player to own a team since George Halas.

Richardson widely remains behind the scenes as the Panthers owner, but he has been in controversial situations in both recent and distant memory.

Richardson was hospitalized in 2008, one month after receiving a pacemaker. This is that same shirt getting dunked into a barrel of red wine, then dragged through a dumpster and then set afire.

The team issued a statement on Friday saying it had opened an investigation into Richardson.

Team president Danny Morrison resigned in February after spending eight years taking over numerous duties of Richardson's sons, Mark and Jon, who left the organization in 2009 amid in-house fighting over how the Panthers were being run.

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The Panthers' original announcement raised questions about the independence of an investigation conducted by one of the team's owners.

On Friday afternoon, the Carolina Panthers announced that they were launching an investigation into their team owner, Jerry Richardson, for what was cited vaguely as "workplace misconduct".

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson walks on the field before Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium. He owes Panthers fans at least that much, and that would at least preserve a portion of his legacy. "Did you step into those jeans or did you have to jump into them?" Others, said the magazine, talked of Richardson "giving back rubs that lingered too long or went too low down the spine". Richardson is reportedly referred to only as "Mister" around the organization. The shock value of the Sports Illustrated story will eventually fade, but Richardson will never be perceived exactly the same way again in the Carolinas. What sponsors are going to be jumping up and down to renew deals - or sign new ones - with the Panthers after this?

Richardson, if found guilty of workplace misconduct, could be subject to discipline under the NFL's personal conduct policy, which applies to all personnel within the league.

The Panthers shut off access to cameras and reporters for player arrivals for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers at Bank of America Stadium, according to ESPN. Richardson, 81, has owned the Panthers since their founding, and is the only current owner to have actually played in the NFL.

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